HBO 2011 Line Up
Note: It’s all subject to change. Updates will be made accordingly. Any omissions are probably for the best.
Here’s a look at some of the goods coming from HBO this year, it’s not a definite list so check your local listings and or HBO for more. So gone are the days of The Wire, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under – and here are the days of great returning shows and mini-series events of 2011, let’s take a look.
HBO 2010 Year in Review, Looking Forward 2011
Boardwalk Empire- Just recently wrapped up its very impressive first season, following resounding critical acclaim and high viewer numbers for the series, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season. A show that has contributions from the likes of Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) and Terence Winter (The Sopranos), and a cast that includes Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt, you just know it’s going to succeed. This show was nothing short of amazing, I can’t wait for season 2.
Eastbound & Down – If this intro doesn’t make you want to watch this show, then I feel sorry for you. Eastbound recently finished its second glorious season on HBO, a comedy show starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher. Producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay received an order for six episodes for the first season from HBO. Its second season, consisting of seven episodes, began on September 26, 2010. On October 27, HBO announced they were renewing the show for a third season. Get ready!
Premiering this Friday the 14th, The Ricky Gervais Show in its highly anticipated second season. If you’re like me and had listened to the podcasts ad nauseum, the animations were an added bonus, and if you’re new to the whole Ricky experience, isn’t it great? Also returning is Real Time with Bill Maher, a lot of people don’t seem to like him for some reason, I once called him the smartest man on television and some people stopped speaking to me. You got your head in the sand there pretty deep Mom.
The end is near for Big Love [Jan 16th] and Entourage [Summer, with movie planned afterwards], both HBO staples will bow out following their respective seasons this year. Do you think Jeremy Piven will be hard up to find work playing…Jeremy Piven?
Treme [April 2011] – After a stellar first season that held up mainly due to the outstanding cast, HBO renewed the show for a second season.
True Blood [Summer] – I haven’t watched season 3 yet, I just had too much to watch I guess. On June 21 2010, HBO renewed True Blood for a fourth season, set to debut in summer 2011. I better catch up.
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Little is known at this time (Larry David likes it that way), but what is known is season eight will air in 2011—will be set in New York, instead of Los Angeles. Additionally, Ricky Gervais will guest star in at least one episode…prettay…pretty….prettay good.
Angry Boys is an upcoming television series. It was created by, and stars, Australian actor and comedian Chris Lilley, creator of TV series Summer Heights High, which you should check out right away if you haven’t [clip]. There are twelve half-hour episodes of this series scheduled to start airing in March 2011, HBO stated that the network would be co-producing the series with the ABC and the BBC.
Game of Thrones [April 17, 2011] is an upcoming “medieval fantasy” based George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, it chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among noble families for control of the Iron Throne of Westeros. I played the card game once; something tells me this series might be more exciting.
The Sunset Limited – February 12th 2011
Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) will star in HBO Films The Sunset Limited, based on the play of the same name by Cormac McCarthy (The Road, All the Pretty Horses). Directed and executive produced by Jones from a script by McCarthy it will reunite Jones and Jackson once again as the two shared the screen in 2000 with Rules of Engagement. The Sunset Limited is a searing two-character drama that tells the story of a stranger who saves another man from throwing himself in front of the Sunset Limited, a Harlem subway train. Secluded in the apartment of the rescuer, the two men from vastly different backgrounds engage in an intense exchange of ideologies as they debate the value of their existence.
Cinema Verite – 2011
Diane Lane (Secretariat), Tim Robbins (Mystic River) and James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) star in Cinema Verite, the HBO Films presentation takes a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking documentary “An American Family”, which chronicled the lives of the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbara family to notoriety in the creation of a new television genre – the reality TV series.
Mildred Pierce - Spring 2011
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road) stars in the title role of the HBO Miniseries presentation Mildred Pierce, along with Guy Pearce (Memento) and Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood). Directed by Todd Haynes (I’m Not There) Mildred Pierce is the epic story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughter’s love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles. The five-part miniseries, produced in association with MGM, will follow the story laid out by James M. Cain in his 1941 novel of the same name.