Lest you forget, HBO has the epic television game on lock. Between looking back at the year that was in 2013 and anticipating whatís to come going forward, the itís-not-TV network managed to sneak a few surprises and teasers into their year-ending promo video. Turns out thereís plenty to be excited about thatís coming up in 2014, including a first look at season four of Game of Thrones, and new series The Leftovers, True Detective, Looking, Silicon Valley, and even John Oliverís new one, too.
Accountability. If Iím speaking as the wise, old thirty-something Girls viewer after just watching the trailer for the third season of Lena Dunhamís HBO dramedy, Iíd say thatís something thatís been a little absent among the characters in this series thus far. I suppose accountability is something that develops in time, or it should, as young twenty-somethings trudge through adulthood trying to accept the parts of their lives that arenít happening as planned, and plan for the parts that hopefully will with time and effort.
As much as I love Boardwalk Empire and Eastbound & Down, Iím already ready for next yearís HBO programming, which will include new seasons of Game of Thrones and Girls. Speaking of the latter, we can now officially look forward to winter premieres. On Wednesday, HBO announced the premiere date for Girlsí Season 3, as well as new dramas True Detective and Looking.
Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live to host the series' season premiere last night, and if you tuned in, you know she delivered the goods. Among the best sketches of the night was a parody of HBO's Girls, which had Fey playing a visiting "girl" from Albania named Blerta. While Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa are complaining about all of their major life crises, Blerta's just happy to have a roof over her head.
Abbott left Girls last spring, reportedly due to differences the actor was having with the showís creator Lena Dunham. Thus, he wonít be in any forthcoming episodes, but he has spoken out to explain his decision to leave the subscription cable network show.
With True Blood wrapped up, does that mean that it's time for Girls to return? Um, not quite. We have to wait until 2014 for Lena Dunham's HBO comedy series to make its way back to us with new episodes. But HBO did share a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the series' upcoming season.
Emmy nomination ballots went out this week, which means in the coming weeks, those voting members of the Television Academy will decide which series should be in contention for an Emmy Award this fall. TV shows tend to promote themselves with the "for your consideration" ads and mailers to encourage voters to give their show a look. Last year, Family Guy made a splash with a controversial mailer that said...
Michael Zegen has been associated with numerous popular TV shows in recent years, including FXís former program Rescue Me, AMCís The Walking Dead, and HBOís Boardwalk Empire. Now, heís signing on for a comedy-oriented gig on another HBO program, Girls.
HBO sent out an early announcement on Friday to explain that the network will be putting together home entertainment releases for three of its programs. One release should be epic, another should be fun for fans, and the third will probably be bittersweet. HBO will release Girls: The Complete Second Season, Enlightened: The Complete Second Season, and Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season in August. Iíll leave you to figure out which sets gets which adjective.
While things left off in an "on" place for on-again off-again couple Charlie and Marnie on Girls at the end of the series' second season, we may want to prepare ourselves for that relationship to be over come Season 3. Christopher Abbott has reportedly exited the series, or more specifically, "abruptly left the show" due to issues he was having with series creator Lena Dunham.
The one good thing that comes with the end of another season of Girls is not having to deal with the needless commentary that accompanies every episode. Of course, that doesn't include actual analysis of the series or instalments but the endless barrage of think-pieces that discuss the same issues written about when the HBO comedy first aired. It's so unlikable! So provocative! Although, last week's "On All Fours" was traumatizing. And a nice set-up for the (bitter)sweetness of the season finale.
Now that "On All Fours" has uncomfortably crawled away, there's only one episode remaining in the up-and-down second year of Girls. The series started to struggle right around mid-season, perhaps the bar was set too high with the first four fantastic installments, however, Lena Dunham's series seemed to rise out of the slump with the aptly titled "It's Back" and "On All Fours" not only continued the comeback, but also nicely set up the HBO dramedy for next week's season finale.
"It's Back" is a promising title for Girls with the series experiencing quite the decline in quality over the second half of the second season. The sophomore year started out very well, with the opening four episodes equal to or better than any from the first, but ever since the divisive "One Man's Trash," things have been increasingly shaky. Can the eighth installment of the second season live up to its name and put Girls back on track?
For the colder states, March can feel like an eternity, as winter drags on and we look forward to spring. Winter is here, but it's also coming, in the more figurative, fantastical sense. Game of Thrones returns for its third season in March. But the HBO fantasy-drama is just one of the ten TV highlights worth looking forward to as March gets underway. There's also Celebrity Apprentice, basketball, The Voice and a couple of anticipated season finales, among some other reasons to set your DVR.
At the beginning of the month, HBO made every effort to avoid putting its Sunday night lineup against the demographically dissimilar Superbowl, but, for some reason the same course of action was not taken for The 85th Annual Academy Awards. Surely, Lena Dunham's show shares more of its audience with the Oscars than it does with the biggest event in sports, however, that didn't stop the network from airing "Video Games" like any other weekend.