HBO Sets ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Premiere Date, Releases First Teaser

Guess who’s back?!

HBO has released the first teaser trailer for Curb Your Enthusiasm’s upcoming ninth season.

The ten-episode season will return on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The comedy series stars Larry David and is bringing back cast favorites Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman and JB Smoove, among many others. Larry David created and executive produces the series with Jeff Garlin and Jeff Schaffer. Check out the teaser below:

HBO Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Westworld,’ ‘Insecure,’ and Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Divorce’

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At the Television Critics Association summer session, HBO announced the premiere dates for the long-awaited Westworld, Insecure, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s new comedy series Divorce. 

The one-hour drama series Westworld kicks off its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 PM (ET/PT). Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice), Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Co-creator Nolan explains, “Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could be completely immersed in a fantasy, one in which you could do whatever you wanted, would you discover things about yourself that you didn’t want to know?”

Co-creator Joy adds, “We also wanted to explore what it means to be human from the outside in – through the eyes of the ‘hosts’: the lifelike AI characters that are the main attractions of the park. It’s a meditation on consciousness – the blessing and the burden of it – beautifully portrayed by our remarkable cast.”

The series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright along with Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Nolan and Joy are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing. Production companies, Kilter Films, Bad Robot Productions, and Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

Comedy series Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker, who also serves as executive producer, begins its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 PM (ET/PT).

After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances (Parker) has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband, played by Thomas Haden Church. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

Set in Westchester County, NY, Divorce is created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), with Paul Simms (HBO’s Girls) serving as a showrunner on the series. Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan executive produce.

The series also stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore.

Immediately following Divorce, comes another new comedy series titled Insecure, starring Issa Rae, and launches its eight-episode season Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 PM (ET/PT).

Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly on the show, which explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way.

Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly, a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life.

Meanwhile, Issa’s boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has fallen victim to complacency, works to get his own act together. Frieda (Lisa Joyce), Issa’s overeager white co-worker, whose enthusiasm is both annoying and endearing, is at the crux of Issa’s racial frustrations at work.

Shot in and around South Los Angeles, Insecure incorporates the music of both indie and established artists of color and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.

Insecure was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.

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‘Ballers’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

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BALLER ALERT!

The Dwayne Johnson-led comedy series Ballers has been renewed for a third season at HBO, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming.

While not a big must-watch like some of HBO’s other series, Ballers’ first season went on to average 9.1 million viewers in gross audience – HBO’s biggest half-hour in six years. Created by Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire), the hit comedy series kicked off its ten-episode second season July 17 with the premiere episode tallying up at 5.7 million viewers.

“Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the Ballers team have once again delivered a winner for our viewers,” said Bloys. “We look forward to another great season of Ballers next year.”

Johnson shared the news with his fans via Instagram.

BREAKING: Baller alert. After just two episodes into our SEASON 2 of #Ballers, @HBO has ordered SEASON 3! Congratulations to our hard working cast, crew, producers and our show's creator Stephen Levinson. Thank you to our home network HBO (Plepler, Bloys & brilliant team) for the commitment & long term vision of our show. To all our BALLER FANS out there – THANK YOU! Millions of you tune in every week to join us on this crazy journey of chasin' greatness and dealin' with life's pain… and the greatest compliment we always hear from you is that we're real and authentic. Means the world considering how close this character is to my bones. Now that you know there's gonna be a Season 3.. you'll be watchin' this season with a different eye. Enjoy and have fun with it and above all else… Ball so hard. #Ballers SUNDAY NIGHTS 10pm on @HBO @sevenbucksprod

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Looking at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players, Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players in sun-soaked Miami.

The cast on season two of Ballers includes Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, London Brown, Arielle Kebbel, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff and Andy Garcia.

Season two credits: Ballers was created by Stephen Levinson; executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs.

Ballers airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Confirms Summer 2017 Return, Shorter Episode Count

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Winter is coming…but in the summer.

HBO has confirmed that the award-winning series Game of Thrones will begin shooting the seventh season later this summer, with the seven-episode season debuting in summer 2017. Fans are usually used to an April premiere, so this is basically our nightmare coming true along with a shorter season. Gasp!

“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement where Game of Thrones received a whopping 23 Emmy nominations including best drama series along with first-time nominees Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams.

Season seven credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

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HBO Renews ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

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HBO has renewed Game of ThronesVeep and Silicon Valley for a seventh, sixth and fourth season respectively, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. The news comes just days before all three shows return on Sunday, April 24, solidifying one of the best Sunday night lineups on HBO.

The Emmy®-winning Game of Thrones begins its ten-episode sixth season Sunday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). Based on the bestselling fantasy books by George R.R. Martin, the fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Series regulars this season include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Jonathan Pryce.

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The Emmy®-winning comedy series Veep kicks off its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). The show stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer, for whom the most banal action can set off a ripple effect with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The ensemble cast also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.

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The Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show returns for its ten-episode third season Sunday, April 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). Series regulars include Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Trailer is Finally Here: ‘I Choose Violence’ (WATCH)

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Oh. Em. Gee.

HBO has finally released the first full trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. There is so much anticipation for the sixth season, mostly because of all the back and forth about Jon Snow, but mostly because this is the first time the show will extend beyond George R.R. Martin’s series of novels.

The network has provided teasers here and there, but this is the first actual footage we’ve seen from the new season. With regards to Jon Snow, well, “he’s gone,” is the first thing you hear in the new trailer. So, there’s that.

Meanwhile, we see Cersei after the hell she went through last season and her and Jamie want to fight back and take what’s rightfully theirs. “I choose violence,” is a pretty good indicator of what’s to come.

The trailer is set to James Vincent McMorrow’s version of “Wicked Game,” giving you a sense of the calm before the storm.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 24 at 9/8 on HBO.

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HBO Releases ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 3 Trailer

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The Pied Piper gang is back together to screw things up some more…if that’s even possible.

HBO just dropped the first teaser trailer for Silicon Valley season 3 and it doesn’t disappoint.

The series returns with Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) wanting to be the CEO of Pied Piper once again and Erlich Bachman throwing out zingers left and right. Plus, things get bloody…fast.

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Silicon Valley premieres on Sunday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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