THE LEFTOVERS Third and Final Season to Debut in April 2017

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HBO has announced that THE LEFTOVERS will return for its third and final season of eight episodes in April 2017. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the drama series focuses on the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events, following the lives that were forever changed when 140 million people inexplicably vanished from the face of the earth.

The cast of season three includes Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Kevin Carroll, Christopher Eccleston, Scott Glenn, Lindsay Duncan, Regina King, Jovan Adepo, Janel Moloney, Margaret Qualley, Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka. Filmed on location in Texas and Australia, season three is executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy, Gene Kelly, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey.

THE YOUNG POPE Teasers: Not Your Average Pontiff

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Jude Law is set to star in THE YOUNG POPE, a new limited series debuting on HBO in January. Law is Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. The College of Cardinals executive a simple but effective media strategy to get him elected, but the new Pope proves himself to be mysterious and contradictory.

The first part of the ten-episode limited drama series debuts Sunday, January 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), and the second part the next night, Monday, January (9:00-10:00 p.m.), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays and Mondays at the same time, exclusively on HBO.

The cast also includes Silvio Orlando as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, the Vatican’s Secretary of State; Scott Shepherd as Cardinal Andrew Dussolier, Lenny’s best friend and a fellow orphan-turned-cardinal; Cécile de France as Sofia Dubois, the Vatican’s director of marketing and communications; Javier Cámara as Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez, the Spanish-born master of ceremonies of the Vatican; Ludivine Sagnier as Ester Aubry, a chaste beauty with an unshakable faith in God, who is married to a Vatican Swiss Guard; Toni Bertorelli as Cardinal Caltanissetta, who is an expression of the strongest powers and secrets of the Vatican; and James Cromwell as Cardinal Michael Spencer, Lenny’s mentor and one of the most influential cardinals in the Vatican.

Read on below for spoilers from HBO:

Episode #1: “First Episode” (Sunday, January 15)
Newly elected Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law), a.k.a. Lenny Belardo, defies expectations as he settles in at the Vatican to begin his reign. The youngest and first American pope in history, Lenny’s ascension was orchestrated by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando), who mistakenly believed the young pope would follow his lead on policy and protocol. Instead, Lenny shuns Voiello and tasks his confessor, Don Tommaso (Marcello Romolo), to share details on the private thoughts and motives of those in his inner circle. Meanwhile, as Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell), Lenny’s onetime mentor, stews about being passed over as pontiff, the new pope flies in Sister Mary (Diane Keaton), who raised him since he was delivered to an orphanage at seven, to serve as his chief advisor. While Sister Mary urges Lenny to put aside dark memories and focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows no inclination towards making himself available, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses.

Episode #2: “Second Episode” (Monday, January 16)
Sofia (Cécile De France), the Vatican’s marketing director, receives a surprise directive as Lenny (Jude Law) prepares for his first public appearance. While the cardinals await an audience with their new pope, Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) catches up with Lenny’s childhood friend Andrew Dussolier (Scott Shepherd), another orphan-turned-cardinal. Lenny reaches out to Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell) to take over a high Vatican post, but the meeting doesn’t go as he hoped. Ester (Ludivine Sagnier), wife of a Swiss Guardsman, eagerly joins the throng of followers in St. Peter’s Square on the night of Lenny’s first public homily as Pope Pius XIII.

Episode #3: “Third Episode” (Sunday, January 22)
Baffled by the pope’s intentions and desperate to retain control in the Vatican, Voiello (Silvio Orlando) considers his options in the face of public reaction to Lenny’s (Jude Law) speech. In a press conference, Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) outlines the pope’s policy towards questions and concerns from the media. Elder Cardinal Caltanissetta (Toni Bertorelli) enjoins Spencer (James Cromwell) to put his resentment aside and accept Lenny’s offer. Moved by Lenny’s message, Ester (Ludivine Sagnier) is summoned by Valente (Ignazio Oliva), the pope’s aide, to meet her pontiff. Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) finds that his shared confidences with Lenny are jeopardized by a secret.

Episode #4: “Fourth Episode” (Monday, January 23)
Tonino (Franco Pinelli), a rural shepherd, appeals to the Vatican to recognize his miracle-working stigmata. Lenny (Jude Law) councils a nun whose sister is gravely ill in Sri Lanka. Ester (Ludivine Sagnier) is torn by a threat from Voiello (Silvio Orlando) and her devotion to the pope. Lenny makes a bold decision regarding a sex-abuse case in New York, deciding to send an unlikely envoy. A visit from the prime minister of Greenland (Carolina Carlsson) stirs Lenny’s musical sensibilities.

Episode #5: “Fifth Episode” (Sunday, January 29)
Voiello (Silvio Orlando) orchestrates a scandalous scenario designed to cripple the pope. Lenny (Jude Law) decamps with old friend Andrew Dussolier (Scott Shepherd), both in the present and the past. As his ornate papal tiara arrives, Pius XIII decides the time has come to address the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.

Episode #6: “Sixth Episode” (Monday, January 30)
Nine months after being elected, Lenny (Jude Law) has a testy first meeting with the Italian prime minister (Stefano Accorsi), a progressive at odds with Pius XIII’s uncompromising vision of the church. Newly minted Cardinal Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) reluctantly moves out of the Vatican for his new assignment abroad. After a brief reunion with the faithful in Honduras, Dussolier (Scott Shepherd) assumes his new duties as Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy, but is thrown by Lenny’s strict guidelines towards prospective priests. Voiello (Silvio Orlando) is questioned about the disappearance of Tonino (Franco Pinelli), who is looking to break from the church. Ester’s (Ludivine Sagnier) miracle comes true.

HBO Announces Premiere Date for BIG LITTLE LIES

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HBO has confirmed the February debut date for BIG LITTLE LIES, with the seven-episode limited drama series scheduled to debut Sunday, February 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book of the same name, “this subversive, darkly comedic drama tells the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.” Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling, BIG LITTLE LIES is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from scripts by David E. Kelley.

HBO Announces Premiere Dates for GIRLS, LAST WEEK TONIGHT and CRASHING

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HBO has confirmed the February premiere dates for new seasons of GIRLS and LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, and the new comedy series CRASHING.

GIRLS returns for its sixth and final season on Sunday, February 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the Emmy®-winning comedy series is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their 20s.

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER returns for its fourth season Sunday, February (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT). Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Emmy®-winning show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night.

The comedy series CRASHING debuts Sunday, February 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The show was created by and stars Pete Holmes as a standup comic who discovers that his wife is unfaithful, leading him to reevaluate his life amidst the New York City comedy scene. Artie Lange, Lauren Lapkus and T.J. Miller also star. .

HBO Renews WESTWORLD, DIVORCE and INSECURE

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HBO has announced season renewals for three of its shows: WESTWORLD, DIVORCE and INSECURE.

“I am thrilled to announce the pickup of our three fall series, all of which have distinctive, original voices,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. “Critics and viewers alike have welcomed WESTWORLD and INSECURE, as well as the return of Sarah Jessica Parker to the network after 12 years with DIVORCE.”

Season-to-date, WESTWORLD is averaging a gross audience of 11.7 million viewers, outperforming GAME OF THRONES and TRUE DETECTIVE during similar times in their first seasons. DIVORCE and INSECURE are averaging 4.4 million and 3.2 million viewers, respectively, on par with other HBO half-hours like VEEP and Girls.”

THE YOUNG POPE to Debut on HBO in January

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HBO has confirmed the debut date for the ten-episode limited drama series THE YOUNG POPE, with the first part scheduled to debut Sunday, January 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and the second part the next night, Monday, January 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays and Mondays at the same time.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, THE YOUNG POPE “tells the story of Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceptive – above all, in the place where people have chosen the great mystery of God as the compass guiding their existence. That place is the Vatican and those people are the leaders of the Church. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. Shrewd and naïve, ironic and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself.”

Jude Law stars in the title role; Diane Keaton stars as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City. The cast also includes Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell.

(Note: disregard the date in the video below, that’s for the UK audience)

HBO is Hosting a GAME OF THRONES Scavenger Hunt at Comic-Con

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HBO is bringing a GAME OF THRONES-themed scavenger hunt to San Diego Comic-Con next week and some lucky winners will have a chance to win a $200 prize pack if they hunt down all the clues!

Starting Wednesday, July 20, at 6pm PT when the convention floor opens for Preview Night, until Saturday, July 23, at 5pm PT, participating fans must complete all of the following challenges by posting photos of themselves with the specified products to their public Twitter profiles using the hashtag #GoTScavengerHunt.

Fans who have completed all challenges should go to USAopoly’s CLUE®: Game of ThronesTM Experience Booth #1017 on Saturday between 9:30am and 5pm and enter their name, contact info and Twitter handle into a raffle for a chance to win a prize pack valued at approximately $200. A total of 15 winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted Saturday evening with information about claiming their prizes.

Challenges:

Post a photo of yourself in front of the MEY for Game of Thrones jewelry display case inside the Hall of Faces Experience, located across from the Omni Hotel on L Street in the Gaslamp District. (Please note that the entry line forms early each morning.)

Post a photo of yourself wearing (or with someone wearing) The Night King mask ($669.95) at CFX Booth #2944. Their silicone White Walker masks have been a hit at Comic Cons past, and now CFX is back with a new mask modeled after the king of the White Walkers. Pale blue striated flesh stretches upwards into a regal and organic ice crown to capture the look of this malevolent and powerful being.

Post a photo of yourself with The Night King Bust (Metallic Silver) at Dark Horse Booth #2615.

Post a photo of yourself wearing The Royal Crown of King Robert Baratheon at Factory Entertainment Booth #2647. Copied directly from the original screen-used prop, this 1:1 scale replica is finely crafted in solid metal to give it a heavy and suitably regal feel.

Post a photo of yourself with a Game of Thrones Sigil Stationery Set at Insight Editions Booth #1703. These deluxe stationery sets ($34.95 each), themed to House Stark, House Lannister and House Targaryen, provide all the items fans will need to communicate with friends, bannermen, and faraway Maesters.

Post a photo of yourself with the CLUE®: Game of Thrones™ Convention Exclusive: Expansion Pack at USAopoly’s CLUE®: Game of ThronesTM Experience Booth #1017.

Prize Pack Includes:

CLUE®: Game of Thrones™ + CLUE®: Game of Thrones™ Convention Exclusive: Expansion Pack
McFarlane Iron Throne Room Construction Set
Factory Entertainment Game of Thrones plush figures
Dark Horse Varys Figure
Insight Editions Sigil Stationery Set
Game of Thrones SDCC Exclusive The Night King T-shirt

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THE NIGHT OF Preview: A Hard Look at the Judicial System

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THE NIGHT OF is a crime story. The new HBO eight part limited series delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial.

John Turturro stars as an embattled defence attorney, while Riz Ahmed is his young Pakistani-American client who is accused of brutally murdered a young woman on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Creator Steven Zaillian says “It’s a crime story, a police story, a legal story, a corrections story. You make a story about all that, tell it honestly, and it will naturally be a social story. But none of that is going to be interesting if you don’t tell it with characters who are interesting. Every character in this has their own life and story and concerns and reasons for why they do what they do. No one is written to get you to empathize with them, or to represent something, or to be a hero or a villain. They are simply meant to be real. In my experience, no one ever really says what they mean, so my characters don’t either. What they do is react to and interact with the situations facing them in a natural, unsentimental way, and in doing that, reveal themselves, and hopefully some kind of understanding comes of it.”

THE NIGHT OF premieres on Sunday, July 10 at 9/8c on HBO and HBO Canada.

GAME OF THRONES: HBO Confirms Jon Snow’s Parentage

GAME OF THRONES fans either felt blown away or vindicated in the recent season finale when the show seemed to tell viewers that Jon Snow wasn’t actually Ned Stark’s bastard son. Instead, Bran’s vision of the past revealed that Ned’s sister, Lyanna, was actually Jon’s mother. His father? Well, that was technically up to debate, although she did seem to whisper to Ned that he needed to hide the baby or Robert (Baratheon, we presume) would kill the boy. Then the baby’s face slowly morphed into Jon’s adult face in the present.

The popular theory was that Jon’s father was actually Rhaegar Targaryen, long-dead brother of Daenerys (and Viserys, who died in season 1). Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna, who had been promised to Robert Baratheon, and spirited her away. Young Ned found his sister in the Tower of Joy in Dorne and fought his way to her, arriving just in time to speak to her before she died following childbirth. Fans also suspect that Rhaegar didn’t kidnap Lyanna and rape her, but that the pair were actually in love.

Jon, of course, doesn’t know anything about his true parentage yet. But given the fact that he’s Dany’s nephew, it’s possible he has more of a claim to the Iron Throne now. Will the battle for the Iron Throne actually come down to two Targaryens?

GAME OF THRONES will return for its seventh season in 2017.

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GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, VICE PRINCIPALS and OUTCAST Coming to Comic-Con

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HBO is bringing four of its shows to San Diego Comic-Con in July: GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, VICE PRINCIPALS and OUTCAST.

Below is information on the four panels.

Thursday, July 21

The SILICON VALLEY panel at the Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom at 4:00 p.m. will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson. Panelists include: co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh), Zach Woods (Jared), Martin Starr (Gilfoyle) and Amanda Crew (Monica). Autograph signing is Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22

The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:15 p.m. will be moderated by Rob McElhenney. Panelists include: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Michael Sapochnik and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hemptstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 23

The panel for the new series VICE PRINCIPALS will be in the Horton Grand Theater at2:30 p.m. and will be moderated by the Nerdist Podcast’s Matt Mira. Panelists include: creators and executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and cast member Walton Goggins (Lee Russell), who co-stars with McBride (Neal Gamby.) Autograph signing is at 6:00 p.m.

The panel for OUTCAST, the Robert Kirkman series based on the Skybound/Image comic produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS), will be in Room 6BCF at 5:15 p.m. and will be moderated by Scott Aukerman. Panelists include: creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, showrunner and executive producer Chris Black and cast members Patrick Fugit (Kyle Barnes), Philip Glenister (Reverend Anderson), Wrenn Schmidt (Megan Holter), Reg E. Cathey (Chief Giles) and Brent Spiner (Sidney). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.