HBO has dated a number of upcoming projects:

  The hit comedy podcast 2 DOPE QUEENS, featuring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, comes to HBO in February as a series of four themed hour-long specials. Directed by Tig Notaro (“One Mississippi”), the show debuts FRIDAY, FEB. 2 (11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by three more editions subsequent Fridays at the same time. Guests include Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”), Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Sarah Jessica Parker (HBO’s “Divorce” and “Sex and the City”) and Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”).

            Taped before a live audience at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, the show features these fun, fearless queens dishing on Cocoa Khaleesis, dating white baes, sex, New York living, which borough has the best pizza and so much more, as well as showcasing some of the ladies’ favorite stand-up comedians.

            The show will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, and HBO on Demand and affiliate portals.

esenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Emmy®-winning LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER kicks off its fifth season SUNDAY, FEB. 18 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

            The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

            The series has been renewed for two additional seasons, extending its run on the network through 2020.

       Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”; Oscar® nominee for “Nocturnal Anmals” and Revolutionary Road”) star in HBO Films’ FAHRENHEIT 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) and written by Bahrani & Amir Naderi (“Vegas: Based on a True Story”), the film is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and “firemen” burn books. The film debuts this spring, exclusively on HBO.

            Jordan portrays Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty, played by Shannon. Sofia Boutella (“The Mummy,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.

            The cast also includes Lilly Singh (“Bad Moms,” YouTube’s “Superwoman”) as Raven, a tabloid reporter who works with the fire department to spread the ministry’s propaganda by broadcasting its book-burning raids to fans.

The Roy family – Logan Roy and his four children – controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The new HBO drama series SUCCESSION tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company.

Created by Oscar® and WGA nominee Jesse Armstrong (“In the Loop”), with the pilot written by Armstrong and directed by Oscar® winner Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), SUCCESSION kicks off its ten-episode season this June, exclusively on HBO. Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich (HBO’s “Veep”), Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter (HBO’s “The Night Of”) and Mark Mylod (HBO’s “Entourage”) executive produce; Armstrong serves as showrunner.

            “All through history, moments of succession are points of conflict,” notes creator Jesse Armstrong. “Whether it’s the Roman Empire, Babylonian Empire, succession is tough, and often in political and national history, when a king, queen or leader has to leave the stage, they can find they want to linger in the limelight longer than anyone thought.”

            Set in New York, SUCCESSION explores themes of power, politics, money, and family. Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the tough, powerful, aging patriarch, is head of Waystar Royco, a family-controlled international media conglomerate. He is married to his third wife, Marcia (Hiam Abbass), a loving, formidable partner.

            Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), Logan’s eldest son from his second marriage, is currently a division president at the firm and the heir apparent. Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Kendall’s younger brother, is Logan’s outspoken, fun-loving son and no longer works at Waystar. Siobhan “Shiv” Roy (Sarah Snook), Logan’s only daughter and youngest child, has been pursuing a career in politics. Connor Roy (Alan Ruck), Logan’s eldest son, and only child from his first marriage, has pursued an independent life in New Mexico. In the season premiere, the Roy siblings are reunited with their younger cousin, Greg (Nicholas Braun), who has moved from Canada to New York seeking a foothold in the management of the firm’s theme parks.

            On the periphery of the Roy family are Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Shiv’s ambitious boyfriend and a senior executive at the firm, and Rava Roy (Natalie Gold), Kendall’s wife, with whom he shares two children and an emotional bond, despite their marital separation. Frank (Peter Friedman) is the firm’s COO, an old family friend, and a mentor to Kendall. In an effort to solidify his takeover of Waystar, Kendall is on the brink of buying out a digital media outfit from Lawrence (Rob Yang), its CEO and founder.

            “There’s no question that SUCCESSION, at its root, is a family story,” notes director and executive producer Adam McKay. “There’s also a tragic side to it, where you see how massive wealth and power distorts and twists and wounds this family.”

            Executive producer Frank Rich adds, “I think it is the specificity of the way the SUCCESSION characters are drawn, with wry humor and heart, and the caliber of this ensemble cast, that make the Roys stand out in the crowded field of family drama.”

SUCCESSION was created by Jesse Armstrong; executive produced by Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter and Mark Mylod. Jesse Armstrong serves as showrunner.

Girl next door, sex kitten, activist, fitness tycoon: Oscar®-winner Jane Fonda has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation, and she’s done it all in the public eye. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS, an intimate look at her singular journey, debuts later this year, exclusively on HBO.

The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

            Jane Fonda has been vilified as Hanoi Jane, lusted after as Barbarella and heralded as a beacon of the women’s movement. This film goes to the heart of who she really is, a blend of deep vulnerability, magnetism, naiveté and bravery, revealing a life transformed over time.

            The documentary draws on 21 hours of interviews with Fonda, who speaks candidly and frankly about her life and her missteps. She explores the pain of her mother’s suicide, her father’s emotional unavailability, 30 years of an eating disorder and three marriages to highly visible, yet diametrically opposed, men. JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS also includes interviews with family and friends, as well as rare home movies and verité footage of the 80-year-old Fonda’s busy life today at, as she puts it, “the beginning of my last act.”

            “When Jane Fonda turned 60, she began a journey of self-discovery, which was documented in her 2005 autobiography,” comments director Susan Lacy. “As a longtime admirer, I was fascinated by her unsparing honesty in documenting her aspirations, mistakes, pain and attempts to overcome her demons. I began this film to see where that journey has taken her in the meantime. I feel very privileged that Jane has trusted me with telling a story that is provocative, challenging, emotional and inspiring.”

             Where “girls” of her generation were raised to be passive and compliant, Fonda has always seemed like very much “her own woman.” But her memories reveal the extent to which she was defined and controlled by the desires, ambitions, and fortunes of the powerful men in her life, and how much her own secret insecurities, unresolved anxieties and impulsive actions often prevented her from being the person she aspired to be.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2018 – HBO has signed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow to an exclusive three-year television deal that will begin later this year, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming.

            Farrow will develop and front a series of investigative documentary specials for the network. His stories will continue to document the abuse of power by individuals and institutions, and will proceed in tandem with ongoing reporting for the New Yorker, which he is joining as a contributing writer. In addition, Farrow will produce and host other topical, newsworthy pieces for HBO’s various platforms, to be announced as they are confirmed.

            “Ronan Farrow’s extraordinary, revelatory reporting for the New Yorker has helped to propel a string of other investigations, breakthroughs and overdue conversations,” noted Bloys. “His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture, and we are excited to provide a platform for this dogged reporter to pursue projects that continue to speak truth to power.”

            Farrow added, “Over the course of my television and print investigations in recent years, it’s become clear to me that there’s a new generation of viewers seeking out serious, substantive reporting that takes on powerful interests and attacks systemic unfairness that too often is swept under the rug. There’s an extraordinary team at HBO committed to that kind of journalism, I know HBO is the right home for this work, and I can’t wait to get started.”

 

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