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'True Detective' season 2 scoop: Trio of leads, California setting

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Nic Pizzolatto is confirming some of the rumors about True Detective season 2 that have been quietly circulating in recent weeks. In an podcast with To the Best of Our Knowledge, the True Detective creator gave some scoop on the show, revealing that its second season — which still has not been officially announced — is probably going to have three leads. They’ll be all-new characters, “but I’m deeply in love with each of them,” he says. (We’re hearing, unconfirmed, the characters are two men and a woman.)

Pizzolatto also says the season will be set in California: “Not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser-known venues of California. And we’re going to try to capture a certain psycho-sphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one.” (We’re hearing, unconfirmed, that it’s mainly set in the present day, and that Northern California plays a key role.) READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader signs on for HBO comedy

Yes yes yes yes yes.

Great news for anyone still rewinding Stefon’s wedding: EW can confirm that former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader has inked a development deal with HBO. He’ll be creating and starring in a new comedy for the pay cable net. Deadline first reported the news.

Additional details on the project are scarce for now, but even those who can’t tell Vinny Vedecci from Vince Blight should consider word of it exciting: Hader has an impressive comedy resume, including eight years on SNL, an Emmy for his worth on South Park (Hader served as a consultant writer on the long-running animated series from 2008-2009), guest appearances on comedies including The Mindy Project and Bob’s Burgers, and roles in a variety of upcoming films, including the Amy Schumer-penned, Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck. Also, he’s got a knack for Star Wars impressions:

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'The Leftovers' teaser: Stages of grief

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and perhaps an extra dose of anger are at the center of HBO’s new teaser for The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof’s next project.

Based on Tom Perrotta’s eponymous 2011 bestseller, The Leftovers stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, and more as a group of New York residents who are left to pick up their lives three years after 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly disappears. (Hence the five stages of grief.)

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HBO's 'Vice' renewed for two more seasons

Vice is getting two more seasons. HBO announced Wednesday that the documentary series, born out of the media company of the same name known for its immersive journalism, will return in 2015 with a 14-episode third season and a fourth in 2016.

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'The Comeback' officially coming back to HBO this fall

Well, she finally got it.

After months of rumors and speculation, HBO officially announced Monday that The Comeback will be returning to the network for a six-episode limited series this fall. The 2005 series followed Lisa Kudrow as D-list TV star Valerie Cherish trying desperately to make a career comeback while filming a reality show. Production will begin later this month in Los Angeles with Michael Patrick King (Sex in the City), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), and Kudrow all reprising their roles as executive producers. READ FULL STORY

Ray Romano cast in HBO's rock 'n' roll drama pilot

Ray Romano is the latest star to join the cast of HBO’s upcoming rock ‘n’ roll pilot, executive produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese and written by Terence Winter.

The pilot follows a record executive struggling to revive his label in the midst of the onset of punk and disco in 1970s New York. So far, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Max Casella, Jack Quaid, and now, Romano are set to star.

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Queen Latifah to produce and star in Bessie Smith HBO biopic

Queen Latifah will star in and executive produce an untitled biopic of iconic blues singer Bessie Smith for HBO.

Dee Rees (Pariah) will write and direct the story of Smith’s personal life and rise to fame and success in the 1920s and 1930s, based in part on Chris Albertson’s biography Bessie. HBO Films is producing the film in association with Flavor Unit Entertainment and The Zanuck Company. The role seems like a perfect fit for the talk-show host, who launched a successful acting career in 2002 with an Oscar-nominated performance in Chicago after a Grammy-winning music career.

'The Normal Heart': Larry Kramer, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and more share tales from the HBO set -- EXCLUSIVE

“Writers are given one great story to tell their story. I’m telling my story as a political document.”

Larry Kramer, the pioneering LGBT activist and playwright, gets another chance to tell his powerful tale about facing the HIV-AIDS crisis in the early ’80s via HBO’s The Normal Heart,. Based on Kramer’s Tony-winning play of the same name, Ryan Murphy’s buzzy adaptation has attracted the likes of Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons (who also appeared in the play’s 2011 Broadway revival), Matt Bomer and Taylor Kitsch to its starry cast. The result is one of this year’s most anticipated projects.

Below, enjoy this early invitation behind the scenes of the film’s set, and hear from Kramer, Roberts, Ruffalo and more as they shed light on what goes into an influential production like The Normal Heart. READ FULL STORY

First episode of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' is online -- VIDEO

No HBO? No problem — for now.

The first episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is now available via YouTube. Like many of its other shows, HBO has put the first episode online for free in hopes of gaining more subscribers.

The video isn’t embeddable, so check out the full thing on HBO’s YouTube channel, and then read Darren Franich’s review of the premiere.

Or start by watching a clip below: READ FULL STORY

'The Leftovers' full trailer: The amazing disappearing people -- VIDEO

Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s next project, The Leftovers, is an adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s eponymous 2011 bestseller. And based on the show’s trailer, it has just about everything HBO could ask for: Nudity, mystery, violence, tears, and as a bonus, disappearing people.

After 2 percent of the world’s population mysteriously disappears, the residents of New York are left to pick up their lives. The show (starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, and more) follows those New Yorkers three years after the event. And from the looks of it, things didn’t exactly go back to normal.

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Broken heart takes spotlight in new 'Normal Heart' poster

Ryan Murphy’s upcoming HBO movie The Normal Heart has its first official poster, featuring a shattered glass heart.

Glee and American Horror Story showrunner Murphy adapted The Normal Heart from Larry Kramer’s play of the same name, which follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons.

The Normal Heart premieres on HBO May 25 at 9 p.m.

HBO's 'The Leftovers' will debut two weeks later than previously announced

The Rapture is coming…a little bit later than expected.

HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers will now premiere on Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m. ET, instead of June 15 as originally announced. The series follows a group of people who are left behind after what appears to be the global Rapture.

The cast includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren, and Chris Zylka. Damon Lindelof (Lost) is the series showrunner.

The first trailer will premiere this Sunday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET  before the new episode of Game of Thrones on HBO.

 

J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' adaptation will come to HBO

Muggles on both sides of the pond will be able to watch the upcoming Casual Vacancy miniseries.

HBO has come on board as a co-producer of BBC’s previously announced miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, EW has confirmed. The three-hour miniseries will be written by Sarah Phelps (EastEnders) and will be directed by Jonny Campbell (In the Flesh). READ FULL STORY

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