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John Oliver leaving 'The Daily Show' for new HBO series

The bad news: Emmy-award winning comedian John Oliver is leaving The Daily Show, where he’s been serving as a correspondent since 2006.

The good news: He’ll be moving to HBO for a brand-new topical comedy series, slated to launch in 2014. The show will air weekly on Sunday nights.

Oliver caught the cable giant’s eye this summer, when he spent two months filling in for Daily Show host Jon Stewart. “We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver added. “I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault.”

HBO releases trailer for end of 'Treme' -- VIDEO

Barack Obama may have declared “Change has come,” but for the residents of New Orleans, there is still a long way to go.

The trailer for the final, five-episode fourth season of HBO’s Treme has just premiered, and the clip shows all your favorites continuing the slow climb to remake the city post-Katrina, as well as deal with their own personal lives. Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) struggles to hold the music class together, while Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) continues his own fight.

Check out the trailer for the David Simon-created show below:
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New 'True Detective' trailer: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey revisit the past -- VIDEO

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HBO has just released a gritty trailer for their upcoming serial narrative drama True Detective, which stars Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Matthew McConaughey (Mud) as two detectives brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked on in 1995 involving a serial killer in Louisiana.

The show floats back and forth between their questioning of the crime in the present day and the events that happened while they were investigating the homicide in 1995.

The dark trailer showcases both detectives struggling with the effects of having investigated such a twisted homicide case for the course of 17 years.

Watch the new trailer below:
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'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' trailer: Iron Mike takes the stage -- VIDEO

By the time he was 12 years old, Mike Tyson had been arrested over 38 times. By the time he was 20 years old — 20 years, four months, and 22 days, to be exact — Tyson had become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history, annihilating opponents with vicious knock-outs.

How did Tyson go from juvenile delinquent to champion boxer… not to mention convicted rapist, notorious ear-biter, quasi-professional pigeon racer, and unlikely Hangover co-star? We’ll learn the whole story in an upcoming Spike Lee joint appropriately called Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, a filmed version of the one-man show Tyson debuted in Vegas and brought to Broadway in August 2012. It’s a tale of rage, ambition, and even the occasional joke — as when Tyson says something about making a “deal with the devil,” and a photo of Don King flashes onscreen.

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The 'Girls' are back in town: HBO sets January premiere

Your next Girls fix is within reach, and it’s not on Saturday Night Live this time. HBO is debuting a new Sunday night lineup in January, including network favorite Girls and two new series.

True Detective, the hour-long drama starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Monaghan, is set to make its series debut Sunday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Girls will return for its third season immediately following True Detective, with two back-to-back episodes premiering at 10 p.m ET/PT.

Following Girls, HBO announced the premiere of another new series a week later, Looking, debuting Sunday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Looking follows three friends — Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett — who “explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.”

HBO greenlights 'Criminal Justice' miniseries, Robert De Niro in for James Gandolfini

After months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation about HBO’s seven-part miniseries Criminal Justice, HBO has decided to move forward with the project. EW has confirmed that the mini-series, which was given the greenlight back in May when James Gandolfini was set to star, is moving forward once again, now with Robert De Niro in the lead role.

Based on the 2008 BBC series by Peter Moffat, Criminal Justice is set in New York City, where an attorney (De Niro) is a bit too ambitious in taking on the case of a Pakistani being accused of murder. Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan will also star.

Gandolfini remains an executive producer on the project posthumously, with Steven Zaillian set to direct the first hour.

HBO gives series order to Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers'

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HBO has officially ordered Warner Bros’ The Leftovers to series, EW has confirmed. The order includes the show’s pilot and nine additional episodes.

Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, The Leftovers focuses on the people left behind after The Rapture occurs. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, and Brad Leland, among others, The Leftovers is executive produced by Tom Perrotta, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, and showrunner Damon Lindelof.

Lindelof and Perrotta penned the pilot script, which was then directed by Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg.

'Behind the Candelabra' leads Creative Arts Emmys winners

HBO dominated the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday night, grabbing 20 awards, including eight for the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, the most-awarded program of the night. Other notable winners include Bob Newhart; the TV vet took home his first-ever Emmy for his guest-starring role on The Big Bang Theory.

See the complete list of winners below; an edited version of the nearly four-hour Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday, Sept. 21, on FXX.
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Elton John to perform Liberace tribute at Emmys

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be graced by a knight in shining spectacles this year: Sir Elton John is scheduled to perform at the awards show for the first time.

The multiple Grammy winner will pay tribute to Liberace, the famously flamboyant pianist and entertainer who died of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses in 1987. HBO’s recent biopic about the late singer, Behind the Candelabra, is up for 15 Emmy Awards this year. The film stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, both of whom are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries (and are Emmy presenters to boot).

The Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey are bad men in HBO 'True Detective' trailer -- VIDEO

Something deep and dark is afoot in the first trailer for True Detective, HBO’s upcoming mystery series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The pair play detectives whose lives intersect on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana — a case that’s been open for 17 years.

In the trailer below, which premiered ahead of Sunday’s Boardwalk Empire season premiere, we see flashbacks to each of their past lives, loves, and early work on the investigation, which began in 1995. Towards the end, a more recent version of McConaughey’s character is revealed.

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New 'Eastbound & Down' trailer: Kenny Powers is a phoenix rising -- VIDEO

Last spring, Eastbound & Down seemed as dead as Kenny Powers’ major league career. Thankfully for fans, HBO eventually convinced the cult favorite’s team to return for one last  season — which may be why this new trailer opens with KP (series co-creator Danny McBride) entering a church and declaring, “I’m alive, brother.”

And Kenny’s not just alive: He’s living, man. The comedy’s final outing will apparently find the ex-pro jockeying to become “way more famous” and going after what he thinks he’s entitled to: namely, “fame, money, respect, [and] chicken change.” Expect plenty of scantily clad ladies, a guest turn from Ken Marino, and even Lindsay Lohan — though unfortunately, the comeback queen doesn’t appear in the trailer.

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HBO orders 'Westworld' adaptation from J.J. Abrams

Michael Crichton’s cult classic Westworld, which imagines a Wild West-themed vacation destination inhabited by robots, is coming to HBO.

The pay network gave a pilot production commitment to the project from J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), and producer Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra).

The logline for the adaptation of the 1973 film reads: “Set in the amazing world dreamt up by Michael Crichton, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

Nolan and Lisa Joy will write and executive produce the series; Nolan is set to direct the pilot.

This is not the first time Westworld has made its way to the small screen. A very short-lived 1980 series starring James Wainwright and Connie Selleca called Beyond Westworld continued the story from the film and its 1976 sequel Futureworld.

The original film starred Yul Brynner as the robot gone awry while James Brolin and Richard Benjamin starred as tourists who got more than they bargained for. Check out the original trailer below:

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'True Blood' season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions

Spoiler alert! If you still haven’t watched True Blood‘s season 6 finale, stop reading now. Exec producer Brian Buckner answered burning questions including whether we’ll see Eric again, if Tara’s mother is a Hep V carrier, and why you should have faith in season 7.
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