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HBO Picks Up Vimeo’s Pot Comedy ‘High Maintenance’

What began as a surprise hit for Vimeo is now becoming a potential winner for HBO: the premium cable network has picked up High Maintenance for six new episodes.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Achieves a Kind of Heightened Truth

Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, called the production “the most unusual biopicture I’ve been involved in”.

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24 Apr 2015 // 9:04 AM

‘Montage of Heck’ Reveals Unseen Sides of Kurt Cobain

Cobain’s witty self-awareness is one of many new and heartrending sides of him brought to light in Brett Morgen’s new HBO documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

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Knots Untie and Tie Again in ‘Boardwalk Empire: Season Four’

If previous seasons gave us glimpses of the evil that men do, then this penultimate season of HBO's best current series gives us an extreme closeup.

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Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in ‘The Wire’

On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.

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In Defense of Netflix Being the Future of Television

The Little Red Envelope That Could has established itself as a go-to place for quality original programming. The next step? World domination.

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23 May 2013 // 10:14 PM

The Women Behind ‘The Throne’

Just what is it that is drawing these new female viewers to a show and genre that has historically been the realm of a largely male audience? It probably has something to do with fact that the women of Game of Thrones are some of the most powerful and dynamic female characters on television right now.

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Talking ‘Homeland’: Backlash to the Backlash…

The backlash-to-the-backlash articles have followed suit, reminding readers that this is indeed a television show, one that has always been more interested in maintaining suspense and surprising viewers than in subtlety or in portraying the business of fighting terrorism with any degree of realism.

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5 Mar 2012 // 9:00 PM

Gender and Corruption in ‘Boss’

The women of Boss are strong, smart and strategic, but can powerful women be happy too? How can they be mothers and leaders? Do they have to be cold and calculating?

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The ‘Down-Low’ Is Still Kept Down and Low in Black Communities

Despite gay rights progress on many fronts, the problems of black LGBT people are still largely invisible, as they are often shunned by the black communities from which they come.

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‘Bored to Death: The Complete Second Season’ Is Anything but Boring

Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis share incredible chemistry as they struggle with success, failure, and substance abuse.

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Drawn Together: Cornell’s “Demon Knights” and the Ideal of Camelot

In Demon Knights Paul Cornell not only dramatizes the idea of Camelot, but exquisitely reenacts it at one of the oldest comicbook publishers.

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 1

Several new series debuted in April 2011 to transform what had been a mediocre season into an exceptional one, including Game of Thrones. AMC, meanwhile, systematically abused three of its great series, calling into question whether the cable network is truly ready for the big time.

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18 Jul 2011 // 6:20 AM

HBO is Emmy nominations king

LOS ANGELES — Looking over the Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning, you’d almost think that the TV academy was honoring two separate industries. For drama

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23 Jun 2011 // 6:47 AM

Alexander Skarsgard gets some added bite from ‘True Blood’

LOS ANGELES — Playing an aloof, sexy Viking vampire sheriff on HBO’s “True Blood” requires many things of Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, not least among

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Reality, and Then Some, as Conveyed in ‘The Wire’ and ‘Oliver Twist’

The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.

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22 Apr 2011 // 9:45 AM

HBO looks at the making of the show that ruined TV

At the beginning of the annual congressional shootout over funding for public broadcasting, PBS inevitably launches a barrage of press releases about its storied cultural

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HBO film tells story of first family to find that reality bites

Back in 1973, the top shows on television included “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Kojak,” “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” “M*A*S*H” and “Hawaii Five-O” —

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20 Apr 2011 // 4:40 AM

HBO renews ‘Game of Thrones’ for second season

NEW YORK — Long live the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros: HBO has renewed “Game of Thrones” for a second season, following gross premiere-night ratings of 4.2 million

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HBO greenlights comedy series ‘Veep’ starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus

NEW YORK — The Oval Office will soon be occupied by a “Seinfeld” alumna — not that there’s anything wrong with that! HBO has picked up

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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