HBO sets date for Show Me a Hero

HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero has been given an August debut.

HBO

HBO

The six-part series explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, New York.

In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor (Oscar Isaac) of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyses the local government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

The cast also includes Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, and Jim Belushi.

From creator David Simon and director Paul Haggis, it is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin.

It is written by Simon and William F Zorzi, and executive produced by Simon, Nina K Noble, Haggis, Gail Mutrux and Zorzi.

Show Me A Hero will air from August 16.

HBO sets date with Bessie

Queen Latifah will star as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith when HBO debuts its original TV movie Bessie next month.

Bessie

Bessie

The film, from director Dee Rees, focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling singer into one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s.

The cast also includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tory Kittles, Tika Sumpter, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S Dutton, and Mo’Nique.

Bessie is produced by A Flavor Unit Entertainment and A Zanuck Company.

It is written by Rees, Christopher Cleveland, and Bettina Gilois. The executive producers are Richard D Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.

The film will premiere on May 16.

Snoop Dogg pitches HBO drama

Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg has partnered with HBO for a new drama set in the 1980s.

HBO

HBO

The as-yet untitled series tells the story of a Los Angeles family whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics.

Stampede Management’s Ted Chung will executive produce with Snoop Dogg, director Allen Hughes, and Rodney Barnes, who will write the series.

HBO calls Nightingale

British actor David Oyelowo will star in a new TV movie for HBO.

HBO

HBO

Nightingale probes the darkest corners of a disturbed mind, as a war veteran (Oyelowo) begins to unravel thread by thread.

Written by Frederick Mensch, it is an HBO Films production in association with Plan B Entertainment, produced by BN Films with Sea Smoke Entertainment and Yoruba Saxon Productions.

It is executive produced by Josh Weinstock, Katrina Wolfe, Elliott Lester, and Oyelowo, with Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Klein. Lucas Akoskin, Jonathan Gray, and Alex Garcia are co-executive producers.

Nightingale airs on May 29.

Game of Thrones preps global launch

It seems no viewers will be left behind when Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

US premium cable channel HBO has revealed that the hit fantasy drama will debut simultaneously in more than 170 countries around the world on Sunday, April 12.

The entire fifth season will air at the same time on HBO-branded networks and partners worldwide through its ten-week run.

They include HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, HBO Netherlands, and HBO Nordic.

Also included are M-Net in Africa, Australia’s Foxtel, Telenet in Belgium, Orange in France, Iceland’s 365 Media, DBS in Israel, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, and Sky New Zealand, Betv in Belgium, Intervision in Greece, Amedia in Russia, and DTS in Spain.

Game of Thrones is based on George RR Martin’s fantasy series A Song Of Ice and Fire, where political and sexual intrigue abound as seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

HBO ready Now

Current and classic dramas from HBO will be available online when the US premium cable channel launches its only standalone streaming service.

HBO Now

HBO Now

HBO Now will offer subscribers every episode of every season of its series, original HBO Films, and other programmes.

This will include current dramas including Game of Thrones, True Detective, and The Leftovers, as well as classics like The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, and Deadwood.

Future series such as Westworld, the new season of True Detective, and HBO Films’ Bessie, will also become available when they air on HBO.

The service will be rolled out in April ahead of the fifth season premiere of Game of Thrones.

It will initially be available on Apple devices and PCs.

HBO sets date for Rowling’s Casual Vacancy

HBO will air the adaptation of JK Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy across back-to-back evenings.

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

The three-part miniseries will debut with episode one and two airing back to back on April 29, with the concluding episode airing the following night on April 30.

It is due to debut on BBC One this month.

The Casual Vacancy is set in an idyllic English village that is the backdrop for a town at war.

The cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, and Abigail Lawrie.

It is produced by Bronte Film and Television, and executive produced by Neil Blair, Paul Trijbits and Rick Senat.

The story was written by Sarah Phelps, and it is produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts.