Tag: Home Box Office

‘Our Boys’ Explores the Anatomy of Hate Crimes

“Our Boys” is a deceptively innocuous title for a powerfully unsettling story. A coproduction of HBO and Keshet Studios, the 10-part series, debuting Aug. 12, dramatizes the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers by Hamas militants in Israel during the summer of 2014. Two days later, a Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abu […]

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Can ‘Succession’ Succeed Again?

A powerful family, teeming with dysfunction and spoiling for conflict. An aging patriarch who bred his children for maximum ruthlessness, pitting them in competition for a role he may or may not be ready to yield. Two adult sons, lacking in leadership and riddled with vice, and a grown daughter with more interest in the […]

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Can Netflix, the King of Stand-Up Specials, Be Dethroned?

Imagine Netflix died. What happens to stand-up comedy? This may seem like an outlandish hypothetical since Netflix is the most powerful player in comedy today. But in the current media landscape, when major new streaming services will be entering the market in the new year including Disney and AT&T (which owns HBO), uneasy lies the […]

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The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and More in August

Watching is The New York Times’s TV and film recommendation website. Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter here. When August heat advisories are in effect, stay inside and cool off with a new show. Below are the most interesting of what we’ve found among the TV series and movies coming to the major streaming services […]

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HBO’s ‘Succession’ Tries to Get the Merger-Mad Media Industry Right

Last summer Rupert Murdoch was preparing to hand over the bulk of his empire in a sale that would put an end to a cocktail-party pastime in London, New York and Los Angeles: Which of his legacy-obsessed children would be taking over the family business? The answer, when it came, was both unexpected and poetic: […]

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Where ‘Euphoria’ Is Surprisingly Conservative

There’s one scene from this season of “Euphoria” that sticks in my mind, and, somehow, it includes not even one close-up of a penis. It’s a conversation from the third and best episode, “Made You Look,” between Rue (Zendaya), the show’s emotionally and chemically unsteady narrator, and Jules (Hunter Schaefer), her closest companion and aspirational […]

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What Amanda Seales Can’t Travel Without

The stand-up comedian Amanda Seales keeps busy. She’s a series regular on “Insecure,” her HBO comedy special “I Be Knowin’” came out in January, and she is now the host of NBC’s new comedy competition show, “Bring the Funny,” which premiered in July. Success over the last couple of years has changed the way Ms. […]

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For Women Comics, Peak TV Has Its Troughs

One morning last fall in Los Angeles, the comic and actress Kate Micucci sat chewing over a pitch for a television series with her writing partner, Felicia Day. How conventional would the gender roles have to be, they wondered, before a studio would bite? Their basic premise was “manic pixie dream girl grows up”: Suppose […]

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Emmy Nominations 2019: What to Watch For

Here’s what you need to know: ImageFrom left, Kristofer Hivju, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones.”CreditHelen Sloan/HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ is likely to lead the nominations. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has won more Emmys — 47 — than any other prime-time series in TV history. A three-time best drama winner, the epic show based […]

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‘Friends’ to Leave Netflix for HBO Max, AT&T’s New Streaming Service

After AT&T spent over $80 billion to acquire Time Warner in part to take on Netflix, the phone giant’s new streaming service finally has a name: HBO Max. The company also announced it will debut next spring and will offer 10,000 hours of content, including exclusive access to the hit show “Friends.” What will be […]

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The Great Race to Rule Streaming TV

When Nick Weidenfeld heard what happened at HBO last summer, he was thrilled. “Everyone I knew was texting that article around, saying, ‘What the [expletive]!’ ” Weidenfeld, an independent TV producer, recently recalled. A lot of people who work in Hollywood were spooked by the news, but not him: “I thought it was amazing.” Weidenfeld was […]

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Enthralled by ‘Euphoria’? Hunter Schafer Knows Why (It’s Because of Her)

It’s hard to upstage Zendaya, the Disney Channel star who soared through “The Greatest Showman” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” into the Hollywood stratosphere. But in HBO’s “Euphoria,” Hunter Schafer has done just that, in what is remarkably her debut acting role. Schafer plays Jules, the new kid in town — a trans girl with a dreamy […]

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Watching ‘Euphoria,’ Two Young Recovering Addicts Saw Themselves

The two young women see themselves in Rue, the stumbling, manipulative teenage drug addict that Zendaya plays in “Euphoria,” the new HBO show. They see themselves in Rue when she coughs and flushes the toilet so her mom won’t hear her rummaging through the medicine cabinet for Xanax. They see themselves when Rue cops clean […]

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Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes Gave Us Fox. These Shows Try to Make Sense of It All.

Roger Ailes (Russell Crowe) begins narrating his own story, Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice,” as he lies dead on the floor. I mean, why wouldn’t he? Ailes, who died in 2017, brayed and bullied his way to the center of media and politics. He built a noise machine, Fox News, that amplified conservatism and then devoured […]

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Zendaya Jumps From Disney to Drug Binges in HBO’s Graphic ‘Euphoria’

It’s been only 16 months since Zendaya took her final bow on the Disney Channel, but her new HBO series, “Euphoria,” makes one thing clear: The parent-approved portion of her TV career is already ancient history. In the series, debuting Sunday, Zendaya stars as Rue, a high school junior committed to numbing herself with vodka […]

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‘Los Espookys,’ a Spanish-Language Comedy for an HBO Audience

How to summarize the breezy sensibility of “Los Espookys,” a new HBO comedy about a group of friends in an unnamed Latin American country who earn a living by staging fake horror events? In a scene from a coming episode, two members of the team (played by Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres) are shopping for […]

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Review: ‘Big Little Lies’ Adjusts to Big Little Truths

We are living in a golden age of TV series that build to big finishes and then just … stick around. “Barry” and “Killing Eve” continued what might have been stunning limited series with entertaining second seasons that nonetheless labored to spin out their premises. “The Handmaid’s Tale” moved beyond Margaret Atwood’s novel, first audaciously, […]

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An HBO Question Is Giving AT&T Executives a Headache

With its acquisition of Time Warner last year, AT&T was on its way toward creating a streaming service that will one day be the exclusive online home for “Game of Thrones” and the blockbuster film franchises centered on Wonder Woman, Batman and Harry Potter. The $80 billion deal gave the phone giant ownership of the […]

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