Silicon Valley returns to HBO for a second season in just a couple weeks, and the pay network released a new trailer over the weekend featuring Zach Woods, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, and more. The new season premieres on Sunday, April 12th at 10:00pm.
HBO is teaming up with Funny or Die and Major League Baseball for a new special starring Will Ferrell. The pay network announced today that the untitled special will begin filming in Arizona tomorrow during spring training, and Ferrell will honor Bert "Campy" Campaneris by playing every position on the field for ten different teams throughout the day. The special will be dedicated to the fight against cancer through charities like Cancer for College and Stand Up To Cancer and is set to air on HBO later this year. Check out Ferrell's full game schedule below:
Last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the crumbling infrastructure in the United States, from the thousands of uninspected dams across the country to bridges in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York that could realistically collapse at any minute: "When we're at a point where the Secretary of Transportation is struggling to decide between using the word 'unsafe' and the word 'dangerous,' we might have a problem worth fixing." Since no taxpayers or politicians seem interested in the very unglamorous job of routine road maintenance, Last Week Tonight enlisted the help of stars like Edward Norton, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Steve Buscemi to film an intense thriller called Infrastructure [...]
Mark Wahlberg and former Entourage writers/executive producers Ally Musika and Stephen Levinson are developing a new comedy for HBO. Deadline reports that the trio are working on a series called Hyena based on the autobiographical book by Sirius hip-hop radio host Jude Angelini. Like the book, the series follows Angelini's "journey from growing up in a factory town outside of Detroit and explores drugs, sex, and the human condition." Levinson and Wahlberg are also behind the upcoming comedy Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry, which HBO ordered to series last year.
Last Week Tonight finally returned for its second season on HBO last night, and John Oliver got right to work by covering the many shady ways pharmaceutical companies market to doctors, from free lunches and trips to Hooters to hiring doctors as paid spokespeople called "thought leaders." Or as Oliver puts it: "Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends: They're much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they're in there." Last Week Tonight even shares its very own pharmaceutical ad at the end featuring Brian Huskey as a well-paid "thought leader" in action.