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David Fincher Is Developing an HBO Comedy About Making Music Videos in the 80s

David Fincher, director of such hilarious comedies as Gone Girl, Se7en, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is now developing a new half-hour comedy for HBO. Tentatively titled Living on Video, here's the synopsis: Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in [...]

Here's a New Promo for HBO's 'Girls' Season 4

Lena Dunham's Girls premieres its fourth season on Sunday, January 11th, and HBO released a new promo yesterday featuring Hannah and friends as they continue to deal with their, in the words of guest star Gaby Hoffmann, "profoundly damaged" lives. If you need to catch up before the big premiere, check out our complete review of last season.

'Last Week Tonight' Calls for an End to Turkey Pardoning

HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is on hiatus until February, but that didn't stop Oliver and crew from uploading the above Thanksgiving-themed web exclusive all about America's strange tradition of presidential turkey pardoning: "Let's be honest here: Every single turkey is guilty. Specifically, guilty of having delicious bird parts that should be serving time in the prison of my mouth."

Here's the First Trailer for Season 4 of HBO's 'Girls'

The fourth season of Girls premieres on HBO Sunday, January 11th, and the network released the season trailer today that follows Hannah's new adventures at the University of Iowa. Now that HBO has a stand-alone streaming service planned for 2015, it'll be interesting to see whether they release the season premiere in full on YouTube like they have in the past.

Kyra Sedgwick to Star in an HBO Comedy About a Disillusioned Nun

While Amy Poehler is developing an NBC comedy about an agnostic woman who inherits a church, Entertainment Weekly reports that Kyra Sedgwick is going the opposite route. Sedgwick has partnered with The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer to create and star in a half-hour HBO comedy about a nun who leaves the church. The untitled single-cam show will center on Sedgwick as Kate, a disillusioned nun who walks away from her vocation: "No longer 'Sister Katherine,' she’s turned her back on her old life and now finds herself coming of age, trying to figure out who she is without her vows and what it [...]

HBO Orders a Comedy Pilot Starring Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman might be HBO's next big comedy star. THR reports that the pay network has ordered an untitled pilot starring Silverman described as "a comedic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis." Silverman will co-write the script and serve as a co-executive producer alongside Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble. Silverman previously developed a Lorne Michaels-produced pilot for HBO last year called People in New Jersey, which was ultimately not picked up by the network. Silverman hasn't starred in her own comedy series since The Sarah Silverman Program ended its run in 2010, so hopefully this pilot has better [...]

Duplass Brothers Comedy 'Togetherness' Premieres on HBO January 11th

A year after ordering a pilot written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass called Togetherness, HBO announced today that the new comedy series will debut its eight-episode season on the network Sunday, January 11th at 9:30pm. The show follows "four adults nearing 40, living under the same roof and struggling to keep their relationships and their dreams alive" and stars Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, and Steve Zissis, with guest appearances set from Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen.

Click through for HBO's official description of the first three episodes:

John Oliver on Confusing 'Last Week Tonight' with Journalism: "The Correct Term for What We Do Is 'Comedy'"

"We are making jokes about the news and sometimes we need to research things deeply to understand them, but it’s always in service of a joke. If you make jokes about animals, that does not make you a zoologist. We certainly hold ourselves to a high standard and fact-check everything, but the correct term for what we do is 'comedy.'"

- John Oliver rejects the idea that Last Week Tonight is "engaging in a new kind of journalism" in a new interview with The New York Times.

HBO Is Developing a Comedy About Three Brothers in Los Angeles

HBO is working on a sibling comedy. Titled Bros, the series comes from Hand of God writer Benjamin Cory Jones and The Wire/Newsroom director Anthony Hemingway and follows "three African-American brothers — two straight, one gay and all very different — looking for love and happiness in Los Angeles." Hemingway will direct and executive produce the series alongside Mark Taylor and Lena Waithe, who also produced Justin Simien's new satire Dear White People. Click through to watch the trailer for the original pilot presentation called Bros Before Hos.

John Oliver Proposes a New Way to Measure Sugar in Food on 'Last Week Tonight'

In honor of Halloween, last night on Last Week Tonight John Oliver devoted over 10 minutes to exploring the deceiving world of the sugar industry and the fact that every American eats "Michael Cera's weight in sugar every year." The FDA is currently trying to get an "Added Sugars" category added to food products' nutritional labels, but Oliver has a much better idea in mind that'll make it easier for consumers to understand.

Billy Eichner: "People Who Are Not Watching 'The Comeback' Should Be Ashamed of Themselves"

"People who are not watching The Comeback should be ashamed of themselves. If you're into TV and pop culture, if you like quality, well-written, well-acted TV shows, do yourself a favor and watch it. Lisa Kudrow is really giving one of the great performances on TV ever. That is the No. 1 thing. That, and my usual combo of porn and Meryl Streep movies."

- Billy Eichner shares his love for HBO's The Comeback, Taylor Swift, Nathan Fielder, Meryl Streep, and more in a new interview with Vulture.

HBO Is Developing a Show Based on Laura Kightlinger's Memoir 'Quick Shots of False Hope'

Laura Kightlinger might get an autobiographical comedy on HBO. Deadline reports that the network is currently developing single-cam comedy Quick Shots of False Hope based on Kightlinger's 1995 memoir of the same name. The series will be written and executive produced by Kightlinger and Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and will follow "a 1970s-era single mom and her ongoing quest to find a husband, while still sleeping with her daughter’s married father." Kightlinger is an SNL alum, starred in her own IFC series The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman from 2006-2007, and most recently worked as a consulting producer on CBS's 2 Broke Girls.

Jon Stewart, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, and More Get a Salmon to the Face on 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a clip from last night's season 1 Last Week Tonight finale, in which John Oliver and crew make their very own "salmon cannon" — only instead of shooting salmon upstream so they can spawn, Oliver shoots them at just about every television personality he knows, from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to Jimmy Fallon, Anderson Cooper, Homer Simpson, Tom Hanks, and more.

'Last Week Tonight' Made a Realistic Home Depot Commercial Starring Nick Offerman, H. Jon Benjamin, and Sarah Baker

Lowe's recently announced that they'll be testing out robot sales assistants in their stores this holiday season, so to help Home Depot deal with the competition, Last Week Tonight put together the above commercial starring who else but Nick Offerman as a helpful Home Depot employee, with Sarah Baker and H. Jon Benjamin playing the couple whose constant bickering in the store is alleviated thanks to Offerman's personal skills as a human employee.