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John Oliver Auditions for the '50 Shades of Grey' Sequel

Ahead of the season 2 Last Week Tonight premiere on February 8th, here's a brand new web exclusive featuring John Oliver giving a "condescending half-hearted apology" for his recent #NotMyChristian Twitter campaign after it was announced that Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Despite the fact that the movie has already been filmed and Oliver has never read the book, he records an on-the-spot audition to prove that he's the "epitome of male beauty" and deserves the lead role in the inevitable sequel.

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Returns February 8th

The wait for more John Oliver is almost over, and HBO released a brand new Last Week Tonight promo today in which Oliver promises an all-new show that's exactly the same as it was before. Hopefully he at least reconsiders the crime-solving pony idea.

HBO Renews 'Girls' for a Fifth Season

Good news for fans of Lena Dunham's hit HBO show Girls — ahead of the season 4 premiere this Sunday, the network has officially renewed the show for a fifth season. The series also landed an early season renewal last year; check out our review of season 3 here.

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.

Mike Myers Signs a Two-Year Overall Deal with HBO

Mike Myers is calling HBO home for the next two years. The pay network announced today that Myers has teamed up with HBO for a two-year overall talent deal, which "includes TV exclusivity and runs for two years." No Myers HBO projects have been revealed yet. "Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era," HBO exec Michael Lombardo in a statement. "The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting."

Jack Black/Tim Robbins Comedy 'The Brink' Premieres on HBO This Summer

It's been almost a year since HBO ordered The Brink to series, but now the network has finally revealed when the Jack Black/Tim Robbins-starring show will debut its 10-episode season: sometime this summer. The show also stars Pablo Schreiber with series regulars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, and Geoff Pierson. Here's the full description of the series, which was co-created by Weeds writer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim and is produced by Jay Roach:

When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter [...]

Paul F. Tompkins Teases a 2015 'Mr. Show' Reunion

It's no longer a question of whether or not a Mr. Show reunion is happening, but how long will we have to wait for it? Mr. Show writer/cast member Paul F. Tompkins recently tweeted a photo of some of the Mr. Show gang hanging out at what is hopefully a writers' table with the somewhat mysterious caption "Eight men out… of the 1990s. Maybe something new coming from the Mr. Show gang in the new year? #MrShow." Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk confirmed with us in November that he hopes for a reunion of the HBO sketch show sometime this year:

Beyond more focus on telling longer [...]

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.

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Watch the Series Premiere of HBO's Duplass Brothers Comedy 'Togetherness' on YouTube

HBO's new Duplass brothers comedy Togetherness premiered last night, and the pay network has also made the first episode available in full on YouTube. 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. Watch the series premiere here.

HBO Orders a Standup Special from Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro is headed to HBO. The network announced yesterday that Notaro will star in her first HBO comedy special, which will tape before a live audience sometime later this year. "Tig Notaro is a ‘comedian’s comedian,’ whose uniquely fearless and always funny voice has won acclaim from critics and fans alike," said HBO exec Michael Lombardo on the news. "I’m so happy that we will be able to introduce this remarkable performer to a larger audience." The name and location of Notaro's standup special have not yet been revealed.

Being a "Difficult" Woman on TV and the Refreshing Brilliance of 'The Comeback'

When the history of '90s sitcoms is told through televised romans à clef, it is, of course, the writers who get the last word. Tension between writers and stars is nothing new to television — ask any writer of Mork & Mindy what working with Robin Williams was like — but these tensions became more pronounced in the '90s, for two reasons: The syndication money was obscene, and the standup explosion of the '80s led to a demand in star-driven vehicles based on standup routines. This led to inevitable questions of authorship. Carsey-Werner became famous for creating sitcoms around standup performers (Bill Cosby, Roseanne [...]

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.