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HBO Orders Sharon Horgan Comedy 'Divorce' Starring Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has given a series order to a new comedy by Pulling creator Sharon Horgan called Divorce with Parker attached to star. The single-cam comedy centers on Parker as Frances, "a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought." Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, and Talia Balsam are set to costar and Horgan will executive produce, making it her very first US comedy series. Horgan most recently starred opposite Rob Delaney in the Channel 4 comedy [...]

'Veep' Isn't About the First Female President (Thank God)

Imagine an original comedy about The First Woman President. Between media pressure (“Is she powerful enough?”) and network notes (“Is she relatable enough?”) and focus group testing (“She should be hotter, but not like, too hot?”) it would likely endure as much tweaking, flattening and deadening as the Clinton campaign put into Hillary’s announcement video (Clinton 2016!). Every scene would be plagued by questions like, “Do we really want to imply that this is how The First Female President would behave in the War Room?” or “But can we really let The First Woman President refuse to pardon both turkeys just because she’s on her period?” Every plot point would [...]

Here's the First Trailer for HBO's 'The Brink' Starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins

HBO's new comedy The Brink premieres on Sunday, June 21st at 10:30pm, and the pay network released the first trailer today. Starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, the series follows a low-level military officer (Black) and the Secretary of State (Robbins) during a geopolitical crisis. Aasif Mandvi, Pablo Schreiber, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, and Geoff Pierson also star.

Edward Snowden Teaches John Oliver About Password Security on 'Last Week Tonight'

If you haven't watched John Oliver's in-depth dick pic-themed chat with Edward Snowden, do yourself a favor and go watch it immediately. If you've already seen it, Last Week Tonight uploaded a bonus clip today in which Oliver consults with Snowden about password security. On the spot, Snowden comes up with a password suggestion that's 110% secure, disturbing, and hilarious all at the same time.

Take 'Last Week Tonight's April Fools' Day No-Prank Pledge

Last Week Tonight was off last week, but John Oliver and crew uploaded a web exclusive last night to bring attention to a very important issue: April Fools' Day is the worst. Or as Oliver puts it, "April Fools' Day is to comedy as St. Patrick's Day is to Irish culture." If you agree, you can show your support by taking Last Week Tonight's No-Prank Pledge.

HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO is doubling down on its hit comedies. The pay network announced today that it's renewed Silicon Valley and Veep for their third and fifth seasons, respectively. Both shows kicked off their latest seasons on HBO last night. Veep creator Armando Iannucci will leave at the end of this season, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him next year. "Veep and Silicon Valley are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year," said HBO's Michael Lombardo on the news. "Along with Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, both of which [...]

"Politicians Aren't Geniuses, They're Human Beings": Matt Walsh and the Humanity of 'Veep'

That Veep is the funniest show on television is certainly debatable, but there’s no doubt no other show has better insults. Take Selina Meyer’s description of former White House liaison Jonah Ryan, for example.

“You let that unstable piece of human scaffolding into your house?”

Every episode is stocked with similarly exquisite putdowns. And except for Jonah, no one is at the receiving end of them more than Meyer’s Communications Director Mike McClintock, superbly played by Matt Walsh.

With Meyer assuming the role of president in Season 4, that means we’ll also be seeing more of McClintock in his heightened role as White House Press Secretary.

I recently had [...]

'Veep' Creator/Showrunner Armando Iannucci to Leave After Season 4

Veep is losing its creator and showrunner. THR reports that Armando Iannucci has decided to leave his post as showrunner on Veep after four seasons, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him. "We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the states," a rep from HBO said in a statement. "Armando is not replaceable but we are confident that Veep will continue to be produced at the highest levels with new show runner, David Mandel." Veep has not yet been officially renewed by HBO.

HBO Sets Premiere Dates for New Comedies 'The Brink' and 'Ballers'

HBO announced a round of premiere dates today, and two new comedies are set to make their TV debuts in June. According to Deadline, the series premiere of Ballers and The Brink will air after the True Detective premiere on Sunday, June 21st at 9:30pm and 10:00pm, respectively. Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson as a former all-pro running back and Rob Corddry as his "former boss-turned-socially inept financial advisor" and also stars Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon, Taylor Cole, and LeToya Luckett. The Brink comes from Weeds writer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim and stars Tim Robbins [...]

Inside the Secret Technology that Makes 'The Daily Show' and 'Last Week Tonight' Work

When you’re watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you often see these comedians contextualize their commentary with short, specific news clips, like John Oliver’s use of a 5-second clip from a Bloomberg TV news show — just long enough to catch a newscaster saying “March Madness now brings in over a billion dollars in TV ad revenue” — in his recent NCAA segment.

Have you ever wondered where these clips come from? Does one Last Week Tonight employee watch hours of TV in the hopes that someone will drop a reference to the annual March [...]

Here's the First Trailer for Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry's HBO Comedy 'Ballers'

Over a year ago, HBO ordered a new comedy called Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson as a former all-pro running back and Rob Corddry as his "former boss-turned-socially inept financial advisor," and the pay network recently released the first trailer. Ballers debuts after True Detective's season 2 premiere on HBO Sunday, June 21st at 10:00pm.

John Oliver and Michael Bolton Stick Up for the IRS Through the Power of Song

In anticipation of Tax Day this Wednesday, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the the one government agency everyone loves to hate: the IRS. It's been an uphill battle for IRS employees (or as John Oliver calls them, "the physical equivalent of Ambien") for the last several years between dramatic budget cuts and losing over 13,000 employees since 2010, and Oliver thinks it's time to give them a break: "We don't need to love the IRS or even like them, but after decades of us calling them Nazis and sending them mustard, I think they may deserve at least a few minutes of at least grudging [...]

Zach Woods Has a Lot of Beefs (Not Really)

Season 2 of the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated HBO series Silicon Valley premieres this Sunday night. As a primer, I talked to actor and improviser Zach Woods, who plays Donald “Jared” Dunn on the series. Woods, who started improv at UCB at the age of 16, has had standout roles as Gabe Lewis on The Office and more recently, as Zach Harper on the USA series Playing House. We talked about the dynamic of the Silicon Valley cast both on and off the set, the expert craftsmanship of Mike Judge and the intricacies of playing awkward characters.

John Oliver Travels to Russia to Talk Dick Pics with Edward Snowden

John Oliver took a closer look at the Patriot Act and government surveillance during last night's Last Week Tonight, but to better understand the capabilities of some US surveillance programs he endured the ten-hour flight to talk with the ultimate expert on the subject, Edward Snowden. To make the conversation easier to understand, Oliver asks Snowden about the NSA using the one privacy-related topic that all Americans care about: Dick pics.