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HBO TV Show Ratings (updated 9/17/19)

While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.

Scripted HBO shows listed: Animals, Ballers, Big Little Lies, Boardwalk Empire, The Brink, Camping, The Comeback, Crashing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Deuce, Divorce, Eastbound & Down, Euphoria, Game of Thrones, Gentleman Jack, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Here and Now, High Maintenance, Insecure, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, Mosaic, The Newsroom, The Night Of, The Righteous Gemstones, Room 104, Sally4Ever, Sharp Objects, Silicon Valley, Succession, Togetherness, Tracey Ullman's Show, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Vinyl, Vice Principals, Westworld, and The Young Pope.

Last update: Most recent ratings added for Ballers, The Deuce, The Righteous Gemstones and Succession.

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‘Bless This Mess’: Langston Kerman Joins As New Series Regular; Lennon Parham & David Koechner Promoted

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‘Bless This Mess’: Langston Kerman Joins As New Series Regular; Lennon Parham & David Koechner Promoted
Exclusive: Langston Kerman (South Side) is set as a new series regular opposite Dax Shepard, Lake Bell and Pam Grier on the upcoming second season of ABC comedy Bless This Mess. Additionally, Lennon Parham and David Koechner, who recurred on the first season, have been promoted to series regulars for season 2.

Created/executive produced by Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether, Bless This Mess stars Bell and Shepard as a newlywed couple whose plan to ditch big-city living for a simpler life in Nebraska doesn’t go as expected. The cast includes Ed Begley Jr., Jt Neal and Christina Offley.

Kerman will play Brandon, Constance’s (Grier) son who returns from the military where he was a bomb diffuser. Mike (Shepard) and Rio (Bell) assume he is going to be an intimidating high-octane man, only to discover that he’s a very kind-spirited, somewhat nerdy guy who happens
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‘SNL’ Adds Chloe Fineman, Bowen Yang and Shane Gillis to Season 45 Cast

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‘SNL’ Adds Chloe Fineman, Bowen Yang and Shane Gillis to Season 45 Cast
Saturday Night Live” has added three new faces to the cast of its 45th season: Chloe Fineman, Bowen Yang and Shane Gillis.

Bowen is the first “SNL” cast member who is of full Asian descent.

The new season will premiere Sept. 28 with Woody Harrelson hosting and chart-topping pop star Billie Eilish set as the musical guest.

Also Read: Leslie Jones Sets First Netflix Comedy Special for 2020

Fineman regularly performs with the Groundlings and was named a New Face at 2018’s Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Her television credits include “Jane the Virgin” and “Search Party.”

Yang joined “SNL” last season as a staff writer, and is the host of a podcast called “Las Culturistas.” He has appeared in HBO’s “High Maintenance” and in this year’s romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic?”

Gillis was recognized this year as a New Face at the Just for Laughs Festival. He
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Awkwafina's Comedy Central Sitcom Gets Title and Premiere Date

Awkwafina‘s autobiographical-ish Comedy Central sitcom has been given a title and a (general) premiere date.

Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens is a half-hour comedy loosely based on the rapper and Crazy Rich Asians scene stealer’s life growing up in Flushing. Per the official logline, “Raised by her Dad (Law & Order: Svu alum Bd Wong) and Grandma (Orange Is the New Black‘s Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (High Maintenance‘s Bowen Yang), Nora leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-nyc.”

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HBO Max Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Delilah’ Starring ‘La La Land’s’ Jessica Rothe

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HBO Max Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Delilah’ Starring ‘La La Land’s’ Jessica Rothe
Jessica Rothe is set to star in and executive produce a comedy pilot set up at HBO Max, Variety has learned.

Titled “Delilah,” Rothe will star as the title character. After a life-changing event, Delilah’s first step toward putting her life back together is to introduce herself to a complete stranger who may or may not be her real father, and his family.

Rothe previously appeared in the Academy Award-winning film “La La Land” and has also starred in the two “Happy Death Day” films. She also starred in the MTV series “Mary + Jane,” with her other TV credits including shows like “Blue Bloods,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “High Maintenance.”

She is repped by Wme and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

The original script for “Delilah” was written by Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan for the U.K.’s Channel 4. Kirker Butler will rewrite it for the U.S.
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We Don't Know About You, but Saweetie Is Our Type - Just Look at These Sexy Pics

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Diamonté Harper - or, as she is better known, Saweetie - may have just stepped on the scene last year when she released her major label debut, High Maintenance, but already she's made a major impression. The 26-year-old rapper and songwriter got her start posting short raps on her Instagram page back in 2016, and seeing as the sexy "Icy Grl" singer now has nearly 3 million followers, it's safe to say that things worked out for her. Saweetie's sudden success is no doubt due to her talent, though it certainly doesn't hurt that she's also a serious hottie. Just check out these stunning Saweetie pics to see what we mean.

Related: 2019's Hottest Rap Videos Are Seriously Sexy (and Absolutely Nsfw)
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Dot-Marie Jones, Eugene Cordero, Ron Funches Join ‘Golden Arm’; Danny Aiello, Adria Tennor Cast In ‘One Moment’

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Dot-Marie Jones, Eugene Cordero, Ron Funches Join ‘Golden Arm’; Danny Aiello, Adria Tennor Cast In ‘One Moment’
Indie comedy Golden Arm has rounded out its cast with Dot-Marie Jones, Eugene Cordero, Ron Funches as well as Dawn Luebbe (HBO’s High Maintenance), Ahmed Bharoocha (Adult Swim’s Dream Corp LLC), and Olivia Rose Stambouliah. They join previously announced stars Mary Holland and Betsy Sodaro. Maureen Bharoocha is directing the film, which is currently before cameras in Oklahoma. The buddy comedy follows a tough lady trucker who trains her timid best friend to compete in the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship. Jones will play Big Sexy, the rough-and-tumble mentor who puts her trainees through a rigorous schooling in order to create a winner. Cordero is Greg, an Mlb ref who – in the off-season – refs the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament. Funches will portray Carl, the crass Mc of
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Back to One, Episode 65: Emmy Harrington

I first was introduced to the incredible talents of Emmy Harrington on the set of Caveh Zahedi’s The Show About The Show, where she plays “Slut Machine,” and witnessed, first hand, her ability to adapt to all types of run-and-gun shooting environments and unorthodox directing styles and deliver a great performance take after take. You can also see her work in shows like High Maintenance and Jessica Jones, and an award-winning film she wrote, directed, and stars in — Two Little Bitches — is currently making the festival circuit. I sat down with her a couple of days after directing […]
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Back to One, Episode 65: Emmy Harrington

I first was introduced to the incredible talents of Emmy Harrington on the set of Caveh Zahedi’s The Show About The Show, where she plays “Slut Machine,” and witnessed, first hand, her ability to adapt to all types of run-and-gun shooting environments and unorthodox directing styles and deliver a great performance take after take. You can also see her work in shows like High Maintenance and Jessica Jones, and an award-winning film she wrote, directed, and stars in — Two Little Bitches — is currently making the festival circuit. I sat down with her a couple of days after directing […]
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Emmy Dream Ballot: The Comedy Nominees Worth Considering in 2019

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Comedy offerings at this year’s Emmys are an embarrassment of riches. If each and every category doubled the eligible number of shows that could be nominated, there still wouldn’t be enough room for all the worthy contenders, so making tough decisions is a given for all TV Academy voters.

IndieWire is here to help. As we did with drama already, TV Awards Editor Libby Hill and TV Critic Ben Travers have selected an ideal ballot of more-than-worthy contenders from the 108 comedy programs and 1,000-plus performers submitted.

While there’s no way to represent all the excellent would-be Emmy nominees out there, the list below highlights critical voices in the TV industry and cuts out the riffraff so you have a clear picture of the best options. Perhaps these selections will remind you of a few series you missed, or encourage you to give an actor a second look.
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‘State of the Union,’ ‘Special,’ ‘Bonding’ Prove Short Form Is Not Small Content

There has been much said — and many headlines written — about peak TV providing almost 500 scripted series last year and showing no signs of slowing down. One area not often taken into consideration in that equation is short form, which is seeing its own emergence of creative, high-brow content.

Some of the top deliverers in the genre include Netflix, which offers six series including Ryan O’Connell’s “Special,” Solvan Naim’s “It’s Bruno” and Rightor Doyle’s “Bonding,” as well as Sundance, which has “State of the Union” from writer Nick Hornby, director Stephen Frears and stars Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike as a married couple who meet in a pub for 10-minute conversations before their weekly counseling sessions.

“While there is obviously lots of short form programming out there, we think this is a really premium environment for a short form series with A-list talent, an A-list writer and an A-list director,
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‘The F Word’: Two Queers and Their Adorable Baby Unravel Foster-to-Adopt Process

The first season of “The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story” was all about preparing to foster a child, the countless considerations that go into such a big decision, and the challenges of navigating the system as a queer couple. The short form series, released in 2017 and subsequently nominated for a Gotham Award, was uncommonly personal, exceedingly charming, and somehow turned a complicated topic into a contemporary family comedy. At its heart were filmmaker Nicole Opper, who now goes by Nico, and their partner Kristan Cassady, whose charming banter and committed partnership provided a refreshing portrait of a loving queer couple living in San Francisco. At season’s end, they were about to meet their baby for the first time. In Season 2, a third character has entered the picture: Their adorable baby J.

The second season of the docu-series, which finished airing on Soul Pancake last week, takes a broader approach to the topic of foster-to-adopt.
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Comedian Jacqueline Novak Sets Off Broadway Run With Comedy World On Its Knees

Exclusive: Comedian Jacqueline Novak will launch a new Off Broadway comedy at The Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village this summer, and if the title and subject matter don’t get your attention, the comedy world support certainly will.

Executive produced by Mike Birbiglia and presented by Natasha Lyonne, Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees debuts July 10, with an official opening set for July 22. The limited engagement runs through Aug. 18.

The official description: Get On Your Knees is the most high-brow show about blowjobs you’ll ever see. Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that’s part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph.

Ira Glass has called the show a “nearly Talmudic dissection of a subject. Really funny and just really like nothing else.” Amy Schumer says Novak’s comedy “is the
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Michael Urie Heads Gay Throuple in Evocative Fox Searchlight Short ‘Lavender’ — Watch

Michael Urie Heads Gay Throuple in Evocative Fox Searchlight Short ‘Lavender’ — Watch
Open relationships, throuples, polyamory — 21st century sexual configurations have not always received the most nuanced cinematic renderings. Few filmmakers have truly interrogated what polyamory looks like in real life without resorting to cheap thrills and even cheaper jokes. Which is what makes “Lavender,” an elegantly crafted short film starring “Ugly Betty” star Michael Urie, such a revelation. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was quickly nabbed by Fox Searchlight’s brand new short film distribution arm and became a Vimeo Staff Pick premiere as of today.

“Lavender” is the second narrative short from gay filmmaker Matthew Puccini, who wrote and directed the short. His first film, “The Mess He Made,” starred Max Jenkins (“High Maintenance”) as a man waiting for the results of an HIV test. “Lavender” is just as plaintive in tone, though its themes are slightly lighter. The film centers around a young man
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‘Three Busy Debras’ Ordered to Series at Adult Swim

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Adult Swim is diving into absurdist suburbia with a new comedy series titled “Three Busy Debras.”

The cable channel has issued a series order for the quarter-hour live-action comedy which follows the surreal day-to-day lives of three deranged housewives, all named Debra, in their affluent suburban town of Lemoncurd, Connecticut. The show, whose pilot was ordered by Adult Swim a year ago, will go into production later this year.

“The Three Debras” originated as a web series created by a trio of comedians, Mitra Jouhari (“High Maintenance”), Sandy Honig (“Isn’t It Romantic”) and Alyssa Stonoha. Amy Poehler saw the show and offered to help them bring it to Adult Swim.

The trio will star and serve as executive producers along with director, Anna Dokoza (“Special”). Poehler and Kim Lessing complete the list of executive producers under their Paper Kite Production banner. Paper Kite is behind other comedies such as
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How ‘Native Son’ Production Team Re-Created Depression-Era Chicago

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When HBO Films bought the world-premiering “Native Son” earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, it felt that the movie, based on Richard Wright’s seminal 1940 novel of the same name, would focus on a subject to which modern audiences could certainly relate: the complicated issue of racism in America. But the filmmakers faced a harder task in telling the story of Bigger Thomas, a poor 20-year-old African American living in Depression-era Chicago — making the 1930s setting relevant to modern audiences.

The drama, which HBO premiered on the small screen April 6, toplines Ashton Sanders as Bigger and marks the directorial debut of visual artist Rashid Johnson, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. The talent pool behind the film includes production designer Akin McKenzie and Oscar-nommed cinematographer Matthew Libatique.

When Libatique first signed on to the project, he and Johnson came to the table with the identical
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Listen: Ian McShane Swears ‘Atlanta’ and Donald Glover Made the Best TV Episode Ever

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Listen: Ian McShane Swears ‘Atlanta’ and Donald Glover Made the Best TV Episode Ever
Ian McShane will still pause and watch an episode of “Deadwood” when it pops up while flipping through channels. “And then I’d finish up, smiling to myself, ‘it’s a really good show!’ It was a great show, a terrific show,” McShane said of the HBO drama, which ran for three seasons from 2004 to 2006.

Now, “Deadwood” is back — in the form of a 2-hour movie, set to premiere May 31 on HBO. The “Deadwood” movie takes place more than a decade later, as a statehood celebration brings back many of the series’ most memorable characters.

“It’s a love letter to the old ‘Deadwood,'” he said. “I think they found the connecting tissue by making it statehood day. There’s a reason a lot of the characters come back.”

McShane said he enjoyed the opportunity to revisit his iconic “Deadwood” character, Al Swearengen — the foul-taking owner of the town’s Gem saloon.
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HBO Confirms Westworld Will Not Return in 2019

We have some bad news, Westworld Fanatics!

The hit HBO drama series is sitting the entirety of 2019 out.

WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt and HBO president of programming Casey Bloys confirmed to Deadline that the popular series will be back on the air during 2020.

While it's no surprise that the series is taking a lengthy hiatus, it does make one wonder what HBO will promote as its tentpole series when Game of Thrones wraps its eight-season run in May.

Related: Westworld Renewed for Season 3

That being said, Bloys was adamant that shows like Succession, Sharp Objects, The Deuce, My Brilliant Friend, The Night Of, The Leftovers, Barry, Veep, and High Maintenance helped bridge the extended gap between Game of Thrones final two seasons.

The network also has Euphoria, Watchmen, The Nevers, and His Dark Materials on the horizon. There's no telling whether any of these shows will be big hits,
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Bob Greenblatt & Casey Bloys On Post-‘Game Of Thrones’ HBO, Layoffs, More ‘True Detective’, ‘Sharp Objects’ & ‘Got’ Series

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Last night marked the beginning of the end for HBO’s flagship series, global mega hit Game Of Thrones. HBO was in a similar position 12 years ago when another blockbuster drama series, The Sopranos, came to an end. Like was the case back then, questions are being raised about HBO’s future and how the network will survive the loss of its biggest series. In an interview with Deadline, Bob Greenblatt, the recently appointed Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, who oversees HBO as well as the upcoming WarnerMedia digital platform and Turner, and HBO President of programming Casey Bloys address those questions. Greenblatt also discusses the possibility for more Game Of Thrones universe series beyond the prequel starring Naomi Watts, which was ordered to pilot.

There have been mixed signals on how much the volume of programming at HBO will grow after expanding 50% to 150 hours in 2019. While HBO brass
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Jason Segel’s AMC Anthology Series Adds Richard E Grant and Sally Field to Cast

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Jason Segel’s AMC Anthology Series Adds Richard E Grant and Sally Field to Cast
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” star Richard E. Grant, Oscar-winner Sally Field and “Mr. Robot” alum Eve Lindley have joined the cast of Jason Segel’s AMC anthology series “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” the network announced Tuesday.

Created by and starring the “How I Met Your Mother” star, “Dispatches From Elsewhere” centers on a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life and come to find that the mystery winds far deeper than they ever imagined.

According to AMC, the 10-episode series will involve some form of viewer engagement “across multiple media platforms.” It is set to begin production this summer.

Also Read: AMC Orders Jason Segel Anthology Series 'Dispatches From Elsewhere'

Segel is executive producer on the series alongside Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Garrett Basch.

For Grant, the role comes fresh off an Oscar nomination for his role
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