Angry Boys, a twelve part Australian television mockumentary series and the third season of Less Than Kind are two of the new shows which debut this month on HBO and HBO Canada.
Written by and starring Chris Lilley, Angry Boys explores the issues faced by young males in the 21st century – their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions. Lilley plays multiple characters: S.mouse, an American rapper; Jen, a manipulative Japanese mother; Blake Oakfield, a champion surfer; Ruth "Gran" Sims, a guard at a juvenile detention facility; and her grandchildren, South Australian twins Daniel and Nathan Sims.
In Australia, the widely anticipated premiere of Angry Boys received generally positive reviews with "Angry Boys" and "Gran" becoming worldwide trending topics on Twitter as the first episode went to air. It was met with enthusiasm by many, who declared it "worth the wait", while others complained about excessive swearing and a general lack of funniness.
The series, which began earlier this week in North America and can be seen on the channel this month, is a co-production between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and HBO.
Other HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. this month include:
Crimson Petal and the White (Original Miniseries)
Parts One and Two premiere Saturday, January 7 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Parts Three and Four premiere Saturday, January 14 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/MT
This Canada/UK co-production is a one-hour, four-part dramatic adaptation of Michael Faber's international best-selling novel. Set in 1870's London, the psychological thriller focuses on the tale of a young prostitute, Sugar, who finds her only comfort in the secret novel she is writing, in which a murderous whore gleefully enacts revenge on her clients. When she meets William Rackham, a prominent businessman who falls for her charms, they embark on a relationship with dangerous consequences. Starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Hale and Mark Gatiss.
Less Than Kind , Season 3 (Original Series)
Premieres Sunday, January 15 at 8 p.m. ET/MT
Kicking off with a three back-to-back episodes, Season 3 of Less Than Kind begins with the loss of patriarch Sam Blecher, an event that leaves the family reeling as they struggle forward in a world without him. As the new season unfolds, Sheldon must wade through the confusing currents of loss, which ultimately land him in the clutches of his high school wrestling team; Anne struggles with her new life as a widow and the future of the imperilled family driving school; Josh creates a new opportunity when he starts an acting school even as his stormy relationship with Shandra finally implodes; and Aunt Clara stumbles badly when she is sucked back into the orbit of her toxic ex-husband. Starring Jesse Camacho, Wendel Meldrum, Benjamin Arthur and Nancy Sorel.
On Freddie Roach (Sports Documentary Series, HBO)
Premieres Friday, January 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT
From Executive Producers Peter Berg, Jim Lampley, Sarah Aubrey and Michael Price, this six-part cinéma-vérité style series focuses on Freddie Roach, the world-famous boxing trainer who owns and operates the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, where he has produced a host of world champions. This intensely personal look at Roach chronicles his life and career against the backdrop of Parkinson's disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past.
Luck (New Series, HBO)
Premieres Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
From Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch, Luck takes a provocative look at the world of horse racing - the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. The series stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Ian Hart, Kevin Dunn, Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Jill Hennessy, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte.
In This Life: Chantal Kreviazuk (Original Music Special)
Premieres Monday, January 30 at 6:45 p.m. ET/MT
This special television event weaves music and story for an intimate glimpse into Canadian songstress Chantal Kreviazuk's life and career. Combining interviews, news footage and photos with an outdoor concert performance, the special takes audiences inside Kreviazuk's musical, personal and professional journey. Filmed earlier this year at the Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre in Niagara wine country, the concert portion of the special will feature Chantal performing some of her most well-known hits including All I Can Do, 5000 Days, Feels Like Home, Time and Today.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Documentary, HBO)
Premiering in January 2012
In this long-awaited sequel to HBO's 1996 Emmy Award-winning documentaries Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills and 2000's Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, this feature-length documentary sheds new light on the controversial case that fueled a decades-long battle between two factions: those convinced that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were guilty of killing three Arkansas boys, and those who felt the “West Memphis Three” were wrongfully convicted. The documentary concludes with the blockbuster judgment in August 2011 that freed Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley when they entered “Alford” pleas – agreeing to plead guilty while asserting their innocence.
Real Time with Bill Maher , Season 10 (Talk/Comedy Series, HBO)
Premiering in January 2012
HBO's acclaimed, award-winning talk/comedy series returns for Season 10 as Maher continues to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, interviews with in-studio and satellite guests, and the popular and hilarious weekly segment “New Rules.”
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