or


[01/13/12 - 09:00 AM]
Lineup of HBO and HBO2 Documentaries Confirmed for First Part of 2012
Upcoming films include "The Union," "The Loving Story," "Saving Face," "God Is Bigger Than Elvis" and more!

[via press release from HBO]

LINEUP OF HBO AND HBO2 DOCUMENTARIES CONFIRMED FOR FIRST PART OF 2012

Presentations Include PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, THE UNION And THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2012 - HBO Documentary Films has scheduled a compelling array of timely and thought-provoking films to debut on HBO and HBO2 in the coming months. Highlights include PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, the final chapter in the controversial West Memphis 3 murder case, THE UNION, a look at the remarkable musical collaboration of Elton John and Leon Russell, and THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, a groundbreaking series dedicated to bringing new understanding of the contemporary obesity epidemic.

Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order):

PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY (debuted Jan. 12.) revisits the controversial case of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were incarcerated for the 1993 West Memphis child murders, which they maintain they did not commit. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky previously chronicled the fight to prove their innocence in the award-winning HBO documentaries "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" (1996) and "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" (2000). From full courtroom access and jailhouse interviews to behind-the-scenes strategy meetings and intimate portraits of grief-stricken families, this third, comprehensive look at the case features extensive never-before-seen footage and uncovers stunning new developments since the last film ten years ago, concluding with their release from prison on Aug. 19, 2011. Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.

THE UNION (Feb. 2) is an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell, produced by award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Never before filmed in his composing process, John is captured by Crowe in this candid portrait of one of the world's most treasured artists and performers. Begun in Nov. 2009, the documentary chronicles the entire writing and recording process of "The Union," the acclaimed album John made with Russell. Directed by Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire").

THE LOVING STORY (Feb. 14) recounts the little-known struggle of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) Loving, whose marriage was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. Refusing to leave one another, the Lovings fought back and changed history with the historic 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which overturned bans on interracial marriage in 16 states. Directed by Nancy Buirski.

SAVING FACE (March) spotlights Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a British cosmetic surgeon to the stars, as he travels to his homeland in Pakistan to treat survivors of radically disfiguring acid attacks, the majority of whom are women targeted by family members. The film also follows one of his patients as she becomes involved with women in the Pakistani parliament to address the issue of acid violence on a national level. A film by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS (April) tells the story of Dolores Hart, a rising Hollywood starlet who appeared in films with Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift and Anthony Quinn, but abandoned her career to become a Benedictine nun in 1963 at age 23. Now Mother Prioress of the cloistered Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Ct., she reveals her life, past and present, with grace and humor in this unique documentary. Directed by Rebecca Camissa.

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION (May), developed in partnership with the country's leading research institutions, looks at the contemporary obesity epidemic. Three years in the making, the multi-part, multi-platform series sheds new light on the facts and myths of this urgent public health problem, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health-care system. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis are just some of the diseases directly linked to obesity, and these disorders will dramatically increase if the status quo continues.

Upcoming HBO2 documentaries include (in chronological order):

IN TAHRIR SQUARE: 18 DAYS OF EGYPT'S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION (Jan. 25) chronicles the early-2011 people-powered revolt in Egypt's Tahrir Square that brought down President Hosni Mubarak and changed Egypt forever. From Emmy(R)-winning filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill, this documentary short is a from-the-frontlines look at what would become the largest revolt in Egypt's history.

RAISING RENEE (Feb. 22) tells the story of accomplished, charismatic painter Beverly Mciver and her promise to take care of her mentally handicapped sister, Renee, when their mother Ethel dies. Filmed over the course of six years, the film explores themes of family, race, class, disability and art. Directed and produced by Oscar(R) nominees Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher.





  [january 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[06/28/16 - 09:24 AM]
SundanceTV Greenlights Original Scripted Series "Hap and Leonard" for a Second Season
Plus: John Wirth will join as showrunner and executive producer.

[06/28/16 - 09:00 AM]
ABC Announces Fall Series Premiere Dates for 2016-17 Season
"Dancing with the Stars" will once again kick off the Alphabet's lineup on Monday, September 12.

[06/27/16 - 06:21 PM]
Video: "Better Things" Season 1 Promo
Get your first look at the new FX comedy series, premiering Thursday, September 8.

[06/27/16 - 01:44 PM]
ESPN Films' "O.J.: Made in America" Seen by More than 35 Million People
ESPN spins the numbers for the series to date.

[06/27/16 - 01:31 PM]
AMC to Air "Preacher" Marathon on Thursday, June 30th Beginning at 9:00 PM ET/PT
The new, sixth episode of the season appears on AMC this Sunday in the show's regular timeslot at 9:00/8:00c.

[06/27/16 - 12:48 PM]
TV One's June 14 Episode of Docu-Series "Rickey Smiley for Real" Is Most Watched Episode of the Series Among Key Demos
TV One further spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 14.

[06/27/16 - 11:00 AM]
Freeform Greenlights No. 1 Comedy "Baby Daddy" for a Sixth Season
In season six, Ben will remain on his quest to find the "girl of his dreams" and Emma's new mom while Danny and Riley figure out their future.

[06/27/16 - 10:49 AM]
E! Sets Premiere Date for New Series "Total Bellas"
The spin-off of E!'s mega-hit series "Total Divas" premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00/7:00c.

[06/27/16 - 10:08 AM]
Warner Bros. Television Group Set to Bring a Historic 21 Shows to Comic-Con International July 20-24 in San Diego
The world's leading comics and pop-culture convention will be dominated by WBTVG, with 13 returning shows and eight new series making their much-anticipated Comic-Con debut.

[06/27/16 - 10:01 AM]
Blake Shelton Performs New Opening Theme for NBC Sports' NASCAR Coverage
This year's Open includes an all-new look and presentation, including updated lyrics for Shelton's hit "Bringing Back the Sunshine."

[06/27/16 - 09:19 AM]
Adult Swim Launches First Ever Full Episode on Vine
The new animated sketch show "Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio" premieres Sunday, July 10.

[06/27/16 - 08:37 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC's "Sunday Fun and Games" Lineup Opens on Top
The Alphabet's "$100,000 Pyramid" leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[06/27/16 - 07:31 AM]
Emmy Winner Jon Cryer Explores Lifelong Passion for Space Travel in First Installment of Travel Channel's "Celebrity Adventure Club"
The first installment of Travel Channel's new series of specials premieres Friday, July 1 at 11:00/10:00c.

[06/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Splits Demo Crown with NBC
The Alphabet's "In an Instant" and the Peacock's "U.S. Olympic Trials" coverage lead the night among adults 18-49.

[06/26/16 - 08:47 AM]
NBC Ties for the Saturday Primetime Win as Men's Gymnastics Scores a 7-Week Slot High
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, June 25.