HBO has revealed the return dates for three of its most popular programs as well as announcing release months for two of its hotly anticipated made for television movies.
Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep will all return back to back on Sunday, April 24, starting with Game of Thrones from 9 to 10 p.m., followed by Silicon Valley from 10 to 10:30 p.m., leading into Veep from 10:30 to 11 p.m. All three are among the network’s most successful series.
Based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series by notorious procrastinator George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is returning for its ten-episode sixth season, which will no doubt feature more compelling political intrigue and sudden character deaths. Developed by two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner David Benioff (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Troy) and two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner D.B. Weiss (The Specials, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), it stars (among others) two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), four-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Mama, Oblivion), two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Lena Headey (300: Rise of an Empire, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Emilia Clarke (Terminator: Genisys, Futurama), two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Aidan Gillen (The Wire, The Dark Knight Rises), Primetime Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Diana Rigg (The Avengers, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Captain America: The First Avenger), four-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Maisie Williams (Doctor Who, Heatstroke), four-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse, Barely Lethal) and (we think) four-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kit Harrington (How to Train Your Dragon 2, Spooks: The Greater Good).
Silicon Valley, the youngest of the three series, is returning for its third season, which will comprise ten episodes. A comedy centering around a group of young computer programmers, the series is created by Primetime Emmy Award winner Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America), five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill, Blades of Glory) and five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee John Altschuler (The Goode Family, Beavis and Butt-Head) and stars Thomas Middleditch (The Final Girls, The Wolf of Wall Street), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, How to Train Your Dragon 2), two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Zach Woods (The Office, The Other Guys), Kumail Nanjiani (The Kings of Summer, Life as We Know It), Martin Starr (This is the End, Superbad), Josh Brener (The Interns, Maron), Amanda Crew (The Age of Adaline, The Haunting in Connecticut), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Matt Ross (American Psycho, Good Night and Good Luck), Suzanne Cryer (Two Guys and A Girl, Get the Gringo) and Jimmy O. Yang (The Internship, Infamous: Second Son).
Finally there’s Veep, which is striking out on its ten-episode fifth season. The series, created by Academy Award nominee Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, Alan Partridge), follows a disastrously inept vice president, though as the series progresses, she becomes a disastrously inept president. A very realistic feeling show (horrifyingly), the series stars six-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine), two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Chuck), three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop, Hannibal), three-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Reid Scott (My Boys, Amusement), three-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Matt Walsh (The Hangover, Into the Storm), three-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Timothy C. Simons (Inherent Vice, Goosebumps), three-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Sufe Bradshaw (Star Trek, Prison Break: The Final Break), four-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kevin Dunn (Trnasformer: Dark of the Moon, Nixon), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Gary Cole (The West Wing, In the Line of Fire), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Sam Richardson (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2) and two-time Golden Globe Award winner Hugh Laurie (House, Tomorrowland).
HBO also proffered release months for two of its upcoming television films. The first of them, Confirmation, will broadcast in April and according to the network “details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations.”
The film covers the entirety of the controversy surrounding the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court by the first George Bush, as allegations were made public that he had sexually harassed a co-worker years earlier. The nomination hearings were long and bitter, and while Thomas eventually made the bench through an extremely close Senate vote, the episode has followed him ever since.
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Our Family Wedding) from a script by Academy Award nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, The 5th Wave), Confirmation stars Golden Globe Award nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal, Django Unchained), Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Ray), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Erika Christensen (Traffic, Flight Plan), Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sex and the City), Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets, Little Miss Sunshine), Golden Globe Award winner Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Quantum of Solace), Bill Irwin (Interstellar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family, Almost Famous).
The next month, in May, HBO will air All the Way, an adaptation of the hit Broadway play concerning United States President Lyndon B. Johnson. According to a blurb released by HBO, the film “follows Johnson during his early administration, as he sacrifices his past, his ties with the South and all that brought him to power in order to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act, and focuses on his efforts to secure his legacy, control his demons of insecurity and win the presidency on his own terms.”
Directed by four-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Jay Roach (Trumbo, Game Change) from a script by the original playwright two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Robert Schenkkan (The Andromeda Strain, The Pacific), the films stars a totally transformed six-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), reprising his role from the play, as Johnson, as well as Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker), Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (Olympus Has Fallen, The Fighter), two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Cabin in the Woods), Stephen Root (No Country For Old Men, Finding Nemo) and Academy Award nominee Frank Langella (Superman Returns, Frost/Nixon).