FERRELL, AFFLECK, DAMON, MORTIMER, OBAMA, and THEROUX Headline HBO Canada’s Premium Fall Lineup
— August 27, 2015
– Acclaimed drama series THE LEFTOVERS returns for a second season –
– Comedies include the return of DOLL & EM and premiere of baseball special FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD –
– Documentary series PROJECT GREENLIGHT returns, plus a new VICE special on the U.S. criminal justice system and the documentary SAN FRANCISCO 2.0 –
TORONTO (August 27, 2015) – HBO Canada has it all this fall: irreverent, laugh-out-loud comedy series and specials; critically acclaimed drama; intriguing reality programming focusing on the art of filmmaking; an investigative special looking at America’s broken justice system; and a new thought-provoking HBO documentary. The HBO Canada fall programming lineup includes: the one-hour comedy special FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD (Sept. 12), featuring Will Ferrell as he suits up for spring training with 10 Major League Baseball teams; the return of PROJECT GREENLIGHT (Sept. 13), charting the success of a first-time director, from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon; the second season of the bittersweet comedy DOLL & EM (Sept. 13), starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells; the new one-hour special VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM (Sept. 27), exploring America’s criminal justice system and featuring President Barack Obama’s historic visit to a federal prison; Season 2 of mysterious drama THE LEFTOVERS (Oct. 4) from Damon Lindelof; and the new HBO documentary about the high-tech revolution, SAN FRANCISCO 2.0(Sept. 28).
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Additional information about HBO Canada’s fall lineup is outlined below (in chronological order). All HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.:
FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD (Comedy Special)
Premieres Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/MT
From Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD is a one-hour comedy special that covers the comedian’s one-of-a-kind day last March 12, when he took the field at 10 different positions for 10 different teams in five spring training games at Cactus League ballparks in Arizona. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer through the charity Cancer For College, Ferrell is also honouring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris, who on Sept. 8, 1965 in only his second major league season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels. FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD is executive produced by Will Ferrell, in association with Gary Sanchez Productions, FUNNY OR DIE’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, and Stuart Miller, and directed by Brian McGinn. For a look at FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD, click here.
PROJECT GREENLIGHT (Documentary Series)
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/MT
Returning for an eight-episode new season after a 12-year hiatus, PROJECT GREENLIGHT chronicles the search for a first-time director by series executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Spanning the entire filmmaking process, it takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a novice director. The series begins with a digital competition, following the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Executive producers of the new season include Affleck and Damon, who were executive producers of the previous two seasons on HBO in 2001 and 2003. Click here for a look at PROJECT GREENLIGHT.
DOLL & EM, Season 2 (Comedy Series)
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 13at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT
A bittersweet, intimate portrait of female friendship, written by and starring real-life best friends Emily Mortimer (THE NEWSROOM) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary), HBO’s half-hour comedy returns for a six-episode second season. Starring Mortimer and Wells as fictionalized versions of themselves, the second season follows Doll and Em as they write an off-Broadway play together in an effort to do something creative on equal footing. They even manage to hoodwink Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) and Olivia Wilde (VINYL) into appearing in it. After packing up her life in London, Doll has moved in to Em’s Brooklyn basement, only to find that living in the lap of her friend’s family is surprisingly lonely. Meanwhile, their play is jeopardized when Em gets cast in a Hollywood action thriller opposite Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and threatens to abandon their passion project. Season 2 is directed by Azazel Jacobs and produced by Alessandro Nivola with Kevin Comer under Nivola and Mortimer’s King Bee label. BAFTA-winner Andrew Eaton executive produces along with Lucy Lumsden, the show’s commissioner for Sky. DOLL & EM is an original production from U.K. broadcaster BSkyB and has just aired on Sky Living in the U.K. For a look at DOLL & EM, click here.
VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM (Special)
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Hosted by VICE founder and correspondent Shane Smith, this special gives viewers an in-depth look at the pervasive impacts of America’s approach to crime and imprisonment, chronicling the many interlocking pieces of the sprawling system, from prisoners and their families to the judiciary and community reformers. The documentary also features President Obama’s historic tour in July 2015 of Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno in Oklahoma, where he met with inmates and prison officials. As part of the VICE special, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, signaling criminal justice reform as a top priority for the final months of his presidency.
SAN FRANCISCO 2.0 (Documentary)
Premieres Monday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
From Emmy®-nominated director Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE), SAN FRANCISCO 2.0 visits a city that has long enjoyed a reputation as the counterculture capitol of America. Now, with the digital gold rush, members of the young tech elite are flocking to the West Coast to make their fortunes, and this influx of new wealth is forcing San Francisco to reinvent itself.
THE LEFTOVERS, Season 2 (Drama Series)
Premieres Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Created by Damon Lindelof (LOST) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award® nominee for Little Children), THE LEFTOVERS returns for a second season. After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, Season 2 finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux, Wanderlust) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon, Gone Girl), who's discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley, Palo Alto). Upon their arrival in Jarden, Texas, the newly formed Garvey family meet their neighbors, the Murphys: John (Kevin Carroll: LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) and Erika (Regina King, AMERICAN CRIME) and their teenage twins, Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) and Michael (Jovan Adepo, BLOOD RELATIVES). The series also stars Amy Brenneman (PRIVATE PRACTICE), Christopher Eccleston (HEROES), Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and Ann Dowd (MASTERS OF SEX).
The first season of THE LEFTOVERS was based on Tom Perrotta’s best-selling novel of the same name. In the second season, the series expands on the novel’s original concept of The Rapture, continuing to explore the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events. Click here for a look at THE LEFTOVERS.
In Eastern Canada, programming and previous seasons are also available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.
In Western Canada, programming is also available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.
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