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Nat Geo Acquires Climate Change Pic from Leonardo DiCaprio, Partners with Katie Couric on Gender Doc

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National Geographic Channel has acquired the worldwide rights to an untitled climate change feature documentary produced by Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio, the cable network announced at their Television Critics Association summer press tour panel Saturday. NatGeo plans to release the film theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in October, followed by a global… Read more »

‘Westworld’ EP Defends Portrayal of Sexual Violence: It’s ‘Part of Human Nature’

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The first episode of “Westworld” features the implied rape of a main character — making it the latest in a string of HBO series to prominently feature violence against women, particularly sexual violence against women, as part of its narrative. Co-creator and executive producer Lisa Joy defended that depiction Saturday. “It was definitely something that… Read more »

Sarah Jessica Parker on How HBO’s ‘Divorce’ Is Different from ‘Sex and the City’

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12 years after “Sex and the City” left the air, Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO for a new comedy, “Divorce,” written by “Catastrophe” co-creator Sharon Horgan, who executive produces with Paul Simms. While Carrie Bradshaw still looms large in popular culture, Parker insists that her new character, Frances, could not be further removed… Read more »

J.K. Rowling on Expectations of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: ‘It was Daunting’

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Amongst London’s bustling muggle-filled streets, magic resurfaced on Saturday afternoon at the city’s grand Palace Theatre. Behind walls of impenetrable black hoardings lay a secret red carpet, securely guarded at its borders, not unlike the prison periphery of Azkabhan. Here, in the core of Theatreland, only a lucky and chosen few were permitted entry to… Read more »

Jon Stewart’s HBO Show Will Be Animated Cable-News Parody

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When HBO signed Jon Stewart to a four-year production deal after his departure from “The Daily Show,” details were scant about what fruit that deal might bear. Now some of those details are emerging. Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Saturday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed the multiplatform project that Stewart… Read more »

HBO Chief Talks Violence Against Women, ‘Game of Thrones,’ Jon Stewart and ‘Vinyl’

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New HBO programming president Casey Bloys’ first Television Critics Association press tour executive session saw him field several questions about violence against women in his network’s shows — including “Game of Thrones,” “The Night Of” and the upcoming “Westworld.” “I’d like to not think so,” Bloys said when asked whether HBO and other premium-cable networks in… Read more »

‘Westworld,’ ‘Divorce,’ ‘Insecure’ Set HBO Premiere Dates

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HBO has set premiere dates for its long-awaited drama “Westworld,” and freshman comedies “Divorce” and “Insecure.” “Westworld” will premiere Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m., with “Divorce” and “Insecure” debuting a week later on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. respectively. “Westworld” is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness… Read more »

HBO Confirms ‘Game of Thrones’ Will End With Eighth Season

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The end is near for “Game of Thrones.” Newly anointed programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed what’s long been rumored: That the eighth season of “Game of Thrones” will indeed be the final one. He made the announcement at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California, when asked if the eighth season will… Read more »

‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ Renewed Through 2018

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“Real Time With Bill Maher” has been renewed through 2018, HBO announced Saturday at their Television Critics Association summer press tour presentation. Season 15 is scheduled to air in 2017, and Season 16 is scheduled for 2018. The show is currently averaging 4.4 million viewers  and enjoying its most-watched season since the show’s 2003 debut… Read more »

TCA: HBO Live Blog

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HBO opens the fourth day of TCA. Follow our writers below for updates and news from your favorite current and upcoming shows.