The cool thing to do today is tell folks how to cancel HBO. Becuase now that Game of Thrones is (mercifully) over, whatever else could there be to watch? Or maybe it's because of concern over what AT&T (which owns Warner Media Group, which owns HBO) is going to do to the network. (And that's a fair concern, though it's one that we'll be able to measure with actual evidence — the shows that are released.
And that's without even getting into the sheer disappointment so many folks had about the final season of GoT. Surely there are plenty who will deep-six their subscription out of spite. And that's fine, given how easy it is to come and go from online streaming services.
Anyway. ... Now that Game of Thrones is over, what else is there worth paying for?
Plenty, actually. Here's a brief look at but a few things that I'm definitely excited for.
Speaking of things that drove folks more than a little nuts. This fall HBO brings us a new Watchmen series, from Damon Lindelof. You know, one of the dudes behind Lost (how about that ending, eh?) and The Leftovers (which I loved on HBO).
Anyway. He's doing Watchmen on HBO this fall as a series. Surely nobody will have any strong opinions about this one, right?
Antoine Fuqua on Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali was a complicated man at a complicated time. His story is worth telling over and over, however. And Antoine Fuqua is ridiculously qualified to tell it.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
This remains some of the best sports-related journalism around. And like all great sports journalism, it very quickly transcends any one individual sport or game and gives us a deeper look inside of, well, ourselves.
Jeffrey Wright in O.G.
The world simply cannot get enough of Jeffrey Wright. Period.
The Deadwood movie
OK, if you've already paid for May, you're covered here. But it's yet another example of a great show on HBO.
Deadwood (the series) told the tale of the early days of the Old West in a way that only David Milch could do. The series was given an untimely death. But there's no denying its greatness, and that extends to the cast as well. Timothy Olyphant. Ian McShane. John Hawkes. Paula Malcomson. Dayton Callie. Kim Dickens. The late Powers Boothe. Titus Welliver. Anna Gunn. Garrett Dillahunt. Gerald McRaney. Darah Paulson. (And those are just the big-name regulars.)
Will the movie make up for all those missing years? We'll just have to see. But indeed we're going to watch.
True Detective Season 3
Come for the story, but stay for the incredible acting from Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff (yes, really. That Stephen Dorff) in the third season of this remarkable series.
Season 1 taught us that time is a flat circle. Season 2 taught us. ... Well, it taught us something. And Season 3 brought it back around to someplace special. If you haven't watched this series yet, it's time.
Season 3 of Westworld
OK, this isn't landing until 2020. And sure, plenty of folks had plenty of problems with Season 2. I'm not one of them.
But Aaron Paul is now on board. The story moves to yet another world.
And more Jeffrey Wright.
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