TCA Day 3: HBO Presents Diverse Slate of Programming

Capping off day three at TCA was HBO’s session, which opened with a panel on the upcoming five-part revival of Joan Crawford classic theatrical Mildred Pierce. Present were stars Kate Winslett (via satellite from Paris), Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce and director/executive producer Todd Haynes. It debuts in March. 

Next was Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman) via satellite from New York City, where his current Broadway hit The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway will be morphed into an HBO special in March, followed by the cast of Cinema Verite: Tim Robbins Diane Lane and James Gandolfini. Cinema Verite, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of groundbreaking documentary An American Family, debuts in April.
In development news, the cable net has picked up a new comedy called Girls, which will feature the lives of a group of girls in their early 20s. The cast will include Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Adam Driver and Zosia Marnet.
Upcoming drama Game of Thrones, which is based on the bestselling books by George R.R. Martin and follows kings and queens; knights and renegades; and liars and noblemen, as they view for power, will debut on HBO on Sunday, April 17. Ten episodes of Game have been ordered.
Made-for-TV movie the Sunset Limited, with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, will premiere on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET. The premise focuses on a deeply religious ex-con (Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of a college professor (Tommy Lee Jones).
Thurgood, a one-man play with Laurence Fishburne filmed in front of a live audience at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C., will debut on HBO on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. ET.
HBO Documentary Films has announced its projects for 2011, including A President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy (debuting Jan. 20); Reagan (Feb. 7), marking what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday; The Battle For Marjah (Feb. 17), which chronicles Afghanistan: Operation Mushtaraq; Triangle: Remembering the Fire (March 21), marking the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire; and Saving Pelican (April), which tells the tale of the rescue of pelican “LA 895.”
HBO2 will continue its Wednesday night documentary series with titles that include JFK: In His Own Words (Jan. 19); Silencing the Song: An Afghan Fallen Star (Jan. 26); When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet (Feb. 14); Quadrangle (Feb. 16), which looks at two couples who swap partners and live in a group marriage in the 1970s; Secrets of the Tribe (March); The Darkness of Day (March), which focuses on suicide; Earth Made of Glass (April); and Ingelore (May), which features Holocaust survivor Ingelore Honigstein as she recounts her escape.
HBO Sports has begun production on Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV, a documentary about the Runnin’ Rebels men’s basketball team and their controversial coach, Jerry Tarkanian. It debuts on Monday, March 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

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