While much of American politics seems to be one big drama, the HBO series Veep has been looking at it as a comedy since 2012. As the real thing has encountered plenty of “truth is stranger than fiction” moments during the show’s seven seasons, Veep’s political world has done its best to push boundaries of its own. When we spoke with series star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she admitted that the real world’s storylines were crazier than anything her show could have delivered. (Click on the media bar below to hear Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
The final season of Veep will premiere March 31 on HBO.
Big Little Lies already featured plenty of star power in its first season, including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley. But the much-heralded HBO show is getting a major boost in its second season, with the addition of a third Oscar-winner: the legendary Meryl Streep. With movie pitches arriving at her door on a daily basis, why did Streep decide to join a TV show? She told us the reason is quite simple. (Click on the media bar below to hear Meryl Streep)
Big Little Lies will return to HBO for its second season in June.
On January 10, 1999, America witnessed the premiere of a groundbreaking new TV series: The Sopranos. Never had there been a crime series as gritty and intense — it’s no wonder the show aired on cable. Taking an intimate look at the intertwined professional and personal lives of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, the series treated its subject matter in a way we’d never seen outside a movie theater, and there were episodes that nearly matched the genre’s gold standard — The Godfather — in intensity. The late James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano so masterfully, once told us the series may have been about the mafia, but managed to tell its stories in a way where its main characters may have been sympathetic at times, but they were never glorified for their evil deeds. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Gandolfini)
For those who have never stopped believing, The Sopranos is still streaming on the HBO GO app.
Henry Winkler once had his face on T-shirts and lunchboxes all across America, but until this week, he didn’t have an Emmy Award. After more than four decades in show business, he finally won an award for his role in the series Barry. Of course, it’s hard to find TV stars who have been at it as long as Winkler has, and he credits his longevity to the lessons he’s learned along the way. One of the biggest came from Happy Days creator and producer Garry Marshall, who taught him a lot about self-discipline and keeping his ego in check. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
Barry has been renewed for a second season by HBO, and subscribers can stream the first season on demand.
Dwayne Johnson’s career never has fit neatly into any one box. He’s constantly switched things up, going from football to wrestling to Hollywood, defying expectations along the way. He may have started his movie career as an action hero, but he’s managed to expand his success, not just into other genres, but into other formats as well. Along with a full slate of films, Johnson also stars in the HBO series Ballers, and he says he’s really enjoyed getting the opportunity to work on a show like that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Ballers, which has already been picked up for a fifth season, airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.