**UPDATE: WE HAVE A TRAILER**
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) April 19, 2017
Here’s hoping the #Buccaneers are ready for their close-up. They have been chosen for Hard Knocks. Official announcement coming Wednesday
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsFRS) April 18, 2017
It’s about damn time, and I say that because I feel like the Bucs are in the conversation for this show every year. I can remember back to when Freeman was at the helm and HBO came a [Hard] Knockin’. They were ultimately shooed away; largely impart to our no nonsense head coach, Greg Schiano. Thank god they didn’t document that season for the whole world to see.
But now, the Bucs are a team I am proud to show off. They have a young, talented leader in Jameis Winston (Helps that he’s a super charismatic goofball), a young, on-the-rise defense and a coach who has proved that the Bucs don’t need to be bad for the world to keep spinning. The skeptics of this show, aka the haters who say “my team doesn’t need that distraction”, can kick rocks this year. I don’t always get to watch my Bucs on TV, so a weekly TV show starring all my favorite athletes is like Christmas morning over and over and over again.
Am I worried about guys showing off for the cameras? Nope. They are going to be showing off during the offseason one way or another, so might as well be in a controlled environment and not a strip club with some band substances and a hooker or two. Maybe the cameras will keep these guys dedicated or maybe the season will end in a fiery disaster. As a Bucs fan I’m more prepared for the latter, but I’m weirdly optimistic Hard Knocks will set the tone for the season to come. Let the media monsters take the Bucs and bring them into everyones homes week in and week out.
We’re 105 days away from Game of Thrones season 7 (but who’s counting) and thus far we’ve gotten very little footage of the new season. For those of us that sat on FaceBook Live and watched a block of ice get melted by a blowtorch, this new trailer is sweet relief. It’s interesting times for Game of Thrones fans because this is going to be the first season premiere where we know when the series is going to end. The writers will have two seasons to sum everything up, and after the events of last year’s finale, they clearly have a long way to go. No one man (or woman) stays on top for long, which isn’t good news for Queen Cersei, but this preview trailer does a great job highlighting the three main suitors for the ultimate throne, while reminding us that the real King is still a certain plainly colored Walker. July 16th can’t come soon enough!
FYI – If you’re wondering what that haunting song is that’s playing in the trailer, Nerdist has you covered.
“We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of ‘Curb’ and can’t wait to see what he has planned,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming.
Asked why he decided to come back, David said, “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”
This day just got a little brighter, because one of the funniest shows on television is coming back to HBO. No filming or premiere dates were announced but that’s alright, because everyone’s favorite cynic/comedic genius is back in action. Curb hasn’t aired an episode since September 2011 (!) so the next time we see it it’ll be over five years since it’s been on the air. Some of us got our Larry David fix this year on SNL when he busted out his amazing Bernie Sanders impression (and hosted one of the best episodes of the year) but a full season of Curb is just what the doctor ordered.
I say this a lot, but in this case, I don’t care what the premise of the show is. You have Danny McBride and Walton Goggins on HBO – good things are going to happen. Obviously the trailer looks hysterical, and McBride and Goggins are two of my favorite actors. McBride is at his best when he’s able to do MA-TV, and that’s the freedom that HBO gives him. I’ve been a fan of Goggins since The Shield, and all he’s done since then is play Bowd Crowder, a transgender ass kicker on Sons of Anarchy and steal scenes in both Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. The plot of this is pretty great too, as anyone who’s gone to high school knows their vice principals have always been a weird mixture of nerdy and deranged. I had one vice principal (Mr. Flaherty) who I still believe to this day went home and had dinner with a table full of dolls. July can’t come soon enough.
Game of Thrones season 6 is now a month and a half away, and there is SO MUCH shit going on in this trailer (plus a haunting rendition of Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Games’). The main concern for most fans is addressed in the game most Game of Thrones way possible, with the first thing you see being a man doing a voiceover saying ‘he’s gone’ while we look at an aerial view of Jon Snow’s body. Then the final scene is Davos pulling out his sword (not a sexual reference) and saying ‘I’ve never been much of a fighter. Apologies for what you’re about to see’ while Jon Snow lays on a slab of concrete. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? On top of that, you’ve got Cersei exacting her mountainous revenge against the High Sparrow, Bran getting confronted by the white walkers and Jorah clutching jewels in the mountains somewhere. Game of Thrones is a crazy show to begin with, but add in the fact that last season’s finale left so many questions to be asked and you have a recipe for a roller coaster ride of a season. April 24th will be the day of reckoning.
John Oliver might be the best kept secret in late night television. He’s on HBO and his show only airs once a week, so he’s not talked about in the same breath as Fallon, Meyers, Kimmel, Conan or Corden. But any time a big issue pops up, he’s usually one of the smartest and most level headed voices we have on television. Oliver decided at the beginning of Trump’s campaign that he would not comment on the subject, because he didn’t want to give more TV time to what has become more of a spectacle than a campaign. But now that Trump is running away with the Republican nomination, Oliver felt he had to comment, and comment he did. Now I don’t care if you love Trump or you hate Trump, the following is an almost 22 minute video of straight up facts delivered by one of the best talk show hosts on the planet. Maybe it will sway your vote and maybe it won’t, but it should absolutely make you think.
Here’s Big E Tweeting That He’ll Never Watch ‘Ballers’ Again, Because Big E & New Day Are The Greatest
.@BallersHBO You’ve lost a viewer for life. The lead actor is a dick.
— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) January 26, 2016
ICYMI, The Rock returned to Raw last night to get everyone in the world ready for WrestleMania. He was predictably wonderful, but the highlight of the entire segment was his interaction with New Day. The Uso’s and The Rock got the upper hand on New Day, but not before Big E, Kofi and Xavier Woods got some verbal shots in of their own. After Raw, Big E took to Twitter to show just how great he really is, tweeting The Rock’s HBO show ‘Ballers’ & explaining to them that he’ll never watch the show because their lead actor is a dick. If this leads to more Rock/New Day segments, I am 1,000% in.
— HBO (@HBO) January 7, 2016
HBO has finally announced the season premiere dates for Veep, Silicon Valley & everyone’s favorite reason to be mad a TV show, Game of Thrones, and now we know the day the internet will go up in flames. Every time something happens that fans don’t like on GOT you’d think Georgie boy and the show runners burned everyone’s houses down. I get it in a way. I love getting irrationally mad. It’s better than being mad at something important, like having no money or your house burning down. But after like 30 seconds I’m over it and back to watching something else. Take the LOST finale. People LOST their shit (get it) over the way the show ended. Was it perfect? No. Was it good? No. Could you, me or anyone make anything even remotely close to that show? No. So you take the good with the bad, and hope the writers and creators win the next one. The big story for GOT is the fate of Jon Snow. While he’s been seen on set all winter long, I think it’s a clever ploy by HBO, as was this picture. GOT is a fantasy show with white walkers and paralyzed kids who can see the past and the future. Just because a guy who might be dead is seen on set doesn’t mean he’s coming back to the show the way we want him to. My bet is on Jon Snow appearing this year in flashbacks, and that we won’t find out his fate until next season, or possibly this season’s finale. Until then, let the rage fester.