HBO cancels Vice News, Tim Pool says it’s ‘long overdue’

HBO has canceled Vice Media’s nightly cable news show Vice News Tonight, but the company says it’s looking to find another home for a daily Vice News program. Vice News Tonight on HBO will officially come to an end in September when HBO’s deal with Vice is up. Vice says it expects to announce a […]
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HBO ending its nightly newscast produced by Vice Media

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it is ending its weeknight newscast produced by Vice Media, concluding a seven-year partnership with the media company.

Nina Rosenstein, HBO's executive vice president of programming, said Monday HBO had to make a decision about staying in business with Vice since its current deal ends in September.

Vice says it hopes to keep the newscast going with another distributor.Read more on

Damon Lindelof Teases Next Season Of Leftovers; Reviews Season 5 Of Game Of Thrones

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 09: Executive Producer/Writer Damon Lindelof speaks onstage during the ‘The Leftovers’ panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Damon Lindelof is a man who has dealt with fan reactions to a hit drama. So, he knows the expectations that Game of Thrones has to meet following his own experience with Lost. Now, Lindelof is behind HBO’s The Leftovers, which has its own slow burning mystery.
Lindelof spoke to EW about The Leftovers season 2, his career and Game of Thrones. Here are some highlights from that interview.
On what to expect in season 2:
“The first season was really about watching these people live their lives, [without] the kind of narrative drive of, say, a show like Breaking Bad. And it feels like this season, it continues to not be that show — we want to construct episodes that don’t end on cliffhangers, but that have a little bit more narrative drive. There is a central storyline to the second season that goes beyond just, “The Garveys move to this place.” The storyline is: “The Garveys move to this place and then this thing happens, and then that thing that happens basically becomes the running vein of narrative throughout the season and that does create some tension and some suspense. But at the same time, we still need to be able to do episodes like we did last season where the narrative is that someone stole Nora Durst’s ID badge — these small-scaled stories that are kind of built for narcissists. Stories where this matters to me, but I don’t expect it to matter to anyone else. Whereas, like, Stannis Baratheon [on Game of Thrones], every decision he’s making is to determine whether or not he’s going to be the king of Westeros. I don’t think that The Leftovers can ever enter into that space of, ‘You are watching the most important people on the planet.'”
On new characters:
“I want to preserve some things. But we’ve got Kevin Carroll and Regina King, most prominently joining the cast, and they’re the matriarch and patriarch of a family that lives in Jarden, Texas, and have been living there for quite some time, and they will get to know the Garveys and become intimately entwined with them as the season goes on. Integrating new characters into a preexisting show is always a slippery slope, and we obviously did it in season 2 of Lost with the tail section. The primary pushback from the audience — and I experience this too when I’m watching a show — is, “Where are the characters that I love?” It takes me time to warm up to somebody new. So we’ll see. But I think that they’re a very interesting family.”
On his reaction to season 5 of Game of Thrones:
“I love Game of Thrones. I read the first three books, and I was just finishing book 3 when the show premiered. And right around the time that Ned died in season 1 I felt that rush of book reader’s superiority — “I knew that it was going to happen and nobody else did.” But it was also intermingled with jealousy for the people who did experience it first onscreen. That’s where I stopped reading the books. Book 4 was already out, and 5 was on the verge of coming out, and I was like, “I would love to get to a place in this show where I am genuinely surprised.
I know there’s discourse now on the Web as to the deviances from the books, but all the Theon stuff was beyond book 3 for me. So [in season 5 I was] experiencing the show completely and totally cold — and I was surprised. I was very surprised by a number of things that happened this season. As someone who makes television, I watch that show and I do not know how they do it. I just don’t understand, on a sheer logistical level, of how they’re able to produce that qualitative of a product in the amount of time they have with so many different locations and so many different parts.”
The Leftovers returns Sunday, Oct. 4, at 9 p.m. on HBO. Check out the new trailer below and see what’s in store for the Garveys in season two.

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Will HBO Renew ‘True Detective’ For a Season 3?

After the Season 2 finale for HBO’s “True Detective,” it’s only natural to wonder if a Season 3 is in the works.
Critics gave the second season lackluster reviews, saying the dialogue was clunky and the plot was difficult to follow. But HBO President Michael Lombardo has praised the second season, adding that the show has around 12 million viewers per episode.
A few weeks ago, he told Zap2It:
“If [Nic Pizzolatto, the series creator] wanted to do another season, I told him our door is open. I’d love to do another season with him…I think he’s an enormously talented writer, and I have already called him and said, ‘Nic, if you want to do a Season 3, let’s start talking.'”
“True Detective” is a unique show in that the cast, characters, and plot differ from season to season, which means that Season 3 could be wildly different from Season 2 or Season 1.
Last week, Pizzolatto told The Hollywood Reporter he had the “Big Lebowski” in mind for the third installment and a “[Raymond] Chandler‑esque riff with two characters.”
“I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it’s doubly exhausting and I’m writing every episode. I can’t imagine I would do this more than three years,” Pizolatto also said in a report from the Calgary Herald.
According to, Pizzolatto and Lombado have discussed the future of the series, adding there would be no caveats or edits proposed by HBO for next season. Meanwhile, Lombardo praised the finale of “True Detective” Season 2.
“I think Nic Pizzolatto is one of the best writers working in television today,” Lombardo said. “Much like all of our shows, I didn’t believe this season or the last season was intended for as big an audience as we were getting. We’re getting 12 million viewers an episode. I’m enormously proud of it. If he wanted to do another season, I’ve told him our door is always open. I’d love to do another season with him. I think he’s a spectacular writer.”
However, it’s unclear when or if Season 3 will be aired.