Boardwalk Empire: Gone Too Soon, Though It Went On Too Long

Boardwalk Empire's fifth and final season starts Sunday night, but even its fans can't muster up the enthusiasm or the pathos that greeted the beginnings of the ends of Breaking Bad or Mad Men. Its critics, meanwhile, have been trying to burn this thing down since it began. » 9/05/14 11:08am 9/05/14 11:08am

We Live In The Golden Age Of Sports Documentaries

A piece in this week's SportsBusiness Journal is nominally about how HBO Sports has lost its preeminence in the sports documentary biz, and sure enough, it has gutted its in-house doc unit in recent years. But it's heartening to realize that even as the former biggest player scales back, the sports documentary scene… » 7/23/14 6:03pm 7/23/14 6:03pm

HBO's Majestically Bleak The Leftovers Finds God Everywhere, and Nowhere

Organized religion doesn't show up much in prestige television. Which is surprising, given the genre's tendency toward Big Existential Questions, and given how thoroughly Christianity is baked into how America thinks about itself, and given the ways the Christian Right and Mormonism and Scientology perpetually flit… » 6/27/14 2:38pm 6/27/14 2:38pm

I Can't Stop Laughing At This Guy's Game Of Thrones Video Recaps

My colleague Samer just discovered this funny video of a southern gentleman giving his thoughts on the USMNT drawing Portugal. It turns out that this guy also posts quick video reviews of Game of Thrones episodes on his YouTube channel, and each one of them is a ridiculous treasure. I present a handful here, along… » 6/23/14 2:21pm 6/23/14 2:21pm

We Need To Talk About True Detective (No, We Don't)

If you want news about the second season of True Detective, a gritty HBO anthology series that just wrapped its wildly popular first season in March, you don't have to look very hard. » 5/28/14 2:26pm 5/28/14 2:26pm

Report: NFL Won't Get To Force A Fun Team To Appear On Hard Knocks

After two seasons of scrambling to secure a team, the NFL added a new wrinkle to this year's Hard Knocks selection process: The league can compel teams that meet certain conditions to appear on the HBO/NFL Films documentary series. That opens the possibility of a marquee franchise being forced into opening its… » 5/07/14 2:01pm 5/07/14 2:01pm

Game Of Thrones As Told By Emojis Is Great

These emoji-fueled interpretations of pop culture are all over the place nowadays, but this one is particularly inspired. You done good, creator of Game of Phones. » 4/02/14 12:58pm 4/02/14 12:58pm

The NFL Can Force These Eight Teams To Appear On Hard Knocks

After the NFL and HBO had a devil of a time finding a team to agree to be on Hard Knocks, owners passed a new rule. Now the league can force a team to admit HBO cameras into their training camp unless that team a)has a new head coach, b)made the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons, or c)already appeared on… » 1/20/14 4:42pm 1/20/14 4:42pm

HBO Boxing Extreme Closeup Is Really Gross [Not Safe For Stomachs]

HBO's airing a bout between Mike Perez and Carlos Takam on the undercard of a Bute-Pascal light heavyweight fight from Montreal tonight, and Perez suffered a nasty cut in the third round. Read on only if you want to see something pretty gross. » 1/18/14 11:01pm 1/18/14 11:01pm

The NFL Can Now Force Teams To Appear On Hard Knocks

After peaking with the Jets, Hard Knocks has had a hell of a time finding teams to go under the documentary microscope for training camp. After a string of refusals the 2012 edition settled for the boring Dolphins, and though the Bengals stepped up this year, it was another forgettable season. But thanks to a new rule… » 10/08/13 1:37pm 10/08/13 1:37pm

Yes, Jim Lampley's Glasses Have Real Lenses

It's recently become an odd topic of speculation that HBO boxing commentator and occasional bad decision maker Jim Lampley wears glasses on-air that don't have any lenses in them. This speculation, indeed, has come up inside the Deadspin offices. After all, they're so damn clear! There's no glare! We want to believe… » 12/19/12 9:35am 12/19/12 9:35am

Adrien Broner Beats Antonio DeMarco, Takes WBC Title, Says "No Homo" In…

The above was how Adrien Broner commemorated his TKO victory over Antonio DeMarco tonight. He also plugged his Instagram and Twitter. Meet boxing's new big thing: the annoying, unfunny guy on your Facebook feed. [HBO] » 11/18/12 12:00am 11/18/12 12:00am

Game Of Thrones House Sigils, As Re-Imagined By A Nike Designer

Darrin Crescenzi is a Portland-based graphic designer, and something of a go-to guy for Nike. He's responsible for, among other things, the Team USA Olympic jerseys, Nike's Livestrong campaign, and various logos and brandmarks going back half a decade. These are all corporate things that are hard for anyone who's not… » 9/07/12 2:45pm 9/07/12 2:45pm

Chad Johnson Getting Cut Made For A Devastating Hard Knocks

It's all falling apart for Chad Johnson. On Saturday, an arrest on domestic violence charges after allegedly headbutting his wife. On Sunday, he was cut from the Dolphins, possibly the last NFL team that was going to give him a chance. But undrafted rookie or 11-year veteran, the end always comes the same way: a… » 8/15/12 10:05am 8/15/12 10:05am

Last Night On Hard Knocks, We Learned What NFL GMs Use As Their Version…

HBO's Hard Knocks has to maintain a balance between access and secrecy. The fans get to spend a few hours with the players and coaches in unusual settings; the coaches go along with the cameras but still get to obscure their plays and play calls from the public. Everybody wins all the time. Well, almost all the time. » 8/08/12 12:50pm 8/08/12 12:50pm

Matt Moore's Bachelorette Fandom And Chad Johnson's Sex Life:…

The seventh season of HBO's Hard Knocks premiered last night after an offseason of searching by producers for a team willing to be featured on the Emmy award-winning program. With the Miami Dolphins onboard—and newly un-renamed Chad Johnson signed to the team—the premiere was highly anticipated by pay… » 8/08/12 10:20am 8/08/12 10:20am

The Dolphins Will Be On Hard Knocks

After every interesting team in the NFL decided they weren't interested, and after we feared it might come down to the eager Jaguars, up steps a team that no one predicted. It's the dark horse fish mammals, the Miami Dolphins, that will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks. » 5/29/12 1:15pm 5/29/12 1:15pm

Hard Knocks Hopes To Have A Team By The End Of Next Week

According to a report in today's Post, HBO expects/plans/vows to finally get a team to say yes to doing Hard Knocks by June 1. Six teams have already said they want no part of it, and the Jets are at about a 90 percent "no." » 5/25/12 12:35pm 5/25/12 12:35pm

Seriously, Nobody Wants To Do Hard Knocks

Not that this latest refusal should bum you out: a show should be canceled before it forces you to watch the Seahawks. But Seattle, when approached by HBO producers, said they're not interested in doing this year's edition of the reality show. Add them to the list of "nos" that includes the Broncos, Falcons, Texans,… » 5/23/12 1:50pm 5/23/12 1:50pm