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Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt & Hoarders, plus 17 more HBO docs

HBO routinely and reliably broadcasts excellent feature-length documentaries, and today the network announced the documentaries that will air this spring and early summer. Among the diverse array of nonfiction films is one about former The Mole host Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, his mother. Judging from clips and their interaction during their appearance at the Television Critics Association winter …

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John Oliver eviscerates Miss America–and Chris Harrison, Donald Trump

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has quickly become reason enough to subscribe to HBO. It’s nowhere near a Daily Show clone, but instead is an exceptionally intelligent, ridiculously amusing, irreverent take on current events that usually aren’t getting attention elsewhere. (All of Last Week Tonight‘s main stories, and many of its shorter segments, are on YouTube.) Sunday, …

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HBO, Sports Illustrated show wants stories about how sports moments impacted your life

HBO is partnering with Sports Illustrated to produce a documentary series called Sport in America that will explore major moments in sports and how they affected the lives of regular fans and those involved. The show will be “about how our nation’s most compelling sports moments have affected the lives of the people who watched …

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Hard Knocks airs a behind-the-scenes special that highlights how great the series is

HBO’s Hard Knocks was cancelled this year, but in its place HBO is airing Hard Knocks: A Decade of NFL Training Camps. The 90-minute special is not so much a recap as it is a behind-the-scenes episode about the show’s production, from outtakes to footage of the production. From montages of practical jokes and farts, …

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James Gandolfini watches Real Housewives, and other insight from the cast of HBO’s An American Family movie

In a few months, HBO will once again fictionalize the creation of a famous work of nonfiction, although this time it’s the reality series that started it all: An American Family. The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini stars as Craig Gilbert, the producer who followed the Loud family for the 1973 PBS series, while Pat and Bill …

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