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Events in Film & TV


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1979-05-22 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson

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1984-12-04 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1986-03-22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • 1986-04-27 Captain Midnight (John R MacDougall) interrupts HBO
  • 1989-01-15 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • 1989-06-10 "Tales From The Crypt" TV Anthology debuts on HBO

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1995-12-06 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music concertMusic Concert

1997-08-07 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO, later releasing it as Garth: Live from Central Park

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1998-06-06 TV sitcom "Sex and the City" premieres in the US on HBO, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1999-01-10 "The Sopranos", starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2000-10-15 Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2001-06-03 TV drama "Six Feet Under" created by Alan Ball, starring Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall and Frances Conroy premieres on HBO

Television Writer and Director Jill Soloway
Television Writer and Director
Jill Soloway

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2002-06-02 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO

Actor Idris Elba
Actor
Idris Elba

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2003-02-21 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • 2007-06-10 "The Sopranos" series finale on HBO (infamous "cut to black" ending)

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2011-04-17 "Game of Thrones", based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin premieres on HBO

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2012-04-15 TV comedy drama "Girls" created by and starring Lena Dunham premieres on HBO

Writer, Actress and Producer Lena Dunham
Writer, Actress and Producer
Lena Dunham
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2012-04-22 TV political comedy "Veep" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Chlumsky premieres on HBO

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2014-01-12 "True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

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2014-04-27 "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" late-night talk and news show fronted by John Oliver premieres on HBO

Comedian John Oliver
Comedian
John Oliver

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2015-10-17 Amy Schumer's comedy special "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo" premieres on HBO

Comedian Amy Schumer
Comedian
Amy Schumer

Music releaseAlbum Release

2016-04-23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • 2017-07-30 Hackers reveal they have stolen data from HBO, including episodes and scripts of Games of Thrones

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1923-04-28 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1940-01-26 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1945-01-09 Frank Biondi, American businessman (HBO), born in NYC, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 2019-05-11 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79