You can rarely predict what HBO will program next. And, at this year’s Television Critics Association press tour, CEO Chris Albrecht confirmed just that. The Sopranos will be delayed until March, studio movies will soon premiere on Sundays, and that’s just the beginning of the schedule updates that Andrew Wallenstein covers in The Hollywood Reporter. Among the notables:
– For the first Fall in 15 years, HBO is breaking their Saturday night tradition, and debuting new blockbusters on Sunday nights (pitting them against the new NFL season).
– Due to James Gandolfini’s knee surgery, the final season of The Sopranos will not premiere in early January, but now likely in March 2007.
– Curb Your Enthusiasm will probably return for a final season.
– Rome is coming back in January, but the second season of the period-piece series will “almost certainly” be the last.
– The Ricky Gervais series, Extras, will return. The second season is scheduled to feature appearances by David Bowie, Orlando Bloom, and Ian McKellen.
– Spike Lee’s four-part Hurricane Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke, will premiere on HBO August 21, following a planned big-screen premiere in New Orleans five days earlier.