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HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) is kicking off the New Year with a fresh slate of HBO original programming.

They includes: the final episodes of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated drama Big Love; the return of laugh-out-loud favourites The Ricky Gervais Show, Real Time With Bill Maher and Funny or Die Presents; a new documentary; and live boxing.

All programming broadcast day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.

 

Big Love (Season 5)

Premieres Sunday, January 16 at 9 p.m. ET/MT

HBO’s polygamy drama that follows the tumultuous lives of the Henrickson family returns for a fifth and final season. Big Love tells the story of Salt Lake City, Utah businessman Bill Henrickson, who balances the needs of his three wives – Barb, Nicki and Margene – their nine kids and three houses, and his own entrepreneurial ambitions. The series stars Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin, and is executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, David Knoller, Bernadette Caulfield and series creators and show runners Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer.

 

The Ricky Gervais Show (Season 2)

Premieres Friday, January 14 at 9 p.m. ET/MT

Returning for a second season, The Ricky Gervais Show is the animated adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ hit podcasts that feature the comic stream-of-consciousness exchanges between Gervais, his collaborator Stephen Merchant and their offbeat friend Karl Pilkington. With the podcasts earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most downloads, regular features include a “Monkey News” segment and excerpts from Karl’s journal, read by Stephen.

 

Real Time with Bill Maher (Season 9)

Premieres Friday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/MT

HBO’s irrepressible, politically incorrect muse, Bill Maher returns with new episodes of his HBO original series that offers viewers a unique perspective on contemporary issues. Each live edition of the series includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests. 

 

Funny or Die Presents (Season 2)

Premieres Friday, January 14 at midnight ET/MT

Executive produced by three of the celebrated masterminds behind the groundbreaking Funny or Die website – Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy – this half-hour, late-night sketch comedy series provides a creative forum for dozens of America’s most talented comedians, actors and writers. The series fuses off-the-wall scripted pieces with animated vignettes, music videos and faux commercials, with each episode introduced and wrapped by a decidedly unhip, white-haired spokesman named Ed Haligan.

 

ADDITIONAL HBO PREMIERES IN January

 

Silencing the Song: An Afghan Fallen Star (HBO Documentary)

Premieres Wednesday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/MT

This 30-minute follow-up to the HBO documentary Afghan Star, checks in with Setara, a young Afghan wife, mother and former contestant on the American Idol-style series, Afghan Star. Filmmakers return to Afghanistan several months later to follow-up on Setara, examining the impact that her controversial turn on the show has had on her life and her country. The documentary offers a compelling window into the country’s relationship to its culture and its tenuous, ongoing struggle for modernity.

 

HBO World Championship Boxing (Live Sports)

Live event on Saturday, January 29 at 10 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. MT/ 7 p.m. PT

Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley face off in the main event. Additional fight details to be announced.

Thursday, May 1 at 10pm ET/PT

To Roman’s surprise, Bill and Joey attend the UEB priesthood council meeting. Alby’s visit to Wanda brings out her old habits, which could potentially land Bill in a big trouble. Rhonda uses the acting competition as an excuse to leave the compound but she discovers that her family isn’t willing to let her go. Finally, Barb attends the Mother of the Year awards ceremony but not all goes as expected.

Thursday, April 24 at 10pm ET/PT

Both Bill and Barb get social recognition as Barb is selected as a finalist for a “Mother of the Year” award and Bill is asked to become a member of the Salt Lake City Leadership League. Meanwhile, the sister-wives draw up their wills, and Rhonda gets to know what life outside the compound is like for teenage girls when she hangs out with Sarah and Heather.

Thursday, April 17 at 10pm ET/PT

The Henrickson’s prepare Teenie’s baptism with friction and surprises from Barb’s judgmental sister. Bill decides to take pre-emptive action against Roman with his brother. Margene continues to butt heads with Nicki, and her misfortunes pile up. Ben wants to show his affection to Brynn but is surprised when she demands something more.

Thursday, April 10 at 10pm ET/PT

Bill wants to throw a party to celebrate Don’s plans of getting a fourth wife but Nicki’s massive credit card debt weighs heavily on his mind. Pam’s friend attempts to make his moves on Margie, but she is preoccupied with wanting to know more of how she became a part of the Henrickson family.

Thursday, April 3 at 8pm ET/PT


Bill and Roman’s disagreements result in lawsuits from both sides as well as unwanted houseguests from the compound. Sarah learns about her family’s history from her grandmother and Joey confides in Barb.

Bill attends the funeral of Frank’s first wife Roberta at Juniper Creek, and strikes a deal with Roman. With Roberta out of the picture, Bill’s mother Lois attempts to rise up on the social ladder at the compound, and Barb and Nicki find themselves in a hairy situation at Henrickson Home Plus.

Thursday, March 13 at 10pm ET/PT on GLobal

Nicki suspects that Bill is having an affair and is considering bringing a fourth wife to the family. Margene, feeling alone in the big house, befriends the new neighbour, Pam Martin. Bill goes after Roman and tries to expose him, but polygamy accusations also fly in the Home Plus. Meanwhile, Ben is trying to cope with his arousing sexuality and being a teenager.

Thursday, March 6 at 10pm ET/PT on Global

Bill goes on a hunting trip with his son Ben, Barb tries to get accredited as a full-time teacher, and shopaholic Nicki realizes she can’t pay her credit card bills. Meanwhile, Sarah goes to a house party but ends up needing her friend Heather’s help.

Thursday, February 28 at 10pm ET/PT on Global

Bill gets a new home security system, Nicki throws a birthday party, new neighbours move in, and Margene meets her mother-in-law. Meanwhile, there’s a break-in in Bill’s hardware store.

Thursday, February 21 at 10pm ET/PT on Global