Carnivàle: Damascus, NE First Watch Season 2, Ep 7
Ben follows his visions to a seedy hotel; Sabina airs her dirty laundry with Lila; Iris displays her strength to Norman; the troupe worries about Sofie.
Game of Thrones: Valar Dohaeris First Watch Season 3, Ep 1
Jon is brought before Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, while the Night's Watch survivors retreat south. In King's Landing, Tyrion asks Tywin for his reward, Littlefinger offers Sansa a way out, and Cersei hosts a dinner for the royal family. Dany sails to Astapor, on Slaver's Bay. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: FIFA caught on corruption charges, the Thai love for Hitler Season 2, Ep 15
This week: Cuba is removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. Nebraska becomes the 19th US state to abolish the death penalty. Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage by a 2-to-1 margin. And Now: Newscasters Finding The Fact That They Don't Know Words Hilarious. (Watch for the THUG LIFE joke.) The main story: FIFA is revisited as issues with corruption have resulted in successful criminal prosecution against FIFA officials in the United States. YouTube. (13m) The indictment, which Oliver recommends you read due to being "amazing," is here. (164p PDF) And Now: Bernie Sanders Asks Interviewers Questions. And finally, we look at Adolf Hitler's bizarre cachet in Thailand, where his image is used as a general mascot and cultural signifier. Who would be better than Hitler? Rip Taylor, who appears in a segment stating his case. [more inside]
Carnivàle: The Road to Damascus First Watch Season 2, Ep 6
Samson makes a deal with an old friend; Iris and Justin prepare for a difficult sermon; Rita Sue goes on a charity mission; Lila makes a new friend.
Game of Thrones: Hardhome Show Only Season 5, Ep 8
Tyrion and Dany connect. Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts Theon. Cersei struggles. Jon travels beyond The Wall to Hardhome with Tormund to meet with the Wildlings.
Game of Thrones: Hardhome Books Included Season 5, Ep 8
Tyrion and Dany connect. Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts Theon and learns a secret. Cersei struggles. Jon travels beyond The Wall to Hardhome with Tormund.
Carnivàle: Creed, OK First Watch Season 2, Ep 5
Dolan pushes Justin to make a difficult decision; Ruthie shares her visions with Sofie; Stroud continues his pursuit of Ben; Justin receives a mysterious gift.
Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis First Watch Season 2, Ep 10
Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards to his subjects. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift from Jaqen; Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself to Qhorin. [more inside]
Carnivàle: Old Cherry Blossom Road First Watch Season 2, Ep 4
Ben's relative reveals dark secrets; Balthus bears witness to Justin's abuse of power; Lila finds clues in Lodz's trailer; Jonesy gives Sofie a new assignment.
Game of Thrones: The Gift Books Included Season 5, Ep 7
Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn. Jaime tries to reconnect with family.
Game of Thrones: The Gift Show Only Season 5, Ep 7
Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn. Jaime tries to reconnect with family.
Carnivàle: Ingram, TX First Watch Season 2, Ep 3
Ben searches for the next link; Sofie refuses to read Ben's tarot cards; Dolan grills another arson witness; Ruthie is visited by a mysterious shadow.
Game of Thrones: Blackwater First Watch Season 2, Ep 9
In one corner we have Joffrey, Tyrion, Cersei, Bronn and the city army – about 7,000 men defending King’s Landing. In the other, there’s the contender for the Iron Throne – Stannis, backed by Davos, Melisandre and about 200 ships and 20,000 men. This is The Battle of Blackwater. [more inside]
Carnivàle: Alamogordo, NM First Watch Season 2, Ep 2
Ben seeks out Scudder's former associate; Justin and Iris welcome a new servant into their home; Samson threatens to replace Stumpy; Sofie seeks comfort in manual labor.
This week: The House passes the "USA Freedom Act," which might ultimately curtail of the NSA's phone record collection. FIFA elects a new president, and is somehow expected to reëlect scandal-prone Sepp Blatter. Johnny Depp illegally brought two dogs to Australia, and its government threatened to kill them unless he took them away. LWT produces a short piece demanding Australia remove Australian things from the US. Main story: chicken farmers (YouTube 18m), and the systems of contract farming, gladiator payouts and vindictive secrecy that keeps them impoverished and the chickens mistreated.
Game of Thrones: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken Show Only Season 5, Ep 6
Arya trains. Jorah and Tyrion run into slavers. Trystane and Myrcella make plans. Jaime and Bronn reach their destination. The Sand Snakes attack.
Game of Thrones: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken Books Included Season 5, Ep 6
Arya begins training; Jorah and Tyrion encounter slavers; Trystane and Myrcella make plans; Jaime and Bronn reach their destination; the Sand Snakes attack.
Carnivàle: Los Moscos First Watch Season 2, Ep 1
Brother Justin spreads his radio message; Management urges Ben to find his father; Rev. Balthus is stricken ill; Lila worries about Lodz's whereabouts.
Game of Thrones: The Prince of Winterfell First Watch Season 2, Ep 8
The impending clashes take shape: Stannis vs. King's Landing. Dany vs. The House of the Undying. The Lannisters vs. Robb Stark. Northerners vs. Iron Islanders at Winterfell. Wildlings vs. The Night's Watch. Arya vs. Jaqen. [more inside]
Carnivàle: The Day That Was The Day Season 1, Ep 12
Ben turns to Lodz for advice; Stumpy and Rita Sue strike a deal to save their marriage; Sofie settles a score with Libby and Jones; Balthus and Brother Justin contemplate the former's greatest evil.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S.' Poor Work Provisions For New Mothers, Japanese Mascots Season 2, Ep 13
This week: United Kingdom holds elections and in an upset David Cameron remains Prime Minister. Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen refuses to pay up on a bet that Manny Pacquiao would defeat Floyd Mayweather in the World Heavyweight Boxing championship. Russia holds a parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, but is snubbed by many world leaders protesting Russia's treatment of Ukraine. And Now: The Continuing Adventures Of The Most Patient Man On Television (Steve Scully of C-Span's Washington Journal), this time versus profanity. Main story: Mother's Day, and America's awful leave provisions for new mothers, among the worst in the world (YouTube 12m). LWT provides a helpful commercial illustrating US business' actual opinions towards mothers. And finally, Japan and its weird love affair with cartoon mascots for districts and government agencies. Supposing they may be on to something, LWT presents their own mascots for 11 U.S. government agencies. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: Kill the Boy Books Included Season 5, Ep 5
Daenerys tries to hold on to Meereen, Jon tries to hold on to the Wall, the Boltons try to hold on to the North and Jorah and Tyrion just try to hold on. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: Kill The Boy Show Only Season 5, Ep 5
Daenerys Targaryen ponders motherhood. Grey Worm ponders fear. Stannis makes a move. Jon makes a decision. Roose plans the future. Ramsay plans a wedding. Sansa finds a frenemy. Aemon finds his family. Brienne puts out feelers. Jorah puts out unwanted guests. And Tyrion takes a bath.
The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana. Official site/HBO PAGE. [more inside]
Carnivàle: Day of the Dead First Watch Season 1, Ep 11
Lodz hatches a devious plan to reach Ben; Rita Sue upstages Catalina; Sofie does not like what she learns from reading Stumpy's cards; Iris proves she will do anything to advance her brother's career.
Game of Thrones: A Man Without Honor First Watch Season 2, Ep 7
Missing dragons. Horny Wildings. Escaped hostages. Reckless assassinations. [more inside]
Carnivàle: Hot and Bothered Season 1, Ep 10
Brother Justin returns to Mintern; Libby catches on to her mother's deception; Stumpy enlists a new dancer; Lodz and Lila wait for Ben to succumb to sleep.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing Season 2, Ep 12
This week: Baltimore protests over death of Freddie Gray. Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro targeted... with a mango actually, by a lady in a crowd, who wanted an apartment, so he gave her one, and so the floodgates opened. Bud Light unveiled a new slogan that is, unimaginably but actually, "The Perfect Beer For Removing 'No' From Your Vocabulary For The Night." LTW produces their own commercial for Bud Light, more prominently featuring the word NO, because "Bud Light tastes like the scared urine of a rabbit." The main story is on standardized testing. (YouTube 18m) Oh, and that is Wyatt Cenac in the Bud Light "commercial."
Carnivàle: Insomnia Season 1, Ep 9
Ben stays awake to keep from dreaming; Samson tries to drum up new business; Sofie worries that her mother is losing touch with reality; Iris reaches out to Brother Justin over the radio airwaves.
Game of Thrones: The Old Gods and The New First Watch Season 2, Ep 6
Theon's plan comes to fruition. Arya has a surprise visitor. Joffrey meets his subjects. Qhorin gives Jon a chance to prove himself. [more inside]
Carnivàle: Lonnigan, Texas First Watch Season 1, Ep 8
Samson sends Ben on a road trip to enlist a new attraction; Sofie debates defying her mother; Brother Justin receives treatments for religious excitation. [more inside]
This week: The 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, how it's reported in the US media, and Obama's attempts to tiptoe around the word genocide in official statements. New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key is called out for repeatedly yanking a waitress' ponytail and pretending his wife did it YES THAT REALLY HAPPENED. An update on everyone's favorite media quack, Dr Oz fights allegations that his show is a biased, misleading, terrible source of medical information. And Now: Political Figures Interviewing Themselves. The main story: The fashion industry's long-standing and continued reliance on oversea sweatshop labor (YouTube 17m).
Carnivàle: The River First Watch Season 1, Ep 7
Iris gets unexpected support from a radio reporter; Rita Sue and Stumpy argue over their family's future; Ben and Ruthie hunt for snakes; Samson goes to work on the bally. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: The Ghost of Harrenhal First Watch Season 2, Ep 5
Confusion in the Stormlands. Catelyn joins with a new ally. Tyrion uncovers a hoarded secret weapon. Jaqen H'ghar offers Arya a gift. Theon attempts to prove himself. The Night's Watch arrives at the Fist of the First Men. Daenerys receives advice and a marriage proposal. [more inside]
Carnivàle: Pick A Number Season 1, Ep 6
The carnies get caught up in "Carnival Justice"; Ben's dark adventure ends; Brother Justin wanders in the wilderness, where he meets a group of hobos.
This week: Vladimir Putin holds his yearly four-hour marathon Q&A session with the Russian public. Oklahoma volunteer deputy Robert Bates shoots black suspect Eric Harris. In preparation for Earth Day (it's in a week), they took a quick look at the plight of the polar bear; not only is their habitat shrinking, but pollution is threatening the species by weakening male polar bears' pelvic and penile bones. In studio we meet Marshmallow, the Polar Bear With A Broken Penis. And Now: The Most Patient Man On Television Endures The American Public. (That would be Steve Scully of C-SPAN's Washington Journal call-in show.) Main story: Abuses of the US Patent system. (YouTube 11m) And Now: The Continuing Adventures Of The Most Patient Man On Television. And finally, we return to CNN's infamous "end of world" video, with Last Week Tonight's own proposed version (YouTube 7m), narrated by Martin Sheen and featuring footage of an old-time Western saloon peopled by cats.
Carnivàle: Babylon Season 1, Ep 5
The carnival arrives in Babylon; Samson treats the troupe to a night on the town; Ben falls down a mine shaft, where he encounters a familiar face.
Game of Thrones: Garden of Bones First Watch Season 2, Ep 4
Baelish arrives at Renly's camp just before he faces off against Stannis. Catelyn tries to convince the Baratheon brothers to abandon their quarrel and unite against the Lannisters. Sansa is abused by Joffrey in revenge for her brother's victories. Tyrion intervenes. Joffrey retaliates. Daenerys and her company arrive at the city of Qarth. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie find themselves imprisoned at Harrenhal. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The IRS Season 2, Ep 9
This week: Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy for President of the United States. Brits prepare for upcoming electoral fights, including a heated race for Prime Minister between current PM David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Milliband. Obama meets Raúl Castro to work towards normalizing relations with Cuba. And Now: Excruciatingly Awkward Silences Caused By Technical Difficulties. Main story: The loathed IRS (YouTube 18m), the difficulty of their thankless job, and the issues an unpopular but essential agency faces when their budged gets slashed year after year. Michael Bolton sings a song in support; the word anus is used more than once.
Carnivàle: Black Blizzard Season 1, Ep 4
Lodz tests Ben's powers; Sofie socializes with a handsome cafe owner; Samson visits an old flame; Brother Justin struggles with an ultimatum. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: What Is Dead May Never Die First Watch Season 2, Ep 3
Catelyn journeys to the Stormlands to ask Renly Baratheon to ally with Robb to fight the Lannisters, Balon orders an attack on the North in Robb's absence while Theon must decide if his loyalties lie with his own family or with Robb. Tyrion enacts a cunning plan to root out Cersei's spy on the Small Council. Shae gets a new job. Bran continues to dream. Arya's situation gets worse. Jon is reprimanded. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance, Interview with Edward Snowden Season 2, Ep 8
This week: An extra-long episode of Last Week Tonight. Iranian nuclear talks, with John Kerry, the Beau Rivage Hotel and the Inglorius Fonkers. Real democracy makes inroads in Nigeria. President Obama goes to Utah, but hasn't been to South Dakota, so LTW produced a tourism video featuring "hobo George R.R. Martin." Main story: Government surveillance (YouTube 33m), plus interview with Edward Snowden. (Oliver: "HO-LEY SHIT. HE ACTUALLY CAME. EDWARD FUCKING SNOWDEN!") MeFi [more inside]
Carnivàle: Tipton Season 1, Ep 3
The sheriff of Tipton won't let Carnivale stop in his town. Brother Justin converts Chin's into a church. [more inside]
An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology by HBO based on Lawrence Wright's nonfiction book published in 2013. [more inside]
Carnivàle: After The Ball Is Over Season 1, Ep 2
Ben and Brother Justin meet in a dream. Ben is sent to clean out the baggage car and finds a mystery. Brother Justin tries to open a new church for the migrant workers. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Municipal Violations Season 2, Ep 7
This week: Elections in Israel go again to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. --- Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asks employees to discuss race matters with customers. --- 4th Graders in New Hampshire draft a bill to declare the Red-Tailed Hawk the official state raptor and travel to the state capital only to watch it get (metaphorically) shot down in flames. To make it up to the kids, LWT declares it the show's official bird, brings one into the studio, and airs a short promotional video. --- And Now: People On TV Honoring St. Patrick's Day In The Most Offensive Way Possible. --- Main story: Municipal violations in the US and how grievously they punish the poor. (YouTube 18m) LWT produced a short video piece against the practice, using hashtag #shutdownthefuckbarrel.
Carnivàle: Milfay First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
After the death of his mother, Ben Hawkins joins Carnivàle. Meanwhile, Brother Justin has a religious vision.
Girls: Daddy Issues Season 4, Ep 9
Hannah has boundaries, Shosh has a cake, Marnie has an announcement, Jessa has a date, and Ray has a speech to make. Meanwhile, Tad and Elijah go shopping.
Present day: Nearly a decade has passed since the filmmakers began investigating Robert Durst and his alleged crimes. They have spoken to more than 100 participants in Robert’s story, including family, friends, police, lawyers, jurors and journalists in an attempt to get at the truth.
Would anyone else be up for a "Carnivale" First Watch? [more inside]