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Due to the Memorial Day long weekend, the Nielsen ratings for The Normal Heart were delayed. At long last, the numbers are in.

Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of The Normal Heart netted just under one million viewers for its 9pm airing and scored an additional 434,000 eyeballs for the 11:15 showing. Overall, the movie garnered 1.4 million viewers across its two Sunday airings. The premiere ranks as the fifth most-watched movie of the 17 movies HBO has aired since 2010. Last Memorial Day, the network aired Behind The Candelabra which generated 2.35 million viewers.

As I previously wrote, I enjoyed it despite at times being uncomfortable to watch. I thought it was by far Taylor Kitsch’s best work to date, adding both Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer delivered solid performances with the former deserving an Emmy nod. My only gripe with regards to the cast was Julia Roberts. I felt she was extremely miscast and felt watching her scenes felt like Erin Brokovich the wheelchair version. Did you watch it? Are you surprised by the ratings? Share your thoughts below.

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True Blood meets its true death at the end of Season 7. While the supernatural series hasn’t always provided riveting storylines, I will miss it. It’s a Summer tradition I look forward to every year.

After two eerie video teasers, HBO finally releases the first full trailer for the show’s upcoming season. Given that it’s the final stretch, I fully expect it to be bloodier and deadlier than previous years. No one will be safe. “People blame me for what’s happened to this town,” Sookie (Anna Paquin) says in the clip. “I can’t take anybody else dying because of me.” It’s kinda true though ;)

Check out the trailer below set to The Wright Brothers’ ominous “Blood on My Name.”

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HBO Officially Confirms Lisa Kudrow’s Comeback

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After weeks of rumors, HBO finally confirmed one of Hollywood’s worst kept secrets. Almost ten years after it aired its inaugural season, The Comeback is returning for a second lap. The much-loved series starring Lisa Kudrow generated low ratings but gathered an avid cult following. It even scored three Primetime Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Lead Actress for Kudrow.

“It was almost too fun play Valerie Cherish the first time around,” Kudrow added in the announcement. “I look forward to revisiting this resilient and ironically self-unaware character.”

The series will pick back up with Cherish, who thinks she has things all figured out this time. The six-episode Season 2 will air later this Fall on the network. Kudrow and Sex and The City creator Michael Patrick King will serve as the show’s executive producer, along with Scandal star Dan Bucatinsky. The latter also appeared onscreen during the first season along with future Twilight star, Kellan Lutz.

Are you glad HBO resurrected the series? If you could, what other show from the TV graveyard would you revive? Sound off below.

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HBO Releases First Full Trailer For The Leftovers

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HBO’s new post-apocalyptic series The Leftovers released its first full trailer recently. Inexplicably two percent of the world’s population disappear. That’s roughly about 140 million people who simply vanish into thin air. The series is based on the 2011 novel by Tom Perrotta. Lost creator Damon Lindelof adapted it for television. It premieres on HBO on June 29.

Justin Theroux heads the cast playing Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb. Liv Tyler takes the role of Meg, a young woman who is recruited to join a cult following the Rapture. Rounding out the cast are Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka and Ann Dowd. Check out the trailer below.

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Previously, HBO released the first teaser for the final season of True Blood. That clip featured tombstones of several characters who’ve met their death during the supernatural series’ run.

For the next promo clip, the network shows the first footage from Season 7. Anna Paquin provides the voiceover as we see images of crazy religious fanatics and Hepatitis-V plagued vampires.

True Blood returns for the last time starting Sunday, June 22. The episode titled “Jesus Gonna Be Here” airs at 9pm on HBO. Check out the latest teaser trailer below.

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Adapting Larry Kramer’s masterpiece play, The Normal Heart, comes with heavy expectations. Based on the latest trailer for the HBO movie, Ryan Murphy handled the pressure well. The clip is chilling, powerful and emotional. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy when you watch it on May 25.

The Normal Heart tells the story of the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City during the early 80s. It charts the activism of writer and activist, Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) who mounts a battle to raise awareness and organize for research and help. Julia Roberts plays wheelchair-bound Dr. Emma Brookner who warns the community of the looming epidemic. “You are all going to infect each other,” she sternly says in the trailer.

Rounding out the cast are Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina and Denis O’Hare. It airs on May 25 on HBO at 9pm. Check out the trailer below.

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Game of Thrones isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Given the show’s boffo ratings for the Season 4 premiere, not surprisingly, the network has renewed the show for not just one, but two more seasons.

“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “[Producers] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

This past Sunday, the show scored a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers, an increase of 52% from the Season 3 opener. Not only is it GoT’s best episode ever, but it’s the network’s best showing since The Sopranos aired its series finale seen by 11.9 million back in 2007. When the two additional airings are factored in, Game of Thrones had a gross audience of 8.2 million on Sunday.

Excited for at least two more years of GoT? What did you think of the premiere? Sound off below.

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That’s roughly about 140 million people. Depending on who vanished, I wouldn’t complain ;)

Imagine if that many disappeared in an instant without any explanation. HBO’s upcoming new drama The Leftovers explores that very same scenario. It’s based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta. Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof co-wrote the pilot with Perrotta. With Lindelof on board, this spooky series looks promising.

Justin Theroux heads the cast playing Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb. Liv Tyler takes the role of Meg, a young woman who is recruited to join a cult following the Rapture. Rounding out the cast are Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka and Ann Dowd. The Leftovers premieres on June 15 on HBO after the season finale of Game of Thrones. Check out the first teaser after the jump

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