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16 items from 2015


HBO Cancels ‘The Brink’ After Season 2 Renewal

27 October 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has changed its mind about going forward with a second season for the Jack Black/Tim Robbins comedy “The Brink.”

After renewing the comedy in July, the cabler announced today that it would be canceling plans for another season. “After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give ‘The Brink’ the attention it deserves for a second season,” HBO said in a statement. “We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best.”

The Brink” focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its impact on three men: Black as Alex Talbot; Robbins as Walter Larson; and Pablo Schreiber as Zeke Tilson. The series was created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach.

The Brink” averaged 1.1 million viewers for its regular-timeslot telecast each Sunday during the summer. And according to HBO, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘The Brink’ Renewed for Season 2 by HBO

21 July 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Brink” has earned a second season from HBO.

The dark comedy, starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, was renewed, just a month after its June premiere.

The Brink” focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Walter Larson (Robbins), U.S. secretary of state; Alex Talbot, a lowly foreign service officer (Black); and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.

The series, which was created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach, drew just over a million viewers in its last airing.

Its timeslot partner, “Ballers,” was also recently picked up for a second season.

 

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- Variety Staff

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HBO Launches Free Episodes on Facebook of ‘Ballers,’ ‘The Brink’

24 June 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For the first time, HBO is offering free access to full episodes of its original programming on Facebook, a move that if nothing else shows the growing clout in the video space of the social-media giant.

The premiere episodes of “Ballers” and “The Brink,” the premium cabler’s newest comedy series, will be available starting Wednesday on Facebook for a limited time, after their June 21 TV debuts.

Ballers” star and exec producer Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will host the episode directly on his Facebook page, which includes an intro by Johnson. “The Brink” can be seen on the series’ page on Facebook.

According to HBO, the episodes will not be available on YouTube or any other third-party digital platform, nor will they be available on cable, satellite or telco TV services (except to HBO subs). In addition to Facebook, the episodes are also available on HBO Now — its recently introduced over-the-top service — and HBO Go, »

- Todd Spangler

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‘The Brink’ Review: Tim Robbins, Jack Black Lead Smart Sex, Drugs and Drone Strikes Comedy

21 June 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HBO’s new series “The Brink” is a dark comedy set in the world of U.S. government and foreign affairs. Creators/executive producers Roberto Benabib (“Weeds”) and Kim Benabib skewer those who vie, lust and live for power. With a strong cast led by Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Pablo Schreiber and Aasif Mandvi, “The Brink” aims to be closer in tone to “Dr. Strangelove” than “The West Wing,” and that bodes well for the rest of the season. As “The Brink” opens, a political crisis unfolds in Pakistan. The pilot episode examines that situation’s effect on three men: »

- Diane Gordon

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HBO's 'The Brink': What the Jack Black, Tim Robbins Comedy Isn't ('The Daily Show') and What It Is

21 June 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Created by Roberto and Kim Benabib, and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach, HBO's "The Brink" stars Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Aasif Mandvi and Pablo Schreiber (most recently quite memorable as Pornstache on "Orange is the New Black") as part of an ensemble caught up in geopolitical turmoil on a global scale.  Read More: Watch: HBO Sneaks 'Westworld,' 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 in Annual Ad HBO has labeled "The Brink" a dark comedy, but bleak would be more accurate -- the first two episodes screened for critics are tonally on a level with "Dr. Strangelove." This, it turns out, is not a coincidence, as the cast and producers revealed at the winter TCA press tour today. The creators got inspired by a museum trip. Roberto Benabib, who wrote the pilot with his brother Kim, credited the initial inspiration for "Brink" to visiting »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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There Are Better Ways to Spend Your Time Than The Brink

20 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Created by Kim and Roberto Benabib, the alleged political satire The Brink is a throwback to the early days of HBO, when the quality of the cable channel’s programming mattered less than the novelty of being able to show men on TV doing drugs, having sex with hookers, throwing F-bomb-laden insults at each other, and generally carrying on as if everything we were told of value was really just a big joke on the naïve, and that life was all about seizing power and getting laid, not necessarily in that order. It’s been a while since I’ve seen so much acting, writing, and directing talent, and such top-notch production values, expended on behalf of a show that makes such a weak impression. Set during the run-up to nuclear apocalypse, The Brink aims for the sort of ebullient-yet-scathing energy of In the Loop (or its American successor Veep, »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Jack Black, Aasif Mandvi on Balancing Geopolitics and Comedy in HBO’s ‘The Brink’

9 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The creators and cast of the HBO show “The Brink” discussed balancing comedy and drama, and tackling serious issues with a wink at the show’s premiere at the Paramount Theater on Monday.

“I don’t think we crossed any nuclear lines… if you will,” said Jack Black. “I think it’s all funny.” The comedian added his thoughts on what makes the show especially relevant considering current geopolitical conflict. “Everyone sort of has this sort of thing in the back of their head, this dread that something bad is going to happen at some point. So I think it’s refreshing to be able to laugh at this whole situation. If you can laugh at something that’s scary, then you’re better off.”

In the tradition of black comedies like “Dr. Strangelove” and political satire like “Mash,” the new HBO comedy focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its »

- Seth Kelley

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Watch: Jack Black and Tim Robbins Get Ballsy (Or Suicidal) in New Trailer for 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Tim Robbins and Jack Black Try to Prevent Wwiii in HBO's 'The Brink' Teaser HBO's dark new comedy series "The Brink" focuses on a geopolitical crises in Pakistan and the trouble it causes for three very different men. We follow Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), bumbling Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) as they hilariously and desperately scramble to save everyone from World War III.  This political satire, created by Roberto Benabib ("Little City") and Kim Benabib, also stars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson. It was executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach (who also directed the first episode). Episode 2, meanwhile, is directed by Tim Robbins himself. The 10-episode season begins Sunday, June 21 at 10:30pm (after the premiere of "True Detective" Season 2 and series. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Watch: Jack Black and Tim Robbins Get Ballsy (Or Suicidal) in New Trailer for 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Read More: Watch: Tim Robbins and Jack Black Try to Prevent Wwiii in HBO's 'The Brink' Teaser HBO's dark new comedy series "The Brink" focuses on a geopolitical crises in Pakistan and the trouble it causes for three very different men. We follow Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), bumbling Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) as they hilariously and desperately scramble to save everyone from World War III.  This political satire, created by Roberto Benabib ("Little City") and Kim Benabib, also stars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson. It was executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach (who also directed the first episode). Episode 2, meanwhile, is directed by Tim Robbins himself. The 10-episode season begins Sunday, June 21 at 10:30pm (after the premiere of "True Detective" Season 2 and series. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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HBO Debuts First Official Teaser for Comedy Series "The Brink"

10 April 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Adding to its already-impressive rotation of comedies, HBO has just released the first teaser for its upcoming series "The Brink", a dark comedy that centers on three disparate, desperate men who must work through the chaos surrounding them in order to save the planet from falling into World War III. The show, which debuts Sunday, June 21, stars Jack Black as lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot, Tim Robbins as Secretary of State Walter Larson, and Pablo Schreiber as ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson, an unlikely team of men who band together to solve a geopolitical crisis in Pakistan. Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, and Geoff Pierson help round out the cast of "The Brink", which is executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib, and Jay Roach and was created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib. Check out the teaser below. yt id="lB9DlCFzzUo" width="640" »

- Jordan Benesh

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HBO’s ‘The Brink’ gets a teaser and series premiere date

10 April 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While HBO is known to many for hour-long dramas such as Game of Thrones and True Detective, the channel has also developed a number of half-hour comedies over the years, most notably the Mike Judge technology comedy Silicon Valley and the Armando Iannucci political satire Veep. They have also, over the years, been known to draw in high-profile performers to star in their shows, two traits that once again show up in their upcoming half-hour show The Brink.

The series is created by Weeds and Ally McBeal writer Roberto Benabib in conjunction with his brother Kim Benabib, a newcomer to the television landscape. The Brink stars Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Aasif Mandvi, and Pablo Schreiber, and the show’s synopsis is as follows.

Top U.S. government and military scramble to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis.

HBO’s detailed description about the series is as follows. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Jack Black and Tim Robbins head up the trailer for HBO's satire The Brink

10 April 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

From series creator Roberto Benabib (Weeds, Ally McBeal) comes the half-hour dark comedy series, The Brink. This satire will focus on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), the Us Secretary of State, Alex Talbot (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. This show will hit start the same day as season 2 of True Detective, and you can check out the first teaser »

- Sean Wist

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HBO to Debut Comedies ‘The Brink’ & ‘Ballers’ After ‘True Detective’ Premiere

9 April 2015 3:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO will boost its two new summer comedies, “The Brink” and “Ballers,” with the fan-frenzy lead-in of “True Detective’s” season-two premiere on Sunday, June 21.

All three shows will premiere back-to-back in a two-hour block, launched by “True Detective,” which returns for its eight-episode second season at 9/8c.

Ballers” will follow at 10/9c, followed by half-hour dark comedy “The Brink” at 10:30/9:30c.

Ballers” follows former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson), who gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players on the business of football. The cast is rounded out by Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon and Arielle Kebble. The 10-episode series was created and exec produced by Steve Levinson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Entourage”). Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss also serve as exec producers. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jack Black’s new show The Brink to air on HBO this summer

10 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been a while since we have seen Jack Black on the screen, but that is set to change this year as HBO has announced that the actor’s new 10-episode show The Brink will air this summer, with a cast that also includes Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Pablo Schreiber (The Wire) and a host of others including Sin City’s Carla Gugino and The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi.

Created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib, the epic dark comedy series focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate, desperate men, Here’s the official synopsis…

When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson (Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Schreiber). From »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Brink: HBO Series Debuts Summer 2015

8 January 2015 11:13 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

HBO has released some additional information about their new comedy, The Brink. Starring Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Pablo Schreiber, the 10 episode season will debut some time next summer.

Here's their press release:

New Comedy Series The Brink, Starring Jack Black, Tim Robbins And Pablo Schreiber, Debuts This Summer, Exclusively On HBO

Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib And Jay Roach Executive Produce

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Producers of HBO’s ‘The Brink’ Dismiss Fear of Attack Over Middle East Setting

8 January 2015 6:39 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Producers and stars of HBO’s “The Brink” were asked Thursday whether they are concerned that the terrorism theme of their upcoming comedy would make them a potential target of an extremist group in the wake of the deadly attack in Paris on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hedbo.

The answer was a defiant no.

“We made it for entertainment value,” exec producer Jerry Weintraub said during HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. “No fear on this stage.”

Weintraub emphasized the importance of Hollywood creatives asserting their right to free speech, even in the face of threats. Reporters during the session noted that Showtime’s portrayal of politics in Pakistan during the fourth season of “Homeland” was criticized by many in that nation. “Brink” is also set in Pakistan.

When asked how he thinks “they” will react to his satirical political series, Weintraub turned the question around. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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