Hidden Gems of HBO Max

Oh well, I wanted to read the book anyway.

The first episode of The Rehearsal was everything I hoped for and more. God I missed having Nathan Fielder in my life.

Anyone been watching Mind Over Murder? I know we live in a "true crime overload" period but this series has been super well done. Less mystery and more just dealing with a really rough situation and how the town has struggled to deal with it.

kuddles wrote:

Anyone been watching Mind Over Murder? I know we live in a "true crime overload" period but this series has been super well done. Less mystery and more just dealing with a really rough situation and how the town has struggled to deal with it.

I watched the final episode a few nights ago. I liked it more as a whole more than I thought I would. As you said, we have plenty of true crime to choose from. But this had enough strange and interesting characters that I was consistently interested in watching. Like you said, it becomes less about the crime and more about dealing with the aftermath...even years upon years later.

kuddles wrote:

The first episode of The Rehearsal was everything I hoped for and more. God I missed having Nathan Fielder in my life.

This was the hardest I've laughed watching TV in a long time.

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal is really good. Not a show for small kids though, has some brutal violence at times.

Watching the Jodie Whitaker Doctor Who series and, though it is clearly different in feel, it is nowhere near the trainwreck that greasy incels say it is. I am very much enjoying it, particularly the expanded roles for the companions.

With so much original content being cut (like the Batgirl movie discussed in the DC threat), HBO Max announces to make up for that, they're bringing in... Chip and Joanna Gaines. Have they ever done a fixer-upper where the parts that need fixing were self-inflicted?

Rat Boy wrote:

With so much original content being cut (like the Batgirl movie discussed in the DC threat), HBO Max announces to make up for that, they're bringing in... Chip and Joanna Gaines. Have they ever done a fixer-upper where the parts that need fixing were self-inflicted?

HBO Max needs more shiplap!

HBO Max to merge with Discovery+ in Summer 2023. How many of your favorite HBO Max shows will be killed before then remains to be seen.

*looks over at his toddling daughter*

If they come for Sesame Street then I riot.

Oh, they'll be fine. Elmo will probably be hanging out a lot with the Property Brothers, though.

Vargen wrote:

*looks over at his toddling daughter*

If they come for Sesame Street then I riot.

Seeing as that's still on PBS, it will survive...somewhere.

Rat Boy wrote:

HBO Max to merge with Discovery+ in Summer 2023. How many of your favorite HBO Max shows will be killed before then remains to be seen.

TFA wrote:

The merged HBO Max-Discovery+ will combine the best elements of both services, said Perrette. He said HBO Max has had “performance and customer” issues but offers a rich set of features; Discovery+ has more limited features but provides a more robust underlying delivery capability.

a) I've been an HBO Max subscriber for the past couple of years, and haven't personally had any "performance and customer" issues. I'm just one voice (family of voices) in the ocean, but it's a data point.

b) I do not give a damn about "features" or "underlying delivery capability". Content is king.

(I'm also a Discovery+ subscriber, so I'm hoping that this merger will reduce my monthly bill by a few bucks, while not changing too much of the day-to-day streaming experience.)

MannishBoy wrote:
Vargen wrote:

*looks over at his toddling daughter*

If they come for Sesame Street then I riot.

Seeing as that's still on PBS, it will survive...somewhere.

PBS generally has last year's episodes, and they wouldn't be able to continue producing the show if HBO hadn't partnered with them. The PBSKids app/website is great but for any given show they only have ~6-8 episodes available at a time. HBOMax has at least some episodes from all 52 seasons of the show. That back catalog probably isn't going to go anywhere, but Sesame Street deserves to keep going for as long as we as a society keep having children. And if the deal to keep making new shows does fall through then it might impact the license deal for said back catalog.

And here I've been preparing myself to abandon Netflix in favor of HBO Max. I guess I have until 2023 to catch up on The Doctor and go through The Sopranos and Venture Bros. again before the Honey Boo Boo revival.

Yeah as a non HBO subscriber with kids I spend a lot of time watching Street reruns on PBS or the app.

They'd better not cancel F-Boy Island!!!

HBO Max has by far the best catalog of any streaming service. Now it's merging with a service full of garbage that was just advertising a fawning Trump doc. Not giving them a dime.

I'm still on an internet package from the late 2000s that includes the bare minimum of cable channels + HBO. For a good long time HBO has had a lot of its stuff online for streaming, but only for folks who were subscribers to the cable channel. The point of this service was to get access to that stuff. Fast forward to today's world and I can just log into HBO Max with my Comcast credentials. I have no idea how I would go about canceling.

Based on what I've seen when the shows have been on at my mother-in-law's, I bet a collaboration between Elmo and The Property Brothers would work pretty well. He's more likely to end up with Chip and Johanna though. Nothing against those two in particular, but that show has always been more Texas than I can stomach these days.

Rat Boy wrote:

How many of your favorite HBO Max shows will be killed before then remains to be seen.

Warner Brother/Discovery is taking an axe to pretty much all of them. They're basically going to stop all HBO Max scripted development, gut the department, and move it all back under HBO.

All I know is I'm paying for a good selection of movies and HBO-quality series and I haven't seen much as of late. I'm definitely not paying for a bunch of Discovery reality-TV trash.

Well f*ck, I guess it's good we still have Acorn and Britbox then.

Does that mean no season two of Our Flag Means Death?

farley3k wrote:

Does that mean no season two of Our Flag Means Death?

Probably, no season four of Harley Quinn or season three of Hacks either.

Veloxi wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Does that mean no season two of Our Flag Means Death?

Probably, no season four of Harley Quinn or season three of Hacks either.

That sucks. I really liked Hacks and Our Flag.

I read earlier that every scripted show isn't necessarily getting cancelled. Some may get folded under HBO. Fingers crossed.

My wife cancelled our HBOMax sub just a couple of days before this news was announced. I guess they really miss us.

Belle was pretty interesting. Didn't know anything about it going in. Basically, a shy country girl goes on the Internet and becomes a singing sensation while there - e.g. becomes what she can't in the real world. It's big on the social media influencers and anonymity angle and how toxic both those things can be. But surprisingly the movie changes about a third of the way in to become the Beauty & The Beast storyline (e.g. the title reference). For me the film took a dive when this happened. But by the end it won me over.

The animation is pretty good outside of the Internet stuff. Inside its a mixed bag. There's some jaw dropping visuals but equally there's plenty of scenes where everything looks too simplistic.

I would give it a recommendation to check it out.

Also watching Game of Thrones again. They recently re-did it in 4k, HDR, Dolby Vision, Atmos, the works. It looks pretty fantastic in 4k. I haven't seen the first few seasons in quite a few years. Forgot how good that first season was.