There are about a million reasons to watch HBO and Cinemax this weekend, and choosing just five is no easy task, but we’ll do our best.
1. Get Left Behind with The Leftovers on HBO
Justin Theroux leads an all-star cast for the second season of The Leftovers, co-created by Lost show runner Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, exploring his best-selling novel of the same name. When 2% of the world’s population vanishes without a trace, the rest of the world is left to pick up the pieces, especially Mapleton, a small East Texas town inexplicably spared from the unexpected rapture.
Catch The Leftovers Sunday at 9/8c central on HBO.
2. Macabre Medicine Was Never More fun in The Knick on Cinemax
Clive Owen leads the second season of this grizzly original as Dr. John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon slash cocaine-injector slash opium den-frequenter. Created by acclaimed film director Steven Soderbergh, The Knick explores the world of the Knickerbocker, a New York City hospital battling an incredibly high mortality rate at the turn of the Twentieth Century.
Set your DVR for the season return of The Knick, tonight, Friday October 16, at 10/9c on Cinemax.
3. Amy Schumer Keeps It Real in Live at the Apollo
What a year this has been for comedienne Amy Schumer. Her razor-sharp wit and social commentary have kept her at the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist throughout 2015 thanks to her hit film Trainwreck, her ongoing Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, and her smart observations in the media—both social and traditional.
Her first HBO standup special, directed by Chris Rock and shot at the historic Apollo Theatre, is sure to be deliver her trademark cutting observations in spades.
Be sure to catch the raunchy, smart commentary in Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, Saturday October 17 at 10/9c on HBO.
4. Get An Insider’s Look in Project Greenlight on HBO
Project Greenlight returned to HBO on October 4 for its fourth season, ten years since its third. Executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are back to shepherd the proceedings, with Affleck calling this the show’s “riskiest season ever”. This season, the Farrelly Brothers mentor the development of a comedy, and Pete Jones, winner of Season One, returns to pitch in on the script.
Don’t miss Project Greenlight, Sunday at 10/9c on HBO.
5. Piles of Great Movies on HBO & Cinemax
With the wealth of great original series on HBO and Cinemax, it’s easy to forget what put the premium networks on the map—fantastic movies straight from the theatres. With titles like Focus, American Sniper, and Get On Up on HBO, and Divergent, Inherent Vice, and A Walk Among the Tombstones on Cinemax, there’s something for everyone this weekend. Not mention the wealth of documentaries such as Going Clear, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, and It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, on HBO.