A laugh a minute

movie & TV July 13, 2017 13:20

By The Nation

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There’s entertainment galore on HBO and Cinemax this month as comedy series “Ballers” and “Insecure” return to the small screen and a brand-new anthology series makes its debut.



“Ballers” season 3, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and “Insecure” season 2, starring Issa Rae, will premiere back-to-back on HBO on Monday, July 24 at 9am and 9.30am respectively, while the all-new half-hour anthology series from brothers, Jay and Mark Duplass, “Room 104,” will debut on Saturday, July 29 at 10.30am on Cinemax.

All series show at the same time as in the US with a same day primetime encore and can also be streamed on HBO Go via AIS Play and AIS Playbox.

In addition, for two weeks from July 26, the first new season episodes of “Ballers” and “Insecure” can be viewed for free online at HBO Asia’s website (hboasia.com) and HBO Asia’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/HBOAsia) across 18 Asian territories including Thailand.

“Ballers” explores the glamorous, and often cut-throat world of pro football, as seen through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game. In this 10-episode season, in an ever-changing business where the shelf life for stardom and multi-million-dollar contracts are oh-so-short, Spencer Strasmore (“The Rock”) is intent on proving that the key to successful sports management isn’t just about making money and having fun – it’s about delivering on the promises you make.

“Insecure” follows best friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) on their quest to “have it all,” dealing with work woes, romantic escapades and awkward moments along the way. This season picks up where the last one left off, with Issa embracing her chance to explore the single-girl life in the aftermath of her break-up with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), just as a challenging a new work assignment puts her burgeoning friendship with well-meaning colleague Frieda (Lisa Joyce) to the test.

“Room 104” tells assorted tales of the various characters who pass through a single room of an average American motel. Embracing the idea that “the banal” can be a most interesting place if you stop and take a look, each of the season’s episodes plays like a mini-movie and tells a different story. The room stays the same but everything else – the tone, the plot, the characters, even the time period – changes.