This February on HBO Canada: the Epic New HBO Drama VINYL; new Animated Series from the Duplass Brothers, ANIMALS; New Seasons of GIRLS, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, VICE, and TOGETHERNESS; and New HBO Documentaries

— February 1st, 2016

  • Viewers can rock on with highly anticipated drama, VINYL from Martin Scorsese Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10 p.m. ET
  • Lena Dunham’s edgy and insightful comedy GIRLS returns for its fifth season, Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET
  • Duplass brothers dramedy TOGETHERNESS returns for a second season, Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Also from the Duplass brothers, the irreverent animated comedy ANIMALS premieres, Friday, Feb. 5 at 11:30 p.m. ET
  • John Oliver is back with his weekly look at news, politics and current events when LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER returns, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 11 p.m. ET
  • Emmy-winning weekly news magazine series VICE returns for a fourth season, Friday, Feb. 5 at 11 p.m. ET
Below is a chronological listing of HBO Canada programming highlights for February. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit to confirm local broadcast times). Friday, Feb. 5 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 14, Episode 376 Feminist Gloria Steinem is the top-of-show interview guest. Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are humorist P.J. O’Rourke, TV host Alex Wagner, and political commentator Armstrong Williams.  11 p.m. – VICE *Season 4 Premiere* The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. Now, the government is determined to drive these militants from the country. Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what this cat-and-mouse game means for the people caught in the middle of the fight. In addition, VICE explores the ways scientists have been working to change the genetic traits of plants and animals. Now, the new gene-editing method CRISPR has made that process astonishingly simple — so simple it could easily be used on humans. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China, and the U.S. on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it. 11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – *Series Premiere* An uninitiated rat gets mating tips from his friend at a subterranean party. A pair of police horses complain about an old acquaintance who’s made it big. A bedbug has a midlife crisis. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, and produced by Jay and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Television (TOGETHERNESS). Monday, Feb. 8 9 p.m. – HOMEGROWN: THE COUNTER-TERROR DILEMMA *HBO Documentary Premiere* Friday, Feb. 12 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER - Season 14, Episode 377 Foreign correspondent Richard Engel is the top-of-show interview guest. Comedian Margaret Cho is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are journalist Josh Green, political analyst Ana Navarro and musician Michael Render (a.k.a. Killer Mike) 11 p.m. – VICE – Season 5, Episode 2 With the war in Syria now in its fifth bloody year, half the country’s population has been displaced, and four-million have fled. Many are heading to the safety and relative prosperity of Europe, but getting there is a long, life-threatening journey. New VICE correspondent Ahmed Shihab-Eldin follows the refugee trail from the Syrian border to Europe, meeting Syrians determined to find a better life. Then, VICE investigates the bloody ISIS attacks in Paris that stunned the world. As rumours circulated that one of the attackers may have posed as a Syrian migrant, politicians in Western countries, including the U.S., raced to declare their territory off-limits to refugees from countries like Syria and Iraq. Gianna Toboni travels to France and around the U.S. to see how the global reaction to the violence in Paris is affecting the fight against terrorism.  11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – Season 1, Episode 2 A naive male pigeon prepares himself for motherhood, while another is challenged by a New Jersey rival. One caterpillar’s metamorphosis is another’s lament. Sunday, Feb. 14 9 p.m. – VINYL *Two-Hour Series Premiere* Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), the founder and president of American Century Records, is trying to save his company and soul without destroying everyone in his path. With his passion for music and discovering talent gone by the wayside, and American Century on the precipice of being sold, he has a life-altering event that reignites his love of music, but severely damages his personal life.  11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – *Season 3 Premiere* Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit Friday, Feb. 19 11 p.m. – VICE – Season 5, Episode 3 When California enacted the End of Life Option Act amid fierce debate last October, the number of terminally ill Americans with the right to a doctor-assisted death effectively quadrupled. But in parts of Europe, euthanasia is also administered to people other than the terminally ill, including those with autism, depression, and personality disorders. VICE explores the moral, political, and personal questions raised by how and when we end our lives. 11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – Season 1, Episode 3 Two privileged feline siblings find their perfect day interrupted by a crafty alley cat. A goose who is bored with the monotony of his life sets off on his own, and attempts to bond with a flock of Central Park swans. Sunday, Feb. 21 9 p.m. – VINYL – Season 1, Episode 2 With German Polygram executives in town to complete the deal for American Century, Richie delivers a bombshell that shocks the prospective buyers, as well as his partners, Zak Yankovich (Ray Romano, PARENTHOOD), ACR’s head of promotions, and Skip Fontaine (J.C. MacKenzie, The Wolf of Wall Street), head of sales. In Greenwich, Devon (Olivia Wilde, Rush) ponders what to do about her husband, who broke his promise by going off the wagon. Back at American Century, Richie gives the A&R team a mandate to land a cutting-edge act or lose their jobs.  10 p.m. – GIRLS – *Season 5 Premiere* Marnie (Allison Williams, PETER PAN LIVE!) micromanages her upstate wedding to Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, DAMAGES) while trying to maintain the facade of the breezy bride, and tasks Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, The Kids Are All Right) with kicking out Fran (Jake Lacy, THE OFFICE), Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) date, so the girls can get ready. Banished to the boys’ den, Fran has an awkward moment with Adam (Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VIII). A dejected Ray (Alex Karpovsky, Tiny Furniture) steps in to help Desi with his wedding-day jitters.  10:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – *Season 2 Premiere* On the set of his new movie in New Orleans, Alex (Steve Zissis, Jeff Who Lives at Home) gets a surprise birthday visit. Written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. 11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 3, Episode 61 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit Monday, Feb. 22 9 p.m. – BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS – *HBO Documentary Premiere* Thursday, Feb. 25 7:30 p.m. – SAVING MY TOMORROW – *HBO Documentary Premiere* In this family series produced and directed by Amy Schatz (An Apology to Elephants), kids from around the country share their thoughts on a range of issues that threaten our environment, from endangered animals to climate change, while exploring stories with curators from the American Museum of Natural History about the plants, animals and ecosystems being affected by the changing earth. Through a lyrical mix of science, animation and music, SAVING MY TOMORROW urges children to take action, providing them with profiles of young activists who are trying to make a difference, while highlighting ways in which kids can do their part. Friday, Feb. 26 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 14, Episode 378 National security expert Gen. Michael Hayden is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor Mark Ruffalo is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are editor Joanna Coles, academic Michael Eric Dyson and author Fran Lebowitz.  11 p.m. – VICE – Season 5, Episode 4 Doctors and researchers are making incredible strides in the fight against blindness. New assistive technologies and advances in surgical techniques mean that many patients who've lost sight entirely can now regain visual perception, and the independence that comes with it, a process that can be as disorienting as it is freeing. Isobel Yeung reports from the front lines of this latest medical frontier. Then VICE investigates small-scale weed farmers who have been fighting to legalize marijuana for generations, but the closer they get to ending the prohibition on pot, the closer they get to a new threat: corporate takeover of their way of life. VICE's Hamilton Morris travels to California's infamous Emerald Triangle to meet struggling mom-and-pop growers, and visits the investors and entrepreneurs eager to cash in on the next big consumer market. 11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – Season 1, Episode 4 A Papillon is thrust into an unwelcoming dog park. A dog-walking group deals with an unexpected secret. Two dogs dissect their owners’ first date. Sunday, Feb. 21 9 p.m. – VINYL – Season 1, Episode 3 Maury and mob cohort Corrado Galasso (Armen Garo, The Departed) pay a visit to American Century to probe a detective’s recent inquiry, and Joe Corso (Bo Dietl, The Curve) drops by to pitch Richie a demo by his banquet date, Nora (Bianca Madison). Trying to find purpose in the suburbs, Devon turns to an old friend in hopes of raising funds to renovate a Greenwich barn that could house a displaced Russian ballet company. Approaching Lester (Ato Essandoh, Django Unchained) about releasing some of his old blues demos, Richie reopens old wounds instead. The revamped Nasty Bits fail to win over Richie, prompting Jamie (Juno Temple, Maleficent) to change up their set list.  10 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 5, Episode 2 In New York, an erratic roommate leads Fran to move in with Hannah. Later, Hannah gets an urgent call from her dad, who is trying to navigate a new type of dating. After a run-in at an AA meeting, Adam and Jessa (Jemima Kirke, Tiny Furniture) spend the day together. Ray fears that the new cafe across the street is hurting his business. Elijah (Andrew Rannells, THE NEW NORMAL) is hit on by a famous news anchor.  10:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 2, Episode 2 Michelle (Melanie Lynskey, TWO AND A HALF MEN) works on her plan to make the charter school idea a reality. At a welcome home party for Alex, Tina (Amanda Peet, A Lot Like Love) clashes with his new girlfriend, Christy (Ginger Gonzaga, Ted), while everyone else tries to defuse the situation. Written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass.  11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 3, Episode 62 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit

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