This February, the Premiere of HBO’s New Documentary Series THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST and John Oliver Returns, Only on HBO Canada
— January 30, 2015
• From Oscar® nominees Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling (Capturing the Friedmans) new six-part HBO documentary series THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST premieres Sunday, Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET
• Funny man John Oliver is back for Season 2 of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, Sunday, Feb. 8 at 11 p.m. ET
• In the season finale of SPORTS ON FIRE, four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski, gold medalist and Tour de France cyclist Tyler Hamilton, and Olympic Gold medalist Mark Spitz, discuss performance enhancing drugs in sport, Friday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. ET
• New episodes of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER and BANSHEE continue on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET, respectively
• Comedy Sundays continue with new episodes of GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS, and LOOKING
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Below is a chronological listing of HBO Canada programming highlights for February. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit hbocanada.com to confirm local broadcast times).
Sunday, Feb. 1
*GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS and LOOKING on hiatus. All three series return with new episodes on Sunday, Feb. 8*Friday, Feb. 6
9 p.m. – SPORTS ON FIRE – Episode 5 of 6
The fifth episode takes a glance in the rear view mirror at how Southern bootleggers, trapped in Depression poverty, raced away from federal agents to become the first competitors in professional stock car racing. This whiskey-laced reality led to the birth of NASCAR – an intoxicating truth NASCAR has often glossed over. Talking to legendary drivers, crew members, car owners, and historians of the sport, SPORTS ON FIRE digs up the tangled roots, lays them bare, and asks what modern NASCAR has lost by minimizing its insanely colourful past.
10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13
Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit BellMediaPR.ca/HBO-Canada.11 p.m. – BANSHEE – Season 3, Episode 5 of 10
All hell breaks loose as Chayton (Geno Segers) and an army of Redbones invade Banshee, looking to avenge the Tommy’s death at the hands of Raven (Chaske Spencer), the Kinaho tribesman-turned-deputy. Holed up in the Cadi with Lucas (Antony Starr) and his deputies, Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) is frustrated by his inability to attend to his ailing mother at home. As the assault reaches a fever pitch, Bunker (Tom Pelphrey) tries to prove to Medding (Afton Williamson) that he’s not the man he used to be.
Sunday, Feb. 8
9 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 4, Episode 4 of 10
Hannah (Lena Dunham) is confronted by her classmates after leaving a non-apology apology letter in their cubbies. After being rejected at yet another job interview, a frustrated Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, MAD MEN) spends a day with Ray (Alex Karpovsky, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS). Creative and romantic tensions between Marnie (Allison Williams, PETER PAN LIVE!) and Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lola Versus) reach a breaking point.
9:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 1, Episode 4 of 8
Alex (Steve Zissis, Jeff, Who Lives at Home) and Tina (Amanda Peet, (The Way, Way Back)) fly back to Houston to pack up her things. During a night of drinks and dancing, Tina finds herself unexpectedly jealous of Alex. Back in L.A., Brett (Mark Duplass, THE LEAGUE) whisks Michelle (Melanie Lynskey, TWO AND A HALF MEN) away for some much-needed intimacy.
10 p.m. – THE JINX: LIFE & DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST – Episode 1 of 6 – *Series Premiere*
2001: A dismembered corpse is found floating in trash bags in Galveston Bay, Texas. Police trace the body back to a grisly crime scene, and arrest Robert Durst for the murder of his neighbor, Morris Black. Durst, scion of New York’s billionaire real estate family, makes bail and goes on the run. After months of eluding authorities, he is arrested again and assembles a dream team of lawyers to prepare his defense in the extraordinary case.
2012: Filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling are preparing for the theatrical release of the feature film “All Good Things,” starring Ryan Gosling, about the life of Robert Durst. Shortly before the premiere, Jarecki is contacted out of the blue by the reclusive Durst, who asks to see the movie. After seeing the film, Durst – who has never spoken publicly about his life or the crimes of which he’s been accused – expresses his willingness to sit down with Jarecki for an extended interview.
Introduced along the way are Durst’s second wife, the inimitable Debrah Lee Charatan, and his brother, Douglas, with whom he has a lifelong rivalry.
11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT JOHN OLIVER – *Season 2 Premiere*11:30 p.m. – LOOKING – Season 2, Episode 4 of 8
As he tests the waters with Richie (Raúl Castillo, Bless Me, Ultima) to see if they can still be friends, Patrick (Jonathan Groff, HBO’s THE NORMAL HEART) starts questioning his relationship with Kevin (Russell Tovey, The History Boys) after spotting him at the farmers’ market. Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez, SMASH) gets inspiration from spending a day at the shelter with Eddie (Daniel Franzese); Doris (Lauren Weedman) helps Dom (Murray Bartlett, August) set up a Kickstarter campaign; later Dom is greeted by an unexpected guest at Lynn’s (Scott Bakula, HBO’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA).
Friday, Feb. 13
9 p.m. – SPORTS ON FIRE – Episode 6 of 6 – *Finale*
With candid and emotional insights from four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski, gold medalist and Tour de France cyclist Tyler Hamilton, and Olympic Gold medalist Mark Spitz, and other experts in the field, this episode reveals the complexity, hysteria, and hypocrisy of performance enhancing drugs in sport. With PEDs providing undeniable financial rewards and quicker recovery times in an environment that constantly demands excellence, not to mention a drug-testing system often a step behind the cheaters, the question remains: How should performance enhancing drugs be dealt with in the world of professional sports?
10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13
Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit BellMediaPR.ca/HBO-Canada.11 p.m. – BANSHEE – Season 3, Episode 6 of 10
Reduced to the status of observer as the FBI plans a raid on the Redbone wilderness compound, Lucas decides to take matters into his own hands in his pursuit of Chayton. Still stung by Proctor’s rebuke over her initiative in dealing with the Black Beards, Rebecca (Lili Simmons) is further chagrined to learn of her uncle’s burgeoning romance with Emily (Tanya Clarke), Brock’s ex and Leah’s (Jennifer Griffin) caregiver. Deva (Ryann Shane) is drawn to a handsome stranger.
Saturday, Feb. 14
9:45 p.m. – ROSIE O’DONNELL: A HEARTFELT STANDUP *Special*
Featuring O’Donnell in a hybrid form of standup comedy, inspired by her recent near-fatal heart attack. In a comic and touching performance, she shares her experience with heart disease, the leading cause of death among American women, and explores topics ranging from the challenges of raising five children to her obsession with Barbra Streisand. O’Donnell’s return to the stage is an honest, hilarious and intimate take on life. Directed by Dan Chaykin.
Sunday, Feb. 15
9 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 4, Episode 5 of 10
Friends try to help Hannah through a crisis; Hannah and Adam (Adam Driver, This Is Where I Leave You) have an honest conversation about their relationship.
9:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 1, Episode 5 of 8
After an intense therapy session, Michelle organizes a day of fun with old friends, despite Brett’s lack of enthusiasm. When a group of hipsters looks to sour their plans, Michelle challenges them to a brutal game of “kick the can”.
10 p.m. – THE JINX: LIFE & DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST – Episode 2 of 6
2013: Durst’s interview with Jarecki begins with his childhood, when he witnessed his mother’s suicide. His father, Seymour – distant and cold, obsessed with building the Durst Organization into a real-estate behemoth and leaving his mark on the Manhattan skyline – pressures young Robert to join the family business. Durst describes his disinterest in following in his father’s footsteps, and recalls meeting Kathie McCormack, a beautiful girl from a modest background. The couple fall in love and move to Vermont, where they lead a simple life and run a health-food store called All Good Things. But not long after, Seymour prevails and Robert returns to New York to take his place at the powerful Durst Organization.
1982: Robert and Kathie have been married for nearly ten years, during which they have moved from their idyllic life in Vermont back to New York City. They divide their time between a penthouse apartment on Riverside Drive, and an upstate house on picturesque Lake Truesdale, 50 miles north of Manhattan. After a weekend at the lake house, Durst walks into the 20th Precinct and tells desk sergeant Michael Struk that he hasn’t seen his wife in five days. He says that when he last saw her, he was putting her on a train in Katonah to return to NYC for medical school classes. The details of their last weekend together are a subject of much controversy by those who know the couple. Believing Robert knows more about Kathie’s fate than he is letting on, her family and friends embark on a hunt for the truth.
11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT JOHN OLIVER – Season 211:30 p.m. – LOOKING – Season 2, Episode 5 of 8
On an excursion to San Leandro, Patrick gets to see where Richie grew up, and finally has a chance to apologize for the way things ended. Agustín decides to pay a visit to Eddie after hearing he’s sick at home. Meanwhile, wrought over the situation with Patrick, Kevin considers what to do next.
Friday, Feb. 20
10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13
Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit BellMediaPR.ca/HBO-Canada.11 p.m. – BANSHEE – Season 3, Episode 7 of 10
Despite Job’s (Hoon Lee) reservations, Lucas and his team pull off a daring heist at Camp Genoa. Lucas and Chayton are haunted by their recent deadly encounter. Calling a truce, Gordon (Rus Blackwell) and Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) attempt an unusual intervention with Deva. Unbeknownst to her uncle, Rebecca heads to Philly to work out a deal with a spurned Proctor client.
Sunday, Feb. 22
9 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 4, Episode 6 of 10
Soul-searching leads Hannah to an epiphany. Meanwhile, another disastrous interview for Shoshanna ends in a positive; Ray attempts to solve his neighbourhood noise issue at a community board meeting; Marnie and Desi disagree on how to define their sound; Adam is shocked by a revelation.
9:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 1, Episode 6 of 8
During a morning hike, Brett meets Linda (Mary Steenburgen, JOAN OF ARCADIA), a new-age believer who encourages him to get in touch with himself. Tina tries to make up with Alex by getting him an audition; Michelle helps David (John Ortiz, HBO’s LUCK) with the charter school; Brett takes a stand at work and opens up about his feelings.
10 p.m. – THE JINX: LIFE & DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST – Episode 3 of 6
2000: Susan Berman was the daughter of a famous Las Vegas mobster, Davey “The Jew” Berman, who was a partner with “Bugsy” Siegel in The Flamingo Hotel. Robert Durst’s closest friend since they attended UCLA together, she had a mobster’s mentality and matching code of ethics; people said she would do anything for a friend. Since Kathie Durst’s disappearance two decades earlier, Robert Durst had been the subject of media and public scrutiny, and she had become his spokesperson to the media. Some say that Robert and Susan kept each other’s secrets, and that if anyone knew what happened to Kathie, it would be Susan.
When a random tip leads ambitious Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro to re-open the investigation into the disappearance of Kathie Durst, her investigators focus on Susan Berman, a witness the police had overlooked back in 1982. But before the police are able to speak with her, Susan is found murdered – shot in the back of the head, execution-style. With no sign of struggle at the crime scene, police surmise her killer is likely someone who knew her well. Reviewing potential suspects, the police are unable to make a clear connection that links Robert to Susan’s death. Meanwhile, Robert reaches out and befriends his dead friend’s family, including her adopted son, Sareb.
Late 2000: With stories of the Los Angeles murder of Susan Berman receding, Robert Durst is suddenly back in the news when he is arrested in Galveston, Texas for the death of his neighbor Morris Black, whose dismembered body was found in the bay.
11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT JOHN OLIVER – Season 211:30 p.m. – LOOKING – Season 2, Episode 6 of 8
Patrick decides to be a “fun gay” by throwing a Halloween party, dressing up as his favourite video-game character. Agustín suggests that Eddie stay over after the party, but Eddie doesn’t want to move too fast. Forgoing her usual joint costume with Dom, Doris agrees to a couples costume with Malik (Bashir Salahuddin, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON), though she’s hesitant to define their relationship. Eddie brings a friend to the party for Patrick, who’s distracted by Richie and his new beau, Brady (Chris Perfetti, CROSSBONES).
Friday, Feb. 2710 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 – *Hiatus*11 p.m. – BANSHEE – Season 3, Episode 8 of 10
Lucas and Brock (Matt Servitto) head to Louisiana and the infamous Underground fight club in search of Chayton. Stowe (Langley Kirkwood) pieces together details about the Camp Genoa heist, and who might be responsible. Burton’s (Matthew Rauch) torment turns to resolve; Sugar (Frankie Faison) looks to repay an old boxing debt; Rebecca’s initiatives put Proctor and Emily in harm’s way.
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