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- Comedy series DOLL & EM, written by and starring real-life best friends Emily Mortimer (THE NEWSROOM) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary) airs its Season 1 finale Wednesday, April 2 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 10 p.m. ET
- Canadian Comedian Jon Dore wraps up FUNNY AS HELL with its season 4 finale Friday, April 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET
- Canadian documentary, WHO THE F**K IS ARTHUR FOGEL examines Canadian music promoter Arthur Fogel’s impact in the live music world, Saturday, April 5 at 9 p.m. ET
- Highly anticipated Season 4 debut of HBO’s Emmy-and Golden Globe® Award-winning series GAME OF THRONES premieres Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET
- HBO’s new original comedy series SILICON VALLEY premieres Sunday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of VEEP, starring Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT
- HBO presents a new boxing program FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY hosted by four time Sports Emmy Award-winner Jim Lampley (ON FREDDIE ROACH), Saturday, April 19 at 12:15 p.m. ET followed by HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 12:45 p.m. ET
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Below is a chronological listing of HBO Canada programming highlights for April. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit hbocanada.com to confirm local broadcast times).
Wednesday, April 2
10 p.m. – DOLL & EM – Season 1, Episode 5 of 6
As production winds down on her film, Em (Emily Mortimer) undergoes prosthetic makeup to make her look older, adding to her insecurities. Visiting the set to talk to Doll (Dolly Wells) about becoming his new assistant, Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven Trilogy,) is surprised when she tells him she’s leaving for London to do a screen test – for a role that Em failed to land. The revelation drives a stake between the two friends, who part ways after an emotional confrontation.
10:30 p.m. – DOLL & EM – Season 6 – *Season Finale*
Returning to London for the holidays with her husband and kids, Em has an unsettling encounter with Doll, still working as a waitress after failing to win the role she’d coveted. Pained by their continued estrangement, Em learns that Doll is acting in a local performance of The Tempest and decides to attend, hoping to put the L.A. disaster behind them and reconcile.
Friday, April 4
9: 30 p.m. – FUNNY AS HELL – Season 4, Episode 8 – *Season Finale*
In the Season 4 finale, Canadian Jon Dore hosts comedians John Ramsey (The Shooter: A Breaking News Story), Rob Delaney (BURNING LOVE), and Aries Spears (MAD TV).
10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 12, Episode 11 of 35
Bill Maher hosts HBO's award-winning comedy/talk series, REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, featuring an opening monologue, "roundtable" discussions with Maher, a guest forum, segments with other special guests appearing in the studio or via satellite, special taped segments, and Maher's "New Rules" finale exposing society's most absurd habits or institutions.
11 p.m. – VICE – Season 2, Episode 3 of 12
The ongoing civil war in Syria has been covered extensively in the media, with the Free Syrian Army, Bashar al-Assad’s forces, and the myriad of jihadi groups dominating the headlines. Meanwhile, one ethnic group, the Kurds, goes largely unmentioned as it tries to carve out its own state in the four countries where its people live: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Thomas Morton goes to the frontline of the battle for a Kurdish state to follow the story of this forgotten group.
Saturday, April 5
9 p.m. – WHO THE F*** IS ARTHUR FOGEL (2013) – *Canadian Feature Film Premiere*
WHO THE F**K IS ARTHUR FOGEL is a documentary chronicling the life of Arthur Fogel, a Canadian music promoter, and his rise in the concert business. Featuring interviews, performances, and appearances by U2, Madonna, The Police, Lady Gaga, Rush, and more.
Sunday, April 6
9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 4, Episode 1 of 10 – *Season 4 Premiere*
In Season 4 of GAME OF THRONES, after the Stark and Tully families are besieged, the Lannisters hold on to the Iron Throne but can they survive with new and ongoing threats from the north, south, and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) wedding to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s (Ciarán Hinds) army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.
10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – Season 1, Episode 1 of 8 – *Series Premiere*
In the premiere episode of SILICON VALLEY, after a failed pitch to billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch, The Master), Richard seems destined to remain at his job at the tech company Hooli, founded by the megalomaniacal Gavin Belson (guest star Matt Ross, HBO’s BIG LOVE). When Monica (Amanda Crew, Jobs), Gregory’s head of operations, and Jared (Zach Woods, In the Loop), a Hooli executive, realize the value of the site’s compression algorithm, a bidding war erupts between Belson and Gregory, with Richard caught in the middle.
10:30 p.m. – VEEP – Season 3, Episode 1 of 10 – *Season Premiere*
In Season 3, Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, SEINFELD) and her staff head off to meet America in Detroit, and Silicon Valley, CA, participate on a drug bust with the Maryland Coast Guard, and fly to London, U.K. to confer with heads of state. Meanwhile, as Dan (Reid Scott) and Amy (Anna Chlumsky) battle for the role of campaign manager, everyone helps Meyer define who she is and where she stands on gas fracking, education, reproductive rights, and her hairstyle. With all of America now watching her and her team, even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
Friday, April 11
10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 12, Episode 12 of 35
Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit BellMediaPR.ca/HBO-Canada.
11 p.m. – VICE – Season 2, Episode 4 of 12
In the throes of a crippling, violent insurgency, Dagestan is Russia’s hotbed for Muslim extremism, and its jihadists have been behind many high-profile terrorist plots around the world. Shane Smith heads to Dagestan to follow in terrorists’ footsteps.
Saturday, April 12
9 p.m. – COTTAGE COUNTRY (2013) – *Premiere*
Todd (Tyler Labine, ANIMAL PRACTICE) wants everything to be just perfect at the family cottage where he plans to propose to Cammie (Malin Akerman, TROPHY WIFE), but things go awry with the arrival of his slacker brother (Dan Petronijevic, 19-2).
Sunday, April 13
9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 4, Episode 2 of 10
Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand. Joffrey and Margaery host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees where they must go.
10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – Season 1, Episode 2 of 8
After a celebratory party at the Hacker Hostel, Richard and Erlich learn that Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch, Lincoln) won’t pay up until they deliver a viable business plan – one that includes a slimmed-downed staff. While Gilfoyle and Dinesh prove themselves essential, Big Head’s place in the company is less certain.
10:30 p.m. – VEEP – Season 3, Episode 2 of 10
After a quick visit to their new campaign HQ, Selina and her team go on a ride-along with the Coast Guard, where they learn the President has flipped on a major issue – which makes Selina re-examine her stance. Meanwhile, Gary (Tony Hale) questions his role with the Veep, and Jonah’s (Timothy Simons) new political blog causes trouble.
Friday, April 18
9 p.m. – RUFUS (2012) – *Canadian Feature Film Premiere*
Rufus (Rory J. Saper) is a shy and lonely boy determined to make a new start, but he has one problem: he likes the taste of blood.
11 p.m. – VICE – Season 2, Episode 5 of 12
Saturday, April 19
12:15 a.m. – FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY – *Premiere*
HBO presents a new boxing program hosted by four-time Sports Emmy Award-winner Jim Lampley.
12:45 p.m. – HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
HBO World Championship Boxing presents a championship showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Mike Alvarado.
Sunday, April 20
9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 4, Episode 3 of 10
Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch. Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.
10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – Season 1, Episode 3 of 8
While Gavin Belson begins to hype “Nucleus,” a competing compression platform, Richard learns that the name “Pied Piper” is already registered to a sprinkler company, forcing him to negotiate. Meanwhile, Erlich goes on a vision quest to think up a new company name, and Peter Gregory proves elusive when asked for money by one of his companies.
10:30 p.m. – VEEP – Season 3, Episode 3 of 10
While Selina and her staff prepare for an Annapolis, M.D. event where she will announce her candidacy, Dan (Reid Scott) gets word that SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has done a not-so-flattering sketch on the Veep.
Friday, April 25
10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 12, Episode 13 of 35
Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit BellMediaPR.ca/HBO-Canada.
11 p.m. – VICE – Season 2, Episode 6 Of 12
Sunday, April 27
9 p.m. – GAME OF THRONES – Season 4, Episode 4 of 10
Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honour. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick), and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter.
10 p.m. – SILICON VALLEY – Season 1, Episode 4 of 8
At a toga party thrown by Peter, Richard drunkenly promises to make Erlich a board-member – a decision he regrets the next morning. After being unassigned at Hooli, Big Head finds others like him who have made careers out of doing nothing. Richard struggles to put Pied Piper’s vision into words for a presentation, and later, he discovers an interesting connection between Peter and Gavin Belson.
10:30 p.m. – VEEP – Season 3, Episode 4 of 10
On a fundraising trip in Silicon Valley, CA, Selina is challenged by an anti-fracking mom and visits the campus of Clovis, a tech company with a young, ambitious CEO. Back in D.C., Jonah makes a crude viral video of the Selina/mom encounter, and Dan, with Ben’s (Kevin Dunn, HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE) help, gets an idea for a rumour he can spread against Chung (Randall Park, The Five-Year Engagement).
Monday, April 28
9 p.m. – ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE (2013) – *Premiere*
ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE is a documentary painting a biographical portrait of former Texas Democratic Governor Ann Richards: a liberal who rose to power in a conservative state, effecting sweeping state reforms while becoming a beloved national icon.
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