This August on HBO Canada: SHOW ME A HERO, the HBO Miniseries From David Simon and Paul Haggis, Debuts; The Season Finales of TRUE DETECTIVE, BALLERS, and THE BRINK; and a New HBO Comedy Special Featuring Tig Notaro Premieres

— July 28, 2015

To tweet this alert: http://bmpr.ca/1fDoJGb ** Media Note ** – Download photos at https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/ Screeners available by request.  Below is a chronological listing of HBO Canada programming highlights for August. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit hbocanada.com to confirm local broadcast times). Sunday, Aug. 2 9 p.m. – TRUE DETECTIVE – Season 2, Episode 7 of 8 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/true-detective  10:06 p.m. – BALLERS – “Ends” Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) decides to take the hit for Vernon (Donovan Carter), but finds himself in even deeper trouble. Julie (Jazmyn Simon) and Bella (Anabelle Acosta) commiserate over their men, while Ricky (John David Washington) lashes out. Jason (Troy Garity) is unsettled by his mother’s new boyfriend. Spencer and Charles (Omar Miller) say goodbye to Rodney (LaRoyce Hawkins), and reflect on their love of the game. 10:33 p.m. – THE BRINK – “Sticky Wicket” Zeke (Pablo Schreiber) is challenged to a fight. En route to DC, Walter (Tim Robbins) fakes a medical emergency to force an unscheduled landing. With the American embassy on lockdown, Alex (Jack Black) plots an escape.  11:01 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver Monday, Aug. 3 9 p.m. – TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A – *Documentary Premiere* In the last 15 years the number of men in prison for life without parole has tripled, although violent crimes have declined throughout the U.S. From Alan and Susan Raymond (Oscar® and Emmy® winners for HBO’s I AM A PROMISE: THE CHILDREN OF STANTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL), this documentary captures the reality of America’s extreme sentencing policies at a California maximum security prison, exploring the severity of these sentences and how these inmates are aging in prison. Tuesday, Aug. 4 10 p.m. – BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS – *Documentary Premiere* In 2011, four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis is far from the public eye and struggling to pay his mortgage. Now, the openly gay, HIV-positive, world-class athlete returns to diving to mentor USA Olympic hopefuls. Friday, Aug. 7 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/ 11 p.m. – STRIKE BACK – Season 4, Episode 2 In the aftermath of the bomb at the British Embassy, Section 20 must find out who Ray McQueen (Max Beesley, SUITS) is really working for. They soon discover that they are going up against their deadliest foe ever.  Sunday, Aug. 9 9 p.m. – TRUE DETECTIVE – Season 2, Episode 8 of 8 – *Season Finale* Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/true-detective 10:30 p.m. – BALLERS – “Gaslighting” Spencer is forced to face up to his past to try to save Vernon, while Joe (Rob Corddry) makes a very permanent commitment to his future. Charles puts his football skills to work at the car dealership. Ricky shells out the big bucks to win back Bella. 11 p.m. – THE BRINK – “Who’s Grover Cleveland?” With tensions rising in Islamabad, Walter tries to convince the president to act with caution. On the aircraft carrier, Zeke must deal with the women in his life before he and his fellow pilots get new orders. Inside the Embassy, Alex tries to make amends with Rafiq (Aasif Mandvi) and Fareeda (Melanie Kannokada).  11:30p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver  Friday, Aug. 14 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/ 11 p.m. – STRIKE BACK – Season 4, Episode 3 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/strike-back/  Sunday, Aug. 16 8 p.m. SHOW ME A HERO – Parts 1 and 2 – *Premiere* Part 1: Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis) becomes the youngest big-city mayor in America, but at what cost? Even before he is inaugurated, the obligation to build public housing in the white neighbourhoods of Yonkers looms over his new administration. Part 2: All hell breaks loose as the Yonkers mayor and city council are given an ultimatum by a federal judge weary of further delay. Meanwhile, public housing residents trapped in the deteriorating projects of West Yonkers watch and wait as the white residents of East Yonkers make clear just how opposed they are. 10 p.m. – BALLERS – “Head-On” Spencer tries to make amends. Joe feels slighted when he’s overlooked at work. Charles gets some life-changing news. Bella challenges Ricky to grow up. Vernon goes MIA after learning some truths about Reggie (London Brown). 10:30 p.m. – THE BRINK – “Just a Little Crazy Talk” Walter tries to strike a deal with Zaman’s highest-ranking general. Zeke and Glenn (Eric Ladin) find a way to pass the time after being grounded. With Rafiq translating, Alex tries to figure out if and when he should initiate Walter’s “Plan B.”  11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver Friday, Aug. 21 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/ 11 p.m. – STRIKE BACK – Season 4, Episode 4 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/strike-back/ Saturday, Aug. 22 10 p.m. TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED – *Premiere* One of today’s most talked-about standup comedians headlines her first HBO special, featuring the Grammy® nominee in an all-new standup performance before a live audience. Among the topics Notaro covers are: performing and bombing in Las Vegas, taking her fiancée to meet her family in Mississippi, going through TSA screening, flying on small planes, searching for the perfect Santa Claus, laugh noises, and the fun of sending misleading texts to friends. Sunday, Aug. 23 8 p.m. SHOW ME A HERO – Parts 3 and 4 – *Premiere* Part 3: Mayor Wasicsko finally achieves some consensus and rams through a housing plan with a tough vote, and housing officials begin to plan to build the new townhomes. But even as they do, the political cost to Wasicsko becomes apparent. Part 4: A new mayor pledges to oppose the housing, even though it is never quite clear what he might be able to do in that regard. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicsko tries to reconcile himself to life out of power as construction of the townhomes begin. 10 p.m. – BALLERS – “Flamingos” – *Season Finale* Spencer faces a major decision when Joe tries to sell him on a new start. Ricky is confronted by his dad. Charles gets a second chance. Jason and Spencer look to talk sense into Vernon.  10:30 p.m. – THE BRINK – “There Will Be Consequences” – *Season Finale* With a global crisis looming, Zeke and Glenn once again find themselves in a compromised state. Walter tries to defuse the situation with various heads of state via videoconference; Alex attempts to connect with Zaman (Iqbal Theba) on a personal level. 11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver Friday, Aug. 28 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/ 11 p.m. – STRIKE BACK – Season 4, Episode 5 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/strike-back/ Sunday, Aug. 30 8 p.m. SHOW ME A HERO – Parts 5 and 6 – *Finale* Part 5: Armed with a growing recognition that he had fought on the side of angels in the battle over the housing, Nick Wasicsko plans his political comeback, while the residents for the new townhouses are screened and chosen. Part 6: A comprehensive orientation process awaits the incoming residents, and many have second thoughts about moving into neighbourhoods that don’t welcome them. At the same time, Mary Dorman (Catherine Keener, Capote), long a vocal opponent of the housing, is recruited to serve the incoming residents in a way that even she finds startling. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicsko begins the long road back to political viability, even as the residents take possession of their new townhomes. But in the end, a second act for the wounded young politician proves elusive.  

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