This March on HBO Canada: New HBO Documentaries; New Episodes of VINYL, GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, and REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER Continue; the new Canadian Original Comedy Special NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS; and More.

— February 29, 2016

  Below is a chronological listing of HBO Canada programming highlights for March. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit hbocanada.com to confirm local broadcast times). Friday, March 4 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 14, Episode 379 Journalist Raheel Raza is the top-of-show interview guest. Actress Sarah Silverman is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are Md. Rep. Donna Edwards, writer Matt Lewis, and radio host Ari Shapiro.  11 p.m. – VICE – Season 4, Episode 5 In developing countries around the world, diets are starting to look more like America’s, incorporating more and more beef and pork. Massive factory farms are springing up to supply that demand, but industrial meat operations produce more than just cheap T-bones – they also dish out enormous environmental harm. Isobel Yeung travels to the feedlots, farms and slaughterhouses where meat is made, to see the true costs of our burger habit. After VICE investigates water, the single most vital resource we have, but it's also one of the most threatened. Around the world, from the American West to China, South Asia, and the Middle East, water is simply disappearing. Vikram Gandhi reports from California’s once-abundant farmland and the heart of Sao Paulo's reservoir system to assess the depths of the crisis, and what can be done to reverse it. 11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – Season 1, Episode 5 A rat invents pants. A moth tries neon light for the first time. Two fish couples have a tense dinner.  Saturday, March 5 10 p.m. – HBO BOXING AFTER DARK The headlining bout features undefeated Cuban native Luis Ortiz risking his perfect record against veteran Tony Thompson in a heavyweight showdown set for 12 rounds. In the evening’s co-main event, a vacant welterweight championship is on the line when Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Sadam Ali takes on Las Vegas’ Jessie Vargas in a scheduled 12-round contest. Sunday, March 6 9 p.m. – VINYL – Season 1, Episode 4 In lieu of attending a funeral, Richie (Bobby Cannavale, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) takes out his anxieties on a couch during a marriage-counselling session with Devon (Olivia Wilde, DOLL & EM). Later, over the course of a chaotic day at the office, Richie courts funk superstar Hannibal (Daniel J. Watts, Freedom), agrees to record an original song on his upcoming Christmas LP, and gets fired up after an acrimonious meeting with Lester (Ato Essandoh , Blood Diamond). Meanwhile, Zak (Ray Romano, PARENTHOOD) and Scott (P.J. Byrne, Horrible Bosses) ruminate on their futures in the aftermath of the lost deal with German Polygram. On the verge of signing with American Century, Kip (James Jagger, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and the Nasty Bits enlist a new manager to work out a favourable deal with Richie.  10 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 5, Episode 3 Thriving at her new job in Japan, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, The Kids Are All Right) flirts with the boss, but reminds her work friends that she has a “kind of” boyfriend back in America. Hannah (Lena Dunham) makes a shocking discovery on Fran’s (Jake Lacy, THE OFFICE) phone and struggles with how to react. After viewing Adam’s (Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VIII) performance on a TV police procedural, Jessa (Jemima Kirke, Tiny Furniture) shares her insights into his character.  10:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 2, Episode 3 Brett (Mark Duplass, THE LEAGUE) and Alex (Steve Zissis, Jeff , Who Lives at Home) get out of town, while Michelle (Melanie Lynskey, TWO AND A HALF MEN) and Tina (Amanda Peet, 2012) juggle the kids, and Christy (Ginger Gonzaga, Ted). 11: 10 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 3, Episode 63 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver  Monday, March 7 9 p.m. – A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS – *Documentary Premiere* This documentary follows the story of Saba, a courageous 18-year-old Pakistani woman who is condemned to death for falling in love, but lives to tell the tale. Oscar®-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (SAVING FACE) follows this gripping tale as it unfolds, revealing some of the complex forces at work in a country where more than 1000 women are killed in the name of “honour” every year.  Friday, March 11 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 14, Episode 380 Author Jane Mayer is the top-of-show interview guest. Author Maria Konnikova is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are political analyst Bill Kristol, journalist Monica Mehta, and editor Sam Stein.  11 p.m. – VICE – Season 4, Episode 6 Last year, Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a massive military campaign that overthrew the Yemeni government and sent the Arabian Peninsula into turmoil. Now, Saudi Arabia – nervous about the insurrection near its southern border – is trying to push the Houthis back with a ruthless bombing campaign. Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, where he reported to witness one of the world’s most bloody and underreported conflicts. Then VICE investigates how, in many American states, it is still legally acceptable to refuse services, housing, or employment to people because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Gianna Toboni meets some of the families who are navigating this new landscape, and hears from supporters of religious freedom laws, as VICE explores where the battle for equal rights heads from here. 11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – Season 1, Episode 6 Pigeon Phil runs into trouble after he’s reunited with the dad who abandoned him, while pigeon Mike struggles to encourage his son to be a seagull scout. Two turtles come to blows over the love of a mechanical frog, while a skunk learns the unfortunate truth about his date’s past. Saturday, March 12 9 p.m. – LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL – *Special Presentation* Tony®, Grammy®, and Emmy®-winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to the small screen. The exclusive presentation was filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans and features McDonald in her history-making, tour-de-force performance as the jazz icon. LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL tells Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”. Directed Lonny Price, who also directed the Broadway production.  Sunday, March 13 9 p.m. – VINYL – Season 1, Episode 5 Richie visits a close relative in order to leverage a favour to his advantage. Devon agrees to join Richie for dinner with Hannibal and Cece (Susan Heyward, Mother of George), playing up the vixen role to keep one of her husband’s biggest clients signed. Kip faces a tough dilemma in the wake of the Nasty Bits’ recent signing: fire one of his bandmates or lose a prime gig opening for the New York Dolls. Desperate to shore up PR at American Century, Richie tries to recruit Andrea Zito (Annie Parisse THE FOLLOWING), a former employee and flame who now works for Jackie Jervis (Ken Marino, AGENT CARTER).  10 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 5, Episode 4 Hannah and Fran disagree about their teaching methods. Marnie (Allison Williams, PETER PAN LIVE!) fumes over Desi’s (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, THE LAST SHIP) decision to launch a major construction project in their studio. Jessa pushes Hannah away over an awkward rice-pudding meetup. Elijah (Andrew Rannells, THE NEW NORMAL) gets closer with Dill Harcourt (Corey Stoll, Ant-Man). 10:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 2, Episode 4 Brett and Alex throw themselves into a new passion project. Michelle bonds with Anna (Katie Aselton, THE LEAGUE), a new ally in her charter school project. Alex is disappointed by major changes at work and is confronted by a slighted Christy. Tina gets a crash course in parenting.  11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 3, Episode 64 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver  Monday, March 14 10 p.m. – EBOLA – *Documentary Premiere* Follows the story of Abu, a 12-year-old boy from a village in Sierra Leone who loses eight members of his family and must restart his life elsewhere. Friday, March 18 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 14, Episode 381 Journalist Michael Ware is the top-of-show interview guest. Musician Esperanza Spalding is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are social justice advocate Sister Simone Campbell, former Mass. Rep. Barney Frank, and political strategist Rick Wilson.  11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – Season 1, Episode 7 Two flies experience the highs and lows of life – finding success, failure, love, and loss over the course of just a few hours. A self-conscious carriage horse is encouraged to “let it out” by a peer. Bodega-dwelling cats rap. Saturday, March 19 9 p.m. – NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS – *Comedy Special* Produced in partnership with Just For Laughs Television and The Movie Network, Tony award-winning actor, comedian, TV star, and magician Neil Patrick Harris adds ‘ringmaster’ to his resume. Filmed at the 2015 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the 75-minute special also features gravity-defying acrobat Hugo Desmarais; the incredible beatboxing Beardyman; juggling sensation Nicolas Fortin; Australian puppet-human comedy duo Sammy J & Randy; comedian Brad Williams; sword-swallower Brett Loudermilk; cabaret superstar Bridget Everett; mysterious magician Ed Alonzo; and towering circus clown and singer extraordinaire Puddles Pity Party.  Sunday, March 20 9 p.m. – VINYL – Season 1, Episode 6 Devon seeks refuge at the Chelsea Hotel with Ingrid (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Pitch Perfect 2), a friend from her Warhol days. Meanwhile, Richie falls into a deeper well of drugs and depravity, enabled by Ingrid’s nihilistic boyfriend, Ernst (Carrington Vilmont, ROYAL PAINS). Andrea Zito rejoins American Century and immediately outlines her plans to revive the label. Kip follows an unlikely path towards recruiting Alex (Val Emmich, Fighting Fish), a new lead guitarist for the Nasty Bits. Zak allows his raw emotions to surface at the end of his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.  10 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 5, Episode 5 Hannah and her mom embark on a female-empowerment retreat, where Loreen (Becky Ann Baker, FREAKS AND GEEKS) hopes for clarity on her situation with Tad (Peter Scolari, GOTHAM), and Hannah relishes some time away from Fran.  In Tokyo, Shoshanna enjoys her budding romance with Yoshi (Hiro Mizushima, HEROES REBORN), and gets a surprise visitor from the U.S. Jessa meets up with her sister Minerva (Marianna Palka, Neds) and asks for a favor.  10:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 2, Episode 5 Brett struggles with the challenges and unexpected perks of a new side gig.  Tina and Larry (Peter Gallagher, COVERT AFFAIRS) discuss life goals.  Alex bristles over an unstable new director but warms to him and finds they have common ground. Anna proves herself indispensable to Michelle. 11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 3, Episode 65 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada/last-week-tonight-john-oliver  Monday, March 21 9 p.m. – EVERYTHING IS COPY  - NORA EPHRON: SCRIPTED & UNSCRIPTED – *Documentary Premiere* An illuminating and candid portrait of Nora Ephron, the writer and screenwriter-director known for her biting honesty and intelligent humour. Written and directed by her son, Jacob Bernstein, the documentary explores the line between professional ambition and personal loyalties, and features intimate interviews with some of those closest to her, including her three sisters, as well as Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Steven Spielberg, and Meryl Streep.  Friday, March 25 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 14, Episode 382 N.J. Sen. Cory Booker is the top-of-show interview guest. Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are foreign affairs expert Ian Bremmer, former Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and commentator Reihan Salam. 11 p.m. – VICE - Season 4, Episode 7 Israel and the Palestinian people have been locked in a cycle of violence for generations. But now, young people in the West Bank are growing so disillusioned with the status quo that they’re turning their backs on their own government. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reports from Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and East Jerusalem to explore what life is like for young Palestinians today. After, VICE looks at President Obama's visit to Cuba. With this visit, he became the first sitting American president in 88 years to visit Cuba. His trip is part of a campaign to prove that engagement with longtime adversaries is effective in renewing dialogue and promoting change. Shane Smith visits the 2015 Summit of the Americas to see the political thawing of relationships between Cuba and the United States, and then travels to Havana, Cuba to speak to Cubans about how music and culture are helping bridge the divide between two former enemies.  11:30 p.m. – ANIMALS – Season 1, Episode 8 After their home collapses, two young squirrel brothers find their survival skills tested on a journey through a tree trunk towards freedom, meeting rodent friends and foes along the way. A snake and her mouse prey face off. Puppies at a pet store settle a turf war. Saturday, March 26 9:45 p.m. – HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Terence Crawford, 2014’s Fighter of the Year, defends his junior welterweight title and unblemished record against veteran Hank Lundy in a scheduled 12-round contest. In the evening’s co-main event, undefeated lightweights square off as Felix Verdejo of San Juan, Puerto Rico, takes on William Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in a scheduled 10-round affair. Sunday, March 27 9 p.m. – VINYL – Season 1, Episode 7 Looking to raise cash for his label, a newly sober Richie flies to LA with Zak, hoping to sell the company jet to Lou Meshejian (John Ventimiglia, THE SOPRANOS), a rival record exec. After attending a beachfront party teeming with many of Lou’s music clients, Richie and Zak head to Las Vegas in hopes of somehow convincing Elvis Presley (Shawn Klush, Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story) and his manager, Colonel Parker (Gene Jones, No Country for Old Men), that the King should ditch his label and sign with American Century. The detour includes a steamy encounter in which Zak’s fantasies come true, at a price.  10 p.m. – GIRLS – Season 5, Episode 6 Needing space after a fight with Desi, Marnie goes for a walk and has an unexpected run-in with someone from her past.  10:30 p.m. – TOGETHERNESS – Season 2, Episode 6 Alex recruits an unwanted face from Brett’s past to help with their project, and later, considers a career choice. Tina becomes more proactive in trying to get what she wants. At a fundraiser for the school, Michelle challenges Anna.

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