— September 1st, 2015

Program Alert – September 1, 2015
  • Comedy series DOLL & EM, a bittersweet, intimate portrait of female friendship, debuts its second season Sunday, 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • President Barack Obama’s historic visit To El Reno Prison is documented in VICE SPECIAL REPORT: PRISONS, airing Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET
  • The HBO original documentary SAN FRANCISCO 2.0 premieres Monday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET
** Media Note ** – Download photos at Screeners available by request.  Below is a chronological listing of HBO Canada programming highlights for September. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit to confirm local broadcast times). Sunday, Sept. 6 9 p.m. – GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF – *Documentary Premiere* Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney examines the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard, to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members, such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash, SHOW ME A HERO), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church. Friday, Sept. 11 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit 11 p.m. – STRIKE BACK – Season 4, Episode 6 In North Korea, Mei (Michelle Yeoh) – now embracing her real name, Li-Na – is tasked by her mentor, Moon Young-Su (Kwang-Hoon Na), to pry a confession out of Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) using Finn (Christian Antidormi) as leverage. Meanwhile, Locke (Reka Thalia Fekete) and Martinez (Milauna Jackson) recruit a familiar face in Russia to help get them into North Korea and attempt a dangerous rescue operation. Saturday, Sept. 12 10 p.m. – FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD – *Premiere* From Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, this one-hour comedy special covers Will Ferrell’s (THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING) one-of-a-kind day last March 12, when he took the field at 10 different positions for 10 different teams in five spring training games at Cactus League ballparks in Arizona. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer through the charity Cancer For College, Ferrell is also honouring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris, who on Sept. 8, 1965 in only his second major league season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels. Sunday, Sept. 13 10 p.m. – PROJECT GREENLIGHT – Season 4, Episode 1 – *Season Premiere* The documentary series chronicling the search for a first-time director and exploring the filmmaking process, returns to HBO for its eight-episode fourth season. In the premiere episode, 13 finalists arrive in Los Angeles to meet with the PROJECT GREENLIGHT judges – Ben Affleck (Gone Girl), Matt Damon (The Martian), executive Jennifer Todd (Alice in Wonderland), producer Marc Joubert (Feast), producer Effie Brown (EPIC MEAL EMPIRE), HBO’s Len Amato (Blood Diamond), and the Farrelly brothers (Dumb and Dumber To). As the judges discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each contestant’s final project, they also debate the importance of artistic vision versus the collaborative skills required to be a successful director, all leading up to a red-carpet event, where Jason Mann is announced as the winner. 10:40 p.m. – DOLL & EM – Season 2, Episode 1 – *Season Premiere* Reunited best friends Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Emily Mortimer (THE NEWSROOM) sequester themselves in a remote lighthouse,  collaborating on a semi-autobiographical script they hope will take Broadway, or at least off-Broadway, by storm.  11:05 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit Friday, Sept. 18 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit 11 p.m. – STRIKE BACK – Season 4, Episode 7 In Vienna, the cloned phone of Myshkin (alex Humes), a Russian mob leader, leads Locke, Nina (Tereza Srbova), Scott, and Stonebridge into a public plaza – the site of a rendezvous between Kwon (will Yun Lee) and Oppenheimer (Michael McElhatton), who is the world’s most dangerous bomb maker, and a man Locke dearly wants to apprehend. Later, Scott and Stonebridge crash a daring bank heist orchestrated by Kwon and Li-Na in search of a one-of-a-kind document that holds the key to their diabolical plans. Sunday, Sept. 20 10 p.m. – PROJECT GREENLIGHT – Season 4, Episode 2 With two months until production begins, Effie Brown, Marc Joubert and Len Amato try to convince Jason that digital is the only way to keep the project on schedule and within budget. Meanwhile, instead of moving forward with the original PROJECT GREENLIGHT script, Jason pitches his own script: a dark comedy titled The Leisure Class.  10:35 p.m. – DOLL & EM – Season 2, Episode 2 In New York, Doll and Em set to work on their play, having secured an off-Broadway venue through Mikhail Baryshnikov (SEX AND THE CITY), and with Hollywood stars Olivia Wilde (VINYL) and Evan Rachel Wood (WESTWORLD) interested in starring as Em and Doll, respectively. Friday, Sept. 25 10 p.m. – REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER – Season 13 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit 11 p.m. – STRIKE BACK – Season 4, Episode 8 With an assist from Nina, Scott and Stonebridge track down Matthias (Ryan Sampson), an eccentric young encryption analyst hired by Kwon and Li-Na to access vital nuclear-material codes. Later, Locke comes face-to-face with his nemesis, while Scott and Stonebridge intercept the interceptors of a key convoy. Sunday, Sept. 27 9 p.m. – VICE SPECAL REPORT: PRISONS – *Premiere* Hosted by VICE founder and correspondent Shane Smith, this special gives viewers an in-depth look at the pervasive impacts of America’s approach to crime and imprisonment, chronicling the many interlocking pieces of the sprawling system, from prisoners and their families to the judiciary and community reformers. The documentary also features President Obama’s historic tour in July 2015 of Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno in Oklahoma, where he met with inmates and prison officials. As part of the VICE special, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, signaling criminal justice reform as a top priority for the final months of his presidency.  10 p.m. – PROJECT GREENLIGHT – Season 4, Episode 3 After filling key production-staff roles, Effie brings in the location manager to choose LA-area mansions, but Jason thinks none of them match his creative vision. Meanwhile, the production team begins casting the lead roles, and Pete Farrelly and Effie butt heads about Jason’s continued resistance to shooting digitally.  10:30 p.m. – DOLL & EM – Season 2, Episode 3 A chance bar encounter with Ewan McGregor (Mortdecai) takes Dolly by surprise, while Emily lands a film role that could threaten the future of her and Doll’s play.  11 p.m. – LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – Season 2 Episodic information is currently unavailable. Please visit Monday, Sept. 28 9 p.m. – SAN FRANCISCO 2.0 – *Documentary Premiere* San Francisco has long enjoyed its reputation as the counter-culture capital of America, drawing bohemians, mavericks, progressives, and activists into its streets. With the onset of the digital Gold Rush, however, young members of the tech elite are flocking to the West Coast to make their fortunes, and the influx of new tech wealth is forcing San Francisco to reinvent itself. As these innovators lead America into the golden age of digital supremacy, are the techies changing the heart and soul of their adopted city? Acclaimed filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s Journeys with George) returns to her hometown to find out what the tech boom has in store for this historically progressive city.  

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