July TV treats from Blue Ant Media Channels

Well, here comes the rain again.

If the onset of wet weather got you feeling down in the dumps, don’t fret. You can always entertain yourself with these shows premiering on Blue Ant Media channels this July.

On Blue Ant Entertainment (SKYcable ch 196 HD | ch 53 SD in Metro Manila), guess the identity of the celebrities competing anonymously dressed in full-body costumes in third season of The Masked Singer. Past winners include comedian Wayne Brady and rapper T-Pain. It premieres on July 6, Monday, at 7.50pm.

the masked singer

On Blue Ant Extreme (SKYcable ch 209 HD | ch 104 SD in Metro Manila), you can let your inner geek out to play to celebrate Embrace Your Geekness Day on July 13, Monday.  Stand tall and proud and geek out with this geek-ified lineup of shows which start at 7pm.

geekfest

Kids can learn about our slithering serpentine friends on July 16, Thurday, which happens to be World Snake Day. Tune in to ZooMoo (SKYcable ch 120 SD in Metro Manila) with the kiddos at 12pm and learn together about these mysterious reptiles.

world snake day

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Catch these July premieres on HBO and HBO GO

While the General Community Quarantine has been implemented in most parts of the metro and there are less restrictions on transportation and mobility, many of us are still stuck at home, which still remains the safest place to be.

If you feel you’re just about to climb the walls looking for something to entertain yourself, you’d be glad to know that your Saturday nights this July are about to get more exciting with these premieres on HBO and HBO GO.

UglyDolls
Premieres Saturday, 4 July at 9pm

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing – because what matters most is who you truly are. Stars voices from talents that include Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Pitbull, Blake Shelton.

A Score to Settle
Premieres Saturday,11 July at 9pm

Diagnosed with a fatal condition, Frankie Carver is released from prison after serving 19 years of hard time. With only a short time left to live, Frankie must desperately try to make amends with the son he left behind while he plots a bloody course of revenge – tracking down his old gang to make them pay one by one. Stars Nicolas Cage, Nicole G. Leier, Benjamin Bratt.

Angel Has Fallen
Premieres Saturday, 18 July at 9pm

Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is wrongfully accused and taken into custody after an assassination attempt is made on U.S. President Allan Trumbull. After escaping capture, he is a man on the run. Now he must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger. Stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Piper Perabo, Danny Huston, Nick Nolte, Tim Blake Nelson, Lance Reddick.

Official Secrets
Premieres Saturday, 25 July at 9pm

hbo july official secrets

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, it tells the untold story of British Intelligence specialist Katharine Gun in the lead up to the 2003 Iraq War. Receiving a memo with a shocking directive to collect blackmail-worthy information on UN council members to force the vote for the invasion of Iraq, she is unable to stand by and watch the world rush into an illegal war. Gun thus makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm’s way. Stars Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Adam Bakri, Indira Varma, Ralph Fiennes.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo).

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

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HBO new series Lovecraft Country debuts 17 August exclusively on HBO GO and HBO

From showrunner and executive producer Misha Green, HBO’s new drama series Lovecraft Country debuts same time as the U.S. on Monday, 17 August at 9am exclusively on HBO GO and HBO, with same day encore at 10pm on HBO.

Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback. New episodes premiere every Monday at the same time.

The series stars Jurnee Smollett (“Birds of Prey,” “Underground”), Jonathan Majors (“Da 5 Bloods,” “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”), Aunjanue Ellis (“When They See Us”); Abbey Lee (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Jada Harris (“The Resident”), Wunmi Mosaku (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), and Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire”). Recurring guests include Courtney B. Vance (HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” “American Crime Story”), Jamie Chung (“Once Upon a Time”), Jamie Neumann (HBO’s “The Deuce”), Jordan Patrick Smith (“Vikings”), and Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”).

Lovecraft Country is executive produced by Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange (who also directed Episode 1), Daniel Sackheim (who also directed Episodes 2 and 3) and David Knoller (executive producer on Episode 1); based on the novel by Matt Ruff.

Produced by afemme, Inc., Bad Robot Productions and Monkeypaw Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Subscribe to SKY Fiber will also get their first three months’ access to HBO GO courtesy of SKY Fiber. More details on this promo here.

Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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HBO docuseries I’ll Be Gone In The Dark debuts 29 June exclusively on HBO GO and HBO

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, a six-part HBO Original documentary series debuting same time as the U.S. on Monday, 29 June at 10.05am on HBO GO and HBO, with a same day encore at 11.05pm on HBO, is based on the book of the same name and explores writer Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the dark world of a violent predator she dubbed the Golden State Killer. The series is directed by Academy Award nominee and Emmy® winning director Liz Garbus (HBO’s “Who Killed Garrett Phillips,” “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper”) and produced by Story Syndicate. Additional directors on the series include Elizabeth Wolff, Myles Kane and Josh Koury. New episodes premiere subsequent Mondays at 10am with same day encore at 11pm.

Terrorising California in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Golden State Killer is responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders. This series gives voice to the survivors and their families, documenting an era when sex crimes were often dismissed or hidden in shame. A timely inquiry into our macabre preoccupation with true crime and a cautionary tale of the dangerous lure of addiction, the series is a riveting meditation on obsession and loss, chronicling the unrelenting path of a mysterious killer and the fierce determination of one woman to bring the case to light.

Michelle McNamara lived a quiet life as a writer, mother and wife, preferring to stay on the periphery of the Hollywood world of her comedian husband Patton Oswalt. But every night, as her family slept, she indulged her obsession with unsolved cases. Delving into the world of online chat rooms and crime blogs, she became immersed in the graphic details of the Golden State Killer case, along the way connecting with like-minded sleuths, trading facts, photos and leads.

McNamara’s blog about unsolved crimes, True Crime Diary, chronicled her obsession and led to a lengthy article about the case for Los Angeles Magazine, which resulted in her landing a major book deal. Committed to solving the case, the investigative research consumed her, and she became more and more plagued by dark thoughts and a growing sense of angst. The demands of balancing her self-described addiction to her work with her family life pulled McNamara in competing directions and she became increasingly reliant upon prescription drugs to manage her mounting anxieties. After a string of sleepless nights and harrowing nightmares, McNamara tragically died of an accidental overdose in her sleep with her manuscript unfinished. After her death, Oswalt enlisted his wife’s fellow sleuths, Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen to help finish and publish her book, which received rave reviews and went on to become a 2018 New York Times bestseller.

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a detective story told in McNamara’s own words, through exclusive original recordings and excerpts from her book read by actor Amy Ryan. The series draws from extensive archival footage and police files as well as exclusive new interviews with detectives, survivors and family members of the killer to weave together a picture of a complex and flawed investigation. It is a frightening document of an era when victims were often too ashamed to speak out and sexual crime was minimised in the press and the courtroom. Echoing McNamara’s writing, the series gives voice to the victims, and their experiences speak to the far-reaching, human cost of the decades-old case.

The series is also a journey into the soul of McNamara, a tenacious journalist and citizen detective whose unrelenting commitment to investigating crimes earned her the respect of law enforcement and whose articles and book earned high praise from critics. Her evocative writing reflects deep themes of loss, anxiety, the lure of addiction, the love that binds us and the dangerous secrets of our daily lives.

McNamara’s years of relentless determination for justice for the victims helped keep the case alive and in the public eye. Ten years after she began working on the case, and just two months after her book was published posthumously in 2018, Oswalt and several of McNamara’s fellow sleuths were gathered for a reading from McNamara’s book in her hometown of Chicago. Just hours later, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office arrested 72-year-old former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, identifying him through DNA evidence as the notorious Golden State Killer.

McNamara’s unwavering resolve, the survivors’ fortitude to tell their stories and the decades-long dedication of local investigators result in a shattering portrait of a fear-gripped community and the eventual path to justice. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a thoughtful and haunting meditation on survival, the reverberations that violent crimes have on our society and those who pursue their resolution.

Episode 1: “Murder Habit”
Monday, 29 June at 10.05am
Writer Michelle McNamara, author of True Crime Diary, her blog about unsolved crimes, finds a new obsession in the “East Area Rapist” (EAR), who terrorised California in the 1970s and ‘80s, responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders. The EAR, whose true identity is still unknown, would also come to be known as the “Original Night Stalker” and, as Michelle dubs him, the “Golden State Killer.” Delving into the world of online chat rooms and crime blogs, she becomes immersed in the graphic details of the Golden State Killer case, connecting with like-minded sleuths, trading facts, photos and leads. After pitching a story to Los Angeles Magazine, she hits the ground running, interviewing several EAR survivors and retired detectives who worked the case. Today, Michelle’s husband, actor Patton Oswalt, friends, and fellow citizen detectives reflect on her intoxicating talent – which McNamara calls an “addiction” – for piecing together clues and bringing unsolved true crime stories to life. Directed by Liz Garbus.

Episode 2: “Reign of Terror”
Monday, 6 July at 10am
Michelle McNamara reflects on the 1984 murder of her childhood neighbour Kathy Lombardo, which she credits with planting the seed for her lifelong fascination with unsolved crimes. Local detectives who worked the East Area Rapist (EAR) case in the ‘70s – and citizen detectives who picked up where they left off – discuss a proliferation of serial rape cases in Northern California at the time, discussing an era when victims were often too ashamed to speak out and sexual crime was minimised in the press and the courtroom. Following a rush of media coverage in 1977, EAR’s boldness escalates, as he shifts his focus from single women and teenagers, to include couples as well. Today, several survivors describe these attacks and their aftermath in chilling detail. Directed by Elizabeth Wolff.

Episode 3: “Rat in a Maze”
Monday, 13 July at 10am
In 1979, law enforcement is thrilled when the East Area Rapist (EAR) attacks abruptly stop in Northern California, but in reality, EAR has moved south to commit a number of gruesome murders in the Santa Barbara area, known as the “Original Night Stalker” series. The hunt for the perpetrator stalls due to lack of cooperation between jurisdictions and concerns of tarnishing the area’s pristine image, leaving the community unaware of the predator in their midst. David Witthuhn, the husband of murder victim Manuela Witthuhn, is questioned as the sole person of interest, but his name isn’t cleared until 20 years later, when DNA evidence links his wife’s murder not only to others in the Santa Barbara area, but also to EAR assaults in Sacramento. Michelle’s article chronicling her investigation of the case, “In the Footsteps of a Killer,” causes a splash when it’s published 2013. After signing a major book deal, she works around the clock to find the killer and struggles with another aspect of the book – writing about herself. Directed by Myles Kane & Josh Koury.

Episode 4: “The Motherlode”
Monday, 20 July at 10am
Michelle and her editors agree to push her book deadline after being granted access to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker (EAR/ONS) room. Poring over 37 boxes of files now occupying her daughter’s playroom, Michelle and her researcher Paul Haynes explore the case of the “Visalia Ransacker,” the perpetrator of a string of burglaries in the early ‘70s bearing striking similarities to EAR. Overwhelmed by the amount of material and the graphic nature of the crimes she is investigating, Michelle struggles to balance the demands of her self-described addiction to her work with her family life. Painful personal memories, combined with her pressure to solve the case and finish the book leads to a string of sleepless nights and harrowing nightmares, as she becomes increasingly reliant upon prescription drugs to manage her mounting anxieties. Directed by Myles Kane & Josh Koury.

Episode 5: “Monsters Recede but Never Vanish”
Monday, 27 July at 10am
As Michelle’s loved ones cope with her sudden death, her work to unmask the Golden State Killer lives on. Inspired by McNamara’s interest in genealogy and online DNA testing services, Paul Holes, Chief of Forensics in Contra Costa County, reconstructs the killer’s family tree with the help of genetic genealogist Barbara-Rae Venter. After inheriting Michelle’s 37 boxes of case files, researcher Paul Haynes and true crime writer Billy Jensen work alongside Michelle’s husband, Patton Oswalt, to finish her book, which becomes an instant bestseller. Meanwhile, the release of Michelle’s autopsy report rocks her inner circle. Michelle’s writing – in which she wrestles with depression and her own mother’s sudden death — sheds light on her pain but leaves many questions unanswered. Directed by Elizabeth Wolff.

Episode 6: “Walk into the Light” (Series finale)
Monday, 3 August at 10am
As 72-year-old former police officer Joe DeAngelo’s arrest unfolds in real time, chilling facts materialise that illuminate Michelle’s prescience in her book’s epilogue, “Letter to an Old Man.” Researcher Paul Haynes and true crime writer Billy Jensen try to learn everything they can about DeAngelo. Exclusive interviews with DeAngelo’s relatives reveal early family trauma, and his double life as a suburban dad and serial predator. His ex-fiancé also details the behavior and warning signs that lead her to end their engagement. Having finally faced their attacker in court, several survivors meet for the first time and gain strength in their shared desire to confront their pain, move forward, and advocate for all sexual assault survivors. When Patton Oswalt, Jensen, and Haynes connect with survivors and McNamara’s fellow citizen detective Melanie Barbeau, Michelle’s absence is deeply felt. Directed by Liz Garbus.

A Story Syndicate Production, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a series by Liz Garbus; based on the book written by Michelle McNamara; directed by Liz Garbus, Elizabeth Wolff, Myles Kane and Josh Koury; producers, Elizabeth Wolff and Kate Barry; co-producers, Myles Kane and Josh Koury; executive producers, Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan, Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt and Dave Rath; co-executive producers, Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen. Michelle McNamara’s Words Read by Amy Ryan. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Subscribe to SKY Fiber and get your first three months’ access to HBO GO courtesy of SKY Fiber. More details on this promo here.

Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Entire second season of The Twilight Zone premieres June 25 exclusively on HBO GO

Executive produced By Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg, the modern re-imagining of the classic TV series stars Morena Baccarin, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Christopher Meloni, Jimmi Simpson and more.

Get ready to enter another dimension when season two of The Twilight Zone premieres exclusively on HBO GO on 25 June. All 10 episodes of the anthology series will be available at launch, same time as the U.S. In addition, now you can stream or download the first season of The Twilight Zone (2019) on HBO GO.

Executive produced by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (“Get Out”, HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”) and Oscar-nominee Simon Kinberg (“Sherlock Holmes”, “The Martian”), this modern re-imagining of the classic TV series continues the legacy of socially conscious storytelling. The series’ second season uses introspection and self-exploration to usher viewers into a dimension filled with endless possibilities.

Peele returns as the host, joining a stellar guest cast, including Morena Baccarin, Kylie Bunbury, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Embry, Sky Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, Thomas Lennon, Sophia Macy, Natalie Martinez, Joel McHale, Christopher Meloni, Gretchen Mol, Paula Newsome, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson, Jurnee Smollett, Daniel Sunjata, Damon Wayans Jr. and more.

In no particular order, episode titles include:

“8”
Starring Primetime Emmy-nominee Joel McHale (“Community”, “Stargirl”) and Brandon Jay McLaren (“Falling Skies”, “UnREAL”). Written by Primetime Emmy-nominee Glen Morgan (“Final Destination”, “The X Files”). Directed by Justin Benson (“The Endless”, “Synchronic”) and Aaron Moorhead (“The Endless”, “Synchronic”).

“A Small Town”
Starring Damon Wayans Jr. (“How To Be Single”, “Let’s Be Cops”), David Krumholtz (“The Deuce”, “The Plot Against America”), Natalie Martinez (“Reminiscence”, “The I-Land”), and Paula Newsome (“Barry”, “Pretty Little Liars”). Written by Steven Barnes (“The Twilight Zone” (1986), “Baywatch” series) and Tananarive Due (“From Cape Town With Love”, “Danger Word”). Directed by Alonso Alvarez-Barreda.

“Try, Try”
Starring Topher Grace (“Blackkklansman”, “Spider-Man 3”) and Kylie Bunbury (“Game Night”, “When They See Us”). Written by Primetime Emmy-Nominee Alex Rubens (“Keanu”, “Key And Peele”). Directed by Jennifer McGowan (“Rust Creek”, “Touch”).

“You Might Also Like”
Starring Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Perry Mason”) and Greta Lee (“Girls”, “High Maintenance”). Written and directed by Osgood Perkins (“Gretel & Hansel”, “I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House”).

“Ovation”
Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Birds of Prey”, “Lovecraft Country”), Tawny Newsome (“Space Force”, “Lower Decks”), Sky Ferreira (“Baby Driver”, “Twin Peaks”), Primetime Emmy-nominee Paul F. Tompkins (“Room 104”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), and Thomas Lennon (“Night at the Museum” franchise, “Friends”). Written by Emily C. Chang (“The Vampire Diaries”, “Total Recall”) and Sara Amini (“Misery Loves Company”, “UNmatchable”). Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (“Castle Rock”, “Legion”).

“Downtime”
Starring Primetime Emmy-nominee Morena Baccarin (“The Deadpool” franchise, “Gotham”), Colman Domingo (“Euphoria”, “Lucifer”) and Tony Hale (“Veep”, “Toy Story 4”). Written by Jordan Peele. Directed by JD Dillard (“The Outsider”, “Two Sentence Horror Stories”).

“The Who of You”
Starring Ethan Embry (“Blindspotting”, “Grace and Frankie”), Daniel Sunjata (“Sex and the City”, “Manifest”), and Golden Globe-nominee Billy Porter (“Pose”, “Like a Boss”). Written by Win Rosenfeld (“BlacKKKlansman”, “The Last O.G.”). Directed by Primetime Emmy-winner Peter Atencio (“Keanu”, “Whiskey Cavalier”).

“A Human Face”
Starring Golden Globe-winner Jenna Elfman (“Fear the Walking Dead”, “Two And A Half Men”), Primetime Emmy-nominee Chris Meloni (“The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), and Tavi Gevinson (“Person to Person”, “Enough Said”). Written by Alex Rubens. Directed by Christina Choe (“Queen Sugar”, “Nancy”).

“Among The Untrodden”
Introducing Abbie Hern and Sophia Macy. Written by Primetime Emmy-nominee Heather Anne Campbell (“Miracle Workers”, “Corporate”). Directed by Tayarisha Poe (“Two Sentence Horror Stories”, “Selah and the Spades”).

“Meet in the Middle”
Starring Primetime Emmy-nominee Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”, “Person Of Interest”) and Gillian Jacobs (“Girls”, “Community”). Written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini. Directed by Primetime Emmy-winner Mathias Herndl (“The Order”, “Motive”).

The original The Twilight Zone series premiered on 2 October 1959 on CBS. It took viewers to another dimension – a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. The show became a worldwide phenomenon that sent fans on a journey into a wondrous land of imagination, and it continues to be an inspiration for pushing the boundaries of storytelling. As an innovator of genre programming, The Twilight Zone explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways to introduce audiences to tales of morality and present perspectives that are underserved in conventional television.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Subscribe to SKY Fiber will also get their first three months’ access to HBO GO courtesy of SKY Fiber. More details on this promo here.

Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Two seasons of Doom Patrol to premiere exclusively on HBO GO

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stranger. The entire first season and first three episodes of the second season of the HBO Max Original series Doom Patrol, which reimagines one of DC’s strangest groups of super heroes, will be available exclusively on HBO GO from Saturday, 27 June. A new episode of the second season will be released weekly every Friday.

Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatised and downtrodden, the team comprises of Robotman aka Cliff Steele (played by Brendan Fraser – “Crash”, “The Mummy”, “Gods and Monsters”), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (played by Matt Bomer – “White Collar”, “American Horror Story”, “The Normal Heart”), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (played by April Bowlby – “Two and a Half Men”, “How I Met Your Mother”) Crazy Jane (played by Diane Guerrero – “Orange is the New Black”) and Cyborg aka Victor Stone (played by Joivan Wade – “The First Purge”, “Doctor Who”).
Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. They come together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence under the leadership of modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (played by Timothy Dalton – “The Living Daylights”, “Licence to Kill”).

In Season 1, following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief, these reluctant heroes find themselves in a place they never expected to be and are called to action by Vic Stone aka Cyborg, who proposes a mission that is hard to refuse. Season 1 also stars Alan Tudyk (“Powerless”, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Suburgatory”) as Mr. Nobody.

In Season 2, following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the Doom Patrol now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage. As each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family, Dorothy Spinner (recurring guest star Abigail Shapiro), Caulder’s daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.

Doom Patrol is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is developed by Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”, “Frequency”, “Being Human”) and executive produced by Carver, Geoff Johns (“Suicide Squad”, “Aquaman”, “Wonder Woman”, “Justice League”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow”, “Titans”, “The Flash”, “Supergirl”, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Supergirl”, “Riverdale”, “Blindspot”) and Chris Dingess (“Agent Carter”, “Eastwick”, “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”). The series is based on characters created for DC by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Subscribe to SKY Fiber will also get their first three months’ access to HBO GO courtesy of SKY Fiber. More details on this promo here.

Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Now you can get Dad the perfect present this Father’s Day

Wondering what to get for your housebound dad on Father’s Day this Sunday? Look no further than a subscription to HBO GO.

We’re not just talking about box sets of Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Sopranos here. New series and movies are added all the time. On HBO GO this month, check out the just-launched HBO Asia Original, The Head, a survival thriller starring the Japanese actor Tomohisa Yamashita (“Code Blue”). Or how about Perry Mason, a drama that follows American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer debuting on June 22?

Remember, HBO is also known as the home for the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. This month, dads will love Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Rambo: Last Blood, Gemini Man and Shazam! You can find them all in the “All About Dads” section of the HBO GO app.

Of course, there’s also a vast selection of more family-friendly titles for dads to enjoy together with their kids (and an enviable selection of Hallyu k-dramas and new rom-coms like Love Life with Anna Kendrick for the ladies in their lives).

HBO GO allows users unlimited access to stream and download thousands of hours of non-stop and uncut entertainment. This includes the latest first-run Hollywood films and exclusive original content from HBO and Cinemax, as well as Asian series and popular kids’ programmes, including Cartoon Network originals.

Within the app, the live TV function streams both HBO and Cinemax channels. Each HBO GO account can be viewed on two concurrent streams across five registered devices, and the service has both Airplay and Chromecast functionality.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

Father’s Day TV treats on Blue Ant channels

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so what have you got planned for Dad?  Aside from cooking is favorite dishes, what else is in your scheme to give him the royal treatment?

How about treating him to an all-day TV fest? On Father’s Day, June 21, Blue Ant Channels have a power-packed line-up of shows for him to enjoy.

On Blue Ant Entertainment (SKYcable ch 196 HD | ch 53 SD in Metro Manila), Dad can just sit back, relax and watch his favorite flicks. From 1.25pm, he can binge on action movies Gladiator and Fast & Furious and rip-roaring comedies Bean The Movie and Neighbors.

Blue Ant Entertainment Father's Day

On Blue Ant Extreme (SKYcable ch 209 HD | ch 104 SD in Metro Manila), Dad can get his fill of high-octane and action-packed shows. From 12.10pm, celebrate it with his idols – Bruce Lee, Johnny Cash, Dale Earnhardt and more – or laugh it out with The Fail Army.

Blue Ant Extreme Father's Day

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Brand new HBO original series Perry Mason debuts 22 June exclusively on HBO GO and HBO

Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, HBO Original drama series Perry Mason, starring Emmy® winner Matthew Rhys, debuts same time as the U.S. on Monday, 22 June at 9am exclusively on HBO GO and HBO, with a same day encore at 10pm on HBO. Subsequent new episodes premiere every Monday at the same time.

1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong. The series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Perry Mason stars Matthew Rhys as Perry Mason, a low-rent private investigator who is living check-to-check and is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage; John Lithgow as Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a struggling attorney and a semi-regular employer of Mason; Juliet Rylance as Della Street, E.B. Jonathan’s creative and driven legal secretary; Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice McKeegan, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching to a hungry congregation and a radio audience across the country; Chris Chalk as Paul Drake, a beat cop with a knack for detective work; and Shea Whigham as Pete Strickland, who is hired by Mason as an extra set of eyes on his various investigations.

The series also stars Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcón, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick. A full list of character descriptions is available here.

Episodes include:

Episode 1: “Chapter One”
Monday, 22 June at 9am

Los Angeles, 1931. On the heels of an unsavoury investigation involving a famous comedian, Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) – a PI struggling to make ends meet – and his right-hand man Pete Strickland (Shea Whigham) are hired by attorney E.B. Jonathan (John Lithgow), Perry’s mentor, to solve a perplexing case: the brutal kidnapping of one-year-old Charlie Dodson, whose parents Matthew (Nate Corddry) and Emily (Gayle Rankin) were targeted for a $100,000 ransom. After meeting with Herman Baggerly (Robert Patrick), a millionaire elder at the Dodsons’ church, Perry, E.B., and E.B.’s legal secretary Della Street (Juliet Rylance) ponder why a family of unmistakably modest means would be extorted for such a steep price. Written by Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald; directed by Tim Van Patten.

Episode 2: “Chapter Two”
Monday, 29 June at 9am

Following one of her trademark barn-burning sermons, Evangelical preacher Sister Alice (Tatiana Maslany) offers the Dodsons the church’s full moral and financial support – much to her mother Birdy’s (Lili Taylor) dismay. During a routine domestic intervention, beat cop Paul Drake (Chris Chalk) is rerouted to a gruesome crime scene, where he follows a confounding trail of evidence. Mason (Matthew Rhys) is left incensed by a jaw-dropping admission from Baggerly (Robert Patrick) and, after pressing Emily (Gayle Rankin) on her husband’s alibi, finds himself confronted by an outraged Della (Juliet Rylance). Detectives Holcomb (Eric Lange) and Ennis (Andrew Howard) use Drake’s (Chris Chalk) findings to their own advantage. Written by Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald; directed by Tim Van Patten.

Episode 3: “Chapter Three”
Monday, 6 July at 9am

In order to gain an advantage over E.B. and team, wily district attorney Maynard Barnes (Stephen Root) goes public with a shocking new development. Mason (Matthew Rhys) and Strickland (Shea Whigham) get unauthorized access to physical evidence with help from Virgil (Jefferson Mays), Mason’s connect at the city morgue. Later, Mason attempts to extract information from a withholding Drake (Chris Chalk), who’s weary of Holcomb (Eric Lange) and Ennis’ (Andrew Howard) watchful eyes. Della (Juliet Rylance) notices a change in E.B. (John Lithgow), who seems uncharacteristically out of sorts. Written by Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald; directed by Tim Van Patten.

Episode 4: “Chapter Four”
Monday, 13 July at 9am

Mason (Matthew Rhys) and Strickland (Shea Whigham) lean on Virgil (Jefferson Mays), again, for extra-legal assistance. Following Sister Alice’s (Tatiana Maslany) recovery from a frightening episode, Birdy (Lili Taylor) urges her daughter to renounce her claims about baby Charlie. E.B. (John Lithgow) faces the reality of his financial situation and takes his frustrations out on Della (Juliet Rylance). Written by Steven Hanna & Sarah Kelly Kaplan; directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven.

Executive producers (in alphabetical order), Amanda Burrell, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones, and Timothy Van Patten (who also directs); co-executive producer: Aida Rodgers; producer: Matthew Rhys; created by Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald; based on the characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.

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Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

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Shopee kicks off Shopee Live Mega Festival featuring Kim Chiu, JC de Vera, Bela Padilla, and Marco Gumabao

From June 15 to 19, Shopee invites Filipinos to watch and interact with their favorite celebrities and win prizes and giveaways worth up to ₱3M.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is hosting one of the biggest livestream events in the Philippines, the Shopee Mega Live Festival. From June 15 to 19, Filipinos can tune into special livestreams with their favorite celebrities and look forward to exclusive brand deals, exciting games and more than ₱3M worth of giveaways to be won.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines said, “We are very excited to launch the Shopee Mega Live Festival, one of the biggest livestream events in the Philippines. This mega event is part of Shopee’s plan to deliver an unbeatable Shopee Live experience as Filipinos continue to stay home and turn to online entertainment. We will continue to enhance and improve our platform to provide a fun, entertaining, and engaging shopping experience for all. We invite everyone to join in on the fun where they can interact with trending local celebrities, win exciting giveaways, and enjoy exclusive deals and promotions.”

Various participation of top celebrities, influencers, and favorite viral personalities

Livestream fans get to have a mega celeb bonding with their favorite stars through Shopee Live. Viewers get to see Kim Chiu, Marco Gumabao, 90-Day Fiance reality star Rose Vega, Bela Padilla, and many more join in mega-celebrity showdowns and friendly but competitive face-offs. Users who participate in the celebrity-showdown voting activity can stand a chance to win special vouchers, Shopee coins, and cash prizes.

Exclusive deals and promotions and ₱3M worth of giveaways up for grabs

Shopee-holics can expect mega price drops on selected items, deals as low ₱299, up to 50% discounts on selected items, and cash prizes for viewers who participate in all the games and activities during the Shopee Mega Live Festival. They also have a chance to win grand cash prizes by hosting their very own Shopee livestream. To participate, users can register on the Shopee Live Mega Festival microsite from June 10 to 13.

To know more about the Shopee Live Mega Festival, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-live-mega-festival.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.