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.

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New SKY subscribers rewarded with Shopee discounts

Practical rewards await new SKY subscribers with its partnership with online shopping app Shopee—discounts when they buy their essentials in the new normal.

From June 7 to August 7, 2020, new SKY Fiber, SKYcable, or SKYdirect Postpaid plan subscribers who applied via mysky.com.ph can enjoy discounts of up to Php400 on their next purchase of protective gear, cleaning materials, grocery staples and any other item they deem essential in the online shopping platform.

The offer is SKY’s way of helping subscribers deal with the transition to digital platforms necessitated by the pandemic. SKY has always encouraged subscribers to maximize digital channels in managing their accounts and in settling their bills and has continued to make many of its services accessible via digital channels.

All qualified SKY subscribers during the promo period will be able to receive 2 Shopee voucher codes in their registered email within 3-5 days from successful installation. Each code will enable the subscriber to enjoy 10% off their purchase in Shopee, capped at Php200, upon checkout.

Those who are interested in SKY and Shopee’s latest deal can apply for SKY’s services via mysky.com.ph/skyfiber, mysky.com.ph/skycable and mysky.com.ph/skydirect.

For more details about the promo mechanics, visit http://bit.ly/skyshopeepromo.

Promo details and image provided by SKY in a recent press release.

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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SKY offers safe customer service

SKY subscribers can continue to expect to get safe customer service, as most of the country eases into a new normal.

As a top priority, SKY is strictly implementing safety measures during in-home services. Before any visit is done, SKY service technicians will call the subscriber first to make sure no one in the household is ill. Only a two-man team is assigned to every home so that one can work inside the subscriber’s home while one can simultaneously work outside to ensure proper physical distancing and less social interaction. Both of them will be wearing PPEs and other protective gear.

In SKY business centers, on the other hand, only a limited number of people will be allowed inside at any given time. Upon entry, customers will be required to go through thermal scanning and answer a symptoms questionnaire. Inside, physical distancing will be observed while plastic barriers are installed at the service desk. Sanitation and disinfection procedures will be conducted before and after every transaction.

Meanwhile, SKY subscribers are encouraged to continue managing their accounts digitally through SKY’s official website (mysky.com.ph/myaccounts) and the mySKY app (mysky.com.ph/app), pay via digital payment partners (mysky.com.ph/digitalpayment), seek troubleshooting guides on its website (mysky.com.ph/help), and contact SKY through its webform (mysky.com.ph/contact-us).

These protocols are put in place to safeguard the health and safety of SKY subscribers, employees and business partners. Subscribers can learn more about these safety measures as they visit http://www.mysky.com.ph/safetyprocedures and bit.ly/skybranchreopen.

To help ease the burden of subscribers during these uncertain times, they may opt to pay 50% of their outstanding balance for due dates beginning May 16, 2020. More details on this are available at bit.ly/skybill.

Stay updated and reach out to SKY by downloading the mySKY app today at www.mysky.com.ph/app.

SKY sets friendly safety procedures for service teams

As the country shifts to the new normal, SKY subscribers can continue to rely on a safe service when SKY technicians visit their homes. Beginning this May, SKY technicians will be ready to assist subscribers with technical concerns that require in-home servicing by implementing safety procedures that benefit both its subscribers and frontline workers.

The SKY team will be wearing personal protective equipment, practice physical distancing, and decontaminate before and after their visits.

First, all service teams will be equipped with a complete personal protective equipment (PPE) gear which includes a face mask, disposable surgical gloves, and safety shoes plastic protection. All PPEs and tools also go through a disinfecting procedure based on approved standards.

Second, subscribers can rest assured that SKY’s service technicians have washed their hands and stepped on a footbath basin to disinfect their shoe soles before and after fulfilling a job order.

Third, a call-out will be done prior to each visit to ensure that no one in the home is feeling ill. The SKY team will reschedule the service visit as soon as they are certain that the entire household is well enough to receive service teams into their homes.

With this in mind, SKY remains faithful in maintaining a safe environment for any service transaction.

To further guarantee the protection of SKY customers and service technicians, SKY is also encouraging everyone to maximize the company’s digital platforms first for common transactions. For minor technical issues, Do-It-Yourself and troubleshooting guides can easily be accessed here (www.mysky.com.ph/help).
They can also use mySKY app wherein they can manage their account at the comfort of their homes. Through the app, they can check program schedules, billing information, and payment options.

Staying updated and reaching out to SKY can be simply done with just a few taps. Download the mySKY app today at www.mysky.com.ph/app.

SKY partners with Shopee for a special subscription offer

A rewarding online shopping experience awaits new SKY subscribers as it launches the “Go Online for Great Deals with SKY and Shopee Promo” to give new subscribers up to Php400 discount on their Shopee purchase.

This thrilling promo is available to anyone who is successfully installed with a SKY Fiber, SKYcable, or SKYdirect postpaid subscription via online application at mysky.com.ph within the promo period, February 11 to April 30, 2020.

All qualified subscribers will be able to maximize the convenience of applying online and at the same time, get exclusive deals and perks such as 2 Shopee discount vouchers sent to their registered email within 3 to 5 working days from successful installation. Each voucher will entitle users to 10% discount upon checkout of their beauty, fashion, or even home product purchases. The maximum discount per voucher is P200 and there is no minimum purchase required.

All online applications will be subject to SKY’s existing approval processes and guidelines. To enjoy SKY and Shopee’s latest deal, subscribe to SKY online today. For more details, visit mysky.com.ph/shopee.

Show details and image provided  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.