New HBO Asia Original GENSAN PUNCH premieres and nominated at Busan Int’l Film Festival

A brand-new HBO Asia Original film GENSAN PUNCH will have its world premiere in “A Window on Asian Cinema” section (Competition) at the upcoming 26th edition of Busan International Film Festival, before premiering exclusively on HBO GO and HBO in the next few months. The Filipino-Japanese title in English, Japanese and Tagalog, is also one of seven Asian films nominated for the Kim Jiseok Award in Busan. In addition, the film will screen in the “Gala Selection” (non-Competition) at this year’s 34th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Inspired by the true story of Naozumi Tsuchiyama, GENSAN PUNCH is about a Japanese man with a prosthetic leg who goes to the Philippines to train and pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. The so-called Gensan Quarter of General Santos City has long been known for producing athletes including presidential candidate Manny Pacquiao. The film tackles the issue of discrimination towards the disabled, especially in competitive sport.

Filmed in both the Philippines and Japan, GENSAN PUNCH is produced and directed by Brillante Ma. Mendoza (Mindanao; Alpha: The Right To Kill;) and stars Shogen (Death Note; Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist), Ronnie Lazaro (Affliction; Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story), Kaho Minami (Dream Street; Hotaru), Beauty Gonzales (The Heiress; Angelito: Batang Ama) and Vince Rillon (3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon!; Ang Probinsyano).

Created and written by Honee Alipio, , GENSAN PUNCH is produced by Takahiro Yamashita and Krisma Maclang Fajardo and executive produced by Brillante Mendoza, Simon Crowe and Fumie Suzuki Lancaster.

The announcement comes shortly after the debut of On the Job, another HBO Asia Original from the Philippines. Now streaming on HBO GO, the series stars John Arcilla who won the Coppa Volti at the Venice Film Festival on September 11. Stream or download GENSAN PUNCH when it premieres on HBO GO in the next few months. Enjoy other martial arts shows such as the six movie Rocky franchise, Tom-Yum-Goong, Ong-Bak, and the HBO series Warrior now on HBO GO.

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‘Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union’ debuts Aug 4 only on HBO GO

HBO’s three-part documentary, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union, debuts same time as the U.S. over three consecutive days from Wednesday, August 4 exclusively on HBO GO. The documentary chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the United States grapples with its racial history. Weaving together conversations with colleagues, friends and critics, and interspersed with his own speeches and news interviews, the series begins with Obama’s childhood and takes us through his perspective as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father, his spiritual formation by a generation of Black leaders, and his hopes for a more inclusive America.

Through the story of one man irrevocably bound to the history of a country, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union reflects on the country’s past and present national identity.

Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union is directed by Emmy® winner Peter Kunhardt (HBO’s “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality,” “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “King in the Wilderness”).
With the clarity of hindsight and perspective of the last four years, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union forms a cohesive picture of America under its first Black president. Obama’s presidency was unique in America’s history, but what was a historic step forward for the country also exposed the ever-present need to address deeply entrenched challenges around race, racial justice and our history.

The series provides context, insight and critique from a wide range of participants including: author Jelani Cobb; Representative John Lewis; political consultant David Axelrod; Rev. Alvin Love; author Michael Eric Dyson; journalist Laura Washington; Rev. Jeremiah Wright; journalist Michele Norris; New Yorker editor David Remnick; Rev. Al Sharpton; professor Cornel West; politician Jesse Jackson; author Ta-Nehisi Coates; NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill; political advisor Valerie Jarrett; professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.; actor Keegan-Michael Key; former government official Shirley Sherrod; journalist David Maraniss; professor Ken Mack; speechwriter Jon Favreau; advisor Broderick Johnson; and Representative Bobby Rush.

Part One of Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union looks back over Obama’s upbringing by a single mother from Kansas and white grandparents, his early schooling in Hawaii and his education at Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Through archival interviews, Obama reflects on the impact of having an estranged African father, growing up bi-racial and his evolving relationship with the African American community in Chicago, where he worked with Black churches as a community organizer.

Part Two takes us from Obama’s presidential bid to his election to the White House in November 2008, exploring the obstacles and successes along the campaign trail. With constant pressure to define his identity along racial lines and frustrated by what he saw as a distraction from other important issues, Obama delivers his “race speech” of March 2008, a determined defense of the U.S. Constitution and a plea to look beyond America’s “racial stalemate” in order to advance prosperity and unity.

Part Three takes us to the White House years and the formidable hurdles that Obama faced trying to pass legislation in a bitterly divided Congress. He ultimately succeeded in passing the Affordable Care Act but the chasm across the aisle in Washington grew ever wider. As the nation faced a period of heightened awareness around police brutality towards African Americans and the fervent partisan battle over gun control, his critics accused him and the administration of not doing enough to lead a conversation about race, and the president moves forward with policies that focus on racial justice and empowerment.

Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union encapsulates the man and the president, illuminating his vision for the nation shaped from his own experiences and identity. Through today’s lens, the documentary reflects on the Obama administration with new understanding about the personal obstacles he faced and the challenging pursuit for equality in America.

HBO Documentary Films’ presents a Kunhardt Films Production, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union, directed by Peter Kunhardt; produced by George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Matthew O. Henderson; edited and produced by Maya Mumma, ACE; executive producers, Peter Kunhardt; Andi Bernstein and Mona Sutphen; Jelani Cobb and Jacqueline Glover. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Rodriguez; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

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What’s new on HBO GO – July 2021

At the midpoint of the year, HBO Go brings the heavyweights in star power and stories with this month’s exclusive premieres.

No Sudden Movespremieres on Friday, July 2

Set in 1954 Detroit, this Steven Soderbergh-helmed film centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.

The star-studded film features Don Cheadle (“Avengers: End Game”, “Hotel Rwanda”), Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”, “The Usual Suspects”), David Harbour (“Suicide Squad”, “Stranger Things”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”, “The Town”) , Amy Seimetz (“Upstream Color”, “Sun Don’t Shine”), Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”, “George of the Jungle”), Kieran Culkin (HBO’s “Succession”, “Igby Goes Down”), Noah Jupe (HBO’s “The Undoing”, “Honey Boy”), Craig muMs Grant (“Dark Water, “Side Effects”), Julia Fox (“Uncut Gems”, “Day by Day”), Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”, “Too Legit”), with Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”, “Narc”) and Bill Duke (“Predator”, “Commando”).

Gossip Girl – premieres July 8

Developed by showrunner Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer on the original series, this extension of the pop culture classic takes us back to the Upper East Side finding a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark. The series is based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original show, developed by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage.

Gossip Girl explores just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years. The series stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith.

The White Lotus – premieres July 12, 9am

From Mike White (HBO’s “Enlightened”) comes a social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort.

Starring Murray Bartlett (HBO’s “Looking”), Connie Britton (“Nashville”), Jennifer Coolidge (“2 Broke Girls”), Alexandra Daddario (HBO’s “True Detective”), Fred Hechinger (“Eighth Grade”), Jake Lacy (HBO’s “Girls”), Brittany O’Grady (“Little Voice”), Natasha Rothwell (HBO’s “Insecure”), Sydney Sweeney (HBO’s “Euphoria”) and Steve Zahn (HBO’s “Treme”), this six-episode limited series follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travellers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.

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Friends: The Reunion premieres on May 27 on HBO and HBO GO

Could we BE any more excited?

Friends: The Reunion special will debut same time as the U.S. on Thursday, May 27 at 3.01pm exclusively on HBO GO, with a same-day broadcast on HBO at 9pm. Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer return to the iconic comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for a real-life unscripted celebration of the beloved show.

For the first time in 17 years, the cast of Friends reunites for a special celebration of the smash-hit comedy series. Taped on the original soundstage, Friends: The Reunion finds the cast joined by moderator James Corden and a star-studded roster of special guests as they relive the show’s fan-favourite and unforgettable moments. This once-in-a-lifetime special event honours the iconic series, which continues to permeate the zeitgeist today, with a hilarious and heartfelt night full of laughter and tears.

Friends: The Reunion, an HBO Max Original, will feature a variety of special guests including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

Ben Winston directed the special and executive produced along with “Friends” executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. The special hails from Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, Fulwell 73 Productions and Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer executive produced the special. Emma Conway, James Longman and Stacey Thomas-Muir co-executive produced.

“Friends” remains one of television’s most beloved series. One of the highest-rated shows on television in its original network run, the series still remains a perennial go-to in syndication and on streaming services, where it continues to be a smash hit worldwide. A favorite among critics and fans alike throughout its 10-season run, “Friends” not only won the Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy series, but also garnered Emmy® Awards for series stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow. From Warner Bros. Television, Friends follows the lives and loves of a close-knit group of friends living in New York City: siblings Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), along with friends Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). “Friends” was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who executive produced the series with Kevin Bright through Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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What’s on HBO GO this January

Here are some great shows for your New Year streaming playlist! HBO GO opens the year with the hottest premieres from movie blockbusters to fresh installments of award-winning series that you can watch on-demand wherever you are and whenever you want. Check them out:

Tora-San, Wish You Were Here
Premieres Friday, 1 January at 10pm

Jan 2021 on HBO GO

Fifty years after Kiyoshi Atsumi’s wandering salesman first appeared on the big screen, the beloved long-running Tora-san film series comes to a close in this 50th and final instalment, exploring the lives of the ones he left behind. Hidetaka Yoshioka reprises his role as Tora-san’s nephew, Mitsuo.

1917
Premieres Saturday, 2 January

Jan 2021 on HBO GO

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers – Blake’s own brother among them. Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, this World War I epic stars Oscar winner Colin Firth, Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, Golden Globe winner Richard Madden and Golden Globe nominee Andrew Scott.

The Rook
Premieres Monday, 4 January
New episode premieres every subsequent Monday

Jan 2021 on HBO GO

This series tells the story of Myfanwy Thomas, a woman who wakes up in the rain beside London’s Millennium Bridge with no memory of who she is and no explanation for the circle of dead bodies splayed out around her. When she discovers that she’s a high ranking official in Britain’s last secret service for people with paranormal abilities, she’ll have to navigate the dangerous and complex world of the agency to uncover who wiped her memory – and why. Stars Emma Greenwell, Golden Globe nominee Joely Richardson and Olivia Munn.

Tiger
Premieres Monday, 11 January at 10am
Part two premieres at the same time the following Monday.

Jan 2021 on HBO GO

An HBO two-part documentary offering a revealing look at the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods. The series paints an intimate picture of the prodigy whose dedication and obsession with the game of golf not only took his fame and success to new heights, but also down a dark, spiraling road that eventually led to a legendary sports comeback, culminated by his victory at the 2019 Masters.

C.B. Strike: Lethal White
Premieres Thursday, 21 January at 10am
New episode premieres every Thursday

Jan 2021 on HBO GO

Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger return in the brand-new second season of C.B. Strike, based on the best-selling crime novels written by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Euphoria: F*ck Anyone Who’s Not A Seablob
Premieres Monday, 25 January at 10am

Jan 2021 on HBO GO

In the second of two special episodes of the Emmy® winning HBO drama series Euphoria, we follow Jules (played by Hunter Schafer) over the Christmas holiday as she reflects on the year. Schafer also serves as co-executive producer on this episode, which she co-wrote with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.

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New HBO Asia Original ‘MISS S’ to premiere exclusively on HBO GO on 5 October

The brand-new HBO Asia Original series Miss S《旗袍美探》will premiere on 5 October with two-episodes airing every weekday exclusively on HBO GO. The 30-episode hour-long detective drama is a Mandarin adaptation of the globally popular Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Set in 1930s Shanghai, the series stars award-winning actress Ma Yili《马伊琍》(The First Half of My Life, Struggle, My Fair Princess 3) as the eponymous protagonist, also known as Su Wenli《苏雯丽》, a beautiful and witty socialite who forms an unlikely crime-solving duo with the righteous and serious inspector Luo Qiuheng《罗秋恒》played by Vengo Gao Weiguang《高伟光》(Ghost Blowing Light, Harmony). Despite their opposing personalities, they manage to crack numerous cases together and share an undeniable chemistry. But the mysterious disappearance of Su Wenli’s younger sister a decade ago continues to haunt her and she will not rest until she finds the truth. Can Luo Qiuheng help Su Wenli unravel the mystery and move on from her sister’s disappearance?

The series begins with Su Wenli’s return to Shanghai after studying abroad in Paris. While visiting her old schoolmate at her home, the husband of Su Wenli’s schoolmate is found dead. To the ire of inspector Luo, the independent, ever curious and perseverant Su Wenli interferes with the investigation as she tries to find answers to the murder herself.

Directed by Deng Ke《邓科》(When We Were Young, Fly Me To Venus), the series also stars Bu Guanjin 《卜冠今》(Suddenly This Summer, Nothing But Thirty), Wu Haochen 《吴昊宸》(Crocodile and The Plover Bird, Begin Again), Tien Niu 《恬妞》(Fatal Move, City War), Yao Anlian 《姚安濂》(Factory Boss, Enter the Forbidden City), Xu Shaoying 《徐绍瑛》(Three Lives, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book, Trident), Liu Yihang 《刘已航》(The Golden Hairpin) and Guo Qiucheng 《郭秋成》(Liberation, The Listener), with guest appearance by Dong Xuan 《董璇》(Secret of the Three Kingdoms, Unbeatable 2), and cameo appearances by Zhang Yuqi 《张雨绮》(The Mermaid, CJ7)and Chen Long 《陈龙》(The Climbers, All Men Are Brothers).

The series, with its rich and detailed panoramic style shots showcasing the nostalgic glamour of old Shanghai, was filmed entirely in Hengdian World Studios. With more than 120 guest artistes in the entire series, over 500 sets of costumes were designed and created, out of which almost a hundred of those outfits belong to the fashionable detective, Miss S.

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WARRIOR season 2 debuts on 3 October exclusively on HBO GO and CINEMAX

The drama series Warrior begins its ten-episode second season same time as the U.S. on Saturday 3 October at 10am exclusively on HBO GO and CINEMAX. The episode encores the same day at 10pm on CINEMAX with new episodes premiering weekly. Stream or download the entire first season of Warrior on HBO GO. Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, Warrior was created by and is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast & Furious 9”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

Starring Andrew Koji (“Snake Eyes”), the second season of Warrior also features returning series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Langley Kirkwood (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“A Night Comes For Us”), Jason Tobin (“Fast & Furious 9”), Joanna Vanderham (“Eddie & Sunny”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Dickensian”) and Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”). New season two series regulars include Celine Buckens (“War Horse”), Dustin Nguyen (also directing episode 6; “21 Jump Street”), Chen Tang (“Mulan”), Miranda Raison (“Artemis Fowl”) and recurring series regular Maria Elena Laas (“Vida”).

Warrior is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs (Chinese organized crime family).

Season two follows rival Chinatown tongs, the Hop Wei and the Long Zii, as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese racism that threatens to destroy them all.  After barely surviving last season’s disastrous showdown, Ah Sahm is back with the Hop Wei and determined to wreak vengeance on Long Zii’s new leader, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), who also happens to be his sister. Spending his nights honing his martial arts skills at a notorious Barbary Coast fight pit run by a savvy, opportunistic woman named Rosalita Vega (Maria Elena Laas), Ah Sahm harbors ambitions to topple Hop Wei head Father Jun (Perry Yung). To accomplish this, he pushes tong heir Young Jun (Jason Tobin) into a new opium deal and welcomes the arrival of an enthusiastic new recruit and fighter, Hong (Chen Tang).

As the two tongs fight for dominance over the course of the season, both face numerous outside threats, including from the brutal Fung Hai tong and its nihilistic leader Zing (Dustin Nyugen), the embittered Irish labor movement led by tough-as-nails bar owner Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger), and the hostile local government under the politically spineless Mayor Blake (Christian McKay) and his scheming deputy, Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood). With the stakes mounting and tensions with her brother growing, Mai Ling struggles to control her new-partner Zing, and lover and tong lieutenant, Li Yong (Joe Taslim).

Meanwhile, brothel madame Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) continues to pursue her secret and violent agenda and slowly becomes intrigued by Nellie Davenport (Miranda Raison), a wealthy widow using her fortune to rescue young Chinese sex workers. Struggling to get out from the Fung Hai’s grip, debt-ridden police sergeant Bill O’Hara (Kieran Bew) faces growing suspicion from his subordinate (Tom Weston-Jones) while fixer and profiteer Wang Chao (Hoon Lee) continues to play both sides. Socialite-turned-businesswoman Penny Blake (Joanna Vanderham) works to keep her father’s factory open using Chinese labor and must adjust to the arrival of her young, rebellious sister Sophie (Celine Buckens) who begins to cross family lines in favor of the Irish labor movement. Between the local political turmoil and the escalating gang violence, tensions in Chinatown threaten to boil over into a full-scale war that will raise the stakes and its survival of the fittest for those left standing.

Episodes include:

Episode 1: “Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard”

Debut date: Saturday, 3 October at 10am

Back with the Hop Wei, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) spends his nights at the Barbary Coast fight pit, confronting a new anti-Chinese group, Teddy’s Boys. While Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) accuses him of just looking for another fight, an empowered Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) worries about her brother’s next steps. Meanwhile, Bill (Kieran Bew) finds it hard to break out of his role as enforcer for Zing; Penny (Joanna Vanderham) is determined to continue running Mercer Steel, much to Blake’s (Christian McKay) dismay; and Chao (Hoon Lee) offers Ah Sahm some advice for his future with Young Jun (Jason Tobin).

Written and Directed by Jonathan Tropper

Episode 2: “The Chinese Connection”

Debut date: Saturday, 10 October at 10am

Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) and Young Jun (Jason Tobin) search for a discreet place to hide their product after striking a deal with a new opium supplier. As Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) becomes increasingly dependent on laudanum, he and Bill (Kieran Bew) continue to investigate the swordsman murders. Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) sends Li Yong (Joe Taslim) and Zing (Dustin Nguyen) to deliver a message to a rival tong. Penny (Joanna Vanderham) asks for Ah Sahm’s help in protecting her factory. Sophie (Celine Buckens) continues to pique Leary’s (Dean Jagger) interest. Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) receives a visit from Nellie Davenport (Miranda Raison), a wealthy widow committed to ending the exploitation of Chinese women.

Written by Brad Kane; Directed by David Petrarca

Episode 3: “Not How We Do Business”

Debut date: Saturday, 17 October at 10am

With their new enterprise going well, Young Jun (Jason Tobin) shares his worries with Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) about the new men Father Jun (Perry Yung) has brought over from China, and later, the partners are impressed by Hong (Chen Tang), an enthusiastic recruit with a secret. Meanwhile, Chao (Hoon Lee) goes to Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) for help keeping Zing (Dustin Nguyen) away from his business, Sophie (Celine Buckens) grows closer to Leary (Dean Jagger), Nellie’s (Miranda Raison) politics raise questions from her peers, and things take a deadly turn at Bill’s (Kieran Bew) home.

Written by Brad Kane; Directed by David Petrarca

Episode 4: “If You Don’t See Blood, You Didn’t Come to Play”

Debut date: Saturday, 24 October at 10am

As the police prepare for retribution, Chao (Hoon Lee) comes to Bill (Kieran Bew) with a mutually beneficial proposal. A sympathetic Sophie (Celine Buckens) offers Leary (Dean Jagger) a new plan. Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) and Penny (Joanna Vanderham) have a moment when he confides his plans for the future. Buckley (Langley Kirkwood) urges Blake (Christian McKay) to take a stand against the Chinese, Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) seeks to ease his pain, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) invests in a legitimate business, and Nellie (Miranda Raison) urges Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) to imagine a different kind of life for her sex workers.

Written by Evan Endicott & Josh Stoddard; Directed by Loni Peristere

Episode 5: “Not for a Drink, a F*ck, or a G**damn Prayer”

Debut date: Saturday, 31 October at 10am

A guilty Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) tries to make things right with Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), who’s more intent than ever on seeking revenge. Penny (Joanna Vanderham) finds her business in trouble and learns that Ah Sahm has been using her. Leary (Dean Jagger) gets a warning and offers one of his own. Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) pays an emotional visit to Nellie’s (Miranda Raison) Sonoma winery. Bill (Kieran Bew) and Chao (Hoon Lee) put their plot against the Fung Hai into action.

Written by Evan Endicott & Josh Stoddard; Directed by Loni Peristere

Episode 6: “To a Man with a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail”

Debut date: Saturday, 7 November at 10am

Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), Young Jun (Jason Tobin), and Hong (Hoon Lee) travel with Vega (Maria Elena Laas) to Rooker’s Mill, a U.S.-Mexico border town owned by Elijah Rooker (Conor Mullen), the wealthy host of a lucrative fight tournament that Ah Sahm is determined to win. As he learns more about Vega, Ah Sahm draws the attention of another fighter, Dolph (Mike Bisping), and later, Rooker himself.

Written by Jonathan Tropper & Brad Kane; Directed by Dustin Nguyen

Warrior is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Andrew Schneider executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and Richard Sharkey. Co-executive produced by Kenneth Lin, Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard.

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Ridley Scott-helmed RAISED BY WOLVES to premiere exclusively on HBO GO on 3 September

From executive producer Ridley ScottRaised by Wolves centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task. The highly-anticipated HBO Max Original series premiere will debut on 3 September on HBO GO. Scott directed the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, marking his television series directorial debut for American audiences.

The cast includes Amanda Collin (A Conspiracy of FaithA Horrible Woman), Abubakar Salim (FortitudeJamestown), Winta McGrath (AloftRed DogTrue Blue), Niamh Algar(The VirtuesCalm With Horses), Jordan Loughran (The InfiltratorEmerald City), Matias Varela (NarcosPoint Break), Felix Jamieson (Game of ThronesThe Ghost), Ethan Hazzard (The Long SongDamned), Aasiya Shah (Call the MidwifeUnforgotten), Ivy Wong (Star Wars: Rogue OneMaleficent 2) and Travis Fimmel (Vikings).

The series is produced by Scott’s Scott Free Productions, with Scott, writer and creator Aaron GuzikowskiDavid W. Zucker (The Man in the High Castle), Jordan Sheehan (The Terror), Adam Kolbrenner (Prisoners) and Mark Huffam (The Martian) serving as executive producers.

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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

So get Daddy’s reclining chair and snacks ready for 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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Latest addition to DC’s TV Universe, Stargirl, to premiere in Asia exclusively on Warner TV on 10 June

Superhero fans in Asia can look forward to catch the latest addition to the growing repertoire of DC’s television adaptations as the brand new original series Stargirl, starring Brec Bassinger, debuts with four back-to-back episodes exclusively on Warner TV on Wednesday, 10 June at 7pm. Subsequent new episodes premiere same day as the U.S. every Wednesday from 17 June at 9.50pm on Warner TV.

Created by one of the most successful comic book writers of his time, and award-winning screenwriter and producer Geoff Johns (“Doom Patrol”, “Aquaman”, “The Flash”), the thirteen-episode series follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to take up the legacy of a long-lost superhero team – The Justice Society of America – and stop the villains of the past.

Brec Bassinger (“Bella and the Bulldogs”, “School of Rock”) stars as Courtney Whitmore a.k.a. Stargirl, the new kid in town and Blue Valley High, who struggles to make friends until she forges unlikely friendships with Yolanda Montez, Beth Chapel and Rick Tyler, all with super-powers.

Yvette Monreal (“Rambo: Last Blood”, “Matador”) stars as Yolanda Montez a.k.a. Wildcat, a straight A student at Blue Valley High who never does anything wrong, until she is put in a situation in which she has no control.

Anjelika Washington (“Young Sheldon”, “Shameless”) stars as Beth Chapel a.k.a. Dr. Mid-Nite, an outcast who befriends Courtney and the other members of the new Justice Society of America.

Cameron Gellman (“The Good Doctor”, “20th Century Women”) stars as Rick Tyler a.k.a. Hourman.

Other cast members include Trae Romano (“Robbie”, “The Three Stooges”), Jake Austin Walker (“Lethal Weapon”, “Fear the Walking Dead”), Hunter Sansone (“Unfollowed”, “Little Did He Know”), Meg DeLacy (“The Fosters”, “Zac and Mia”), Neil Jackson (“Westworld”, “Blade”), Christopher James Baker (“True Detective”, “Gotham”), Amy Smart (“The Butterfly Effect”, “Shameless”) and Luke Wilson (“Zombieland: Double Tap”, “”Roadies”). The series is created and written by Geoff Johns. Johns executive produces along with Primetime Emmy nominee Greg Berlanti (“Love, Simon”, “Blindspot”, “Arrow”), Melissa Carter (“Famous in Love”, “Queen Sugar”), Greg Beenma (“Smallville”, “Falling Skies”) and Sarah Schechter (“Blindspot”, “Arrow”).

Episodes include:

Season 1 Episode 1: “Pilot”
Wednesday, 10 June at 7pm on Warner TV
In the series premiere, Courtney’s seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles gets upended with a move to Blue Valley, Nebraska with her mother Barbara (series star Amy Smart), stepfather Pat Dugan (series star Luke Wilson) and stepbrother Mike (series star Trae Romano), and she finds herself struggling to adapt to her new town and high school. But when Courtney discovers that Pat is harbouring a major secret about his past, she ultimately becomes the unlikely inspiration for a new generation of Super Heroes. Written by Geoff Johns and directed by Glen Winter.

Season 1 Episode 2: “S.T.R.I.P.E.”
Wednesday, 10 June at 8pm on Warner TV
After Courtney has an unexpected run-in with a member of the Injustice Society of America, Pat reveals the truth to her about their history. Meanwhile, Barbara is elated when she sees Courtney making an attempt to get along with Pat, not knowing the secret they’ve been keeping. Finally, things take a dangerous turn at Blue Valley High’s open house night when Courtney becomes the target of a dangerous foe. Written by Geoff Johns and directed by Greg Beeman.

Season 1 Episode 3: “Icicle”
Wednesday, 10 June at 9pm on Warner TV
After a dangerous run-in with a member of the Injustice Society of America, Pat warns Courtney to back down from her attempts to go after them. But when she encounters what she believes to be a message from one of them, she urges Pat to help her. Meanwhile, Barbara makes strides at work, which impresses her new boss Jordan Mahkent (series star Neil Jackson). Written by Colleen McGuinness and directed by Michael Nankin.

Season 1 Episode 4: “Wildcat”
Wednesday, 10 June at 9.50pm on Warner TV
After realising that she needs the extra help, Courtney sets out to recruit new members to the Justice Society of America – starting with Yolanda Montez (series regular Yvette Monreal). Elsewhere, Pat’s suspicion is piqued after a bizarre conversation with one of the town’s residents. Written by James Dale Robinson and directed by Rob Hardy.

Season 1 Episode 5: “Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite”
Wednesday, 17 June at 9.50pm on Warner TV
As Courtney sets her sights on recruiting more members to the Justice Society of America, Pat finds himself one step closer to learning which ISA members may be in Blue Valley. Meanwhile, a search for Rick Tyler (series regular Cameron Gellman) leads Courtney, Yolanda and Beth Chapel (series regular Anjelika Washington) to Cindy Burman’s (series regular Meg DeLacy) Halloween party. Written by Melissa Carter and directed by David Straiton.

Stargirl is amongst the three upcoming DC shows premiering on WarnerMedia channels. The first season of Pennyworth will premiere in Asia exclusively on Warner TV on Monday, 29 June at 9pm and HBO Max Original series Doom Patrol Season 2 will debut exclusively on HBO GO. Premiere date is still to be confirmed.

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Unveil the truth with thrilling mysteries on Warner Media this June

Feed your adrenaline rush with a maelstrom of new action-packed thrillers on WarnerMedia’s entertainment platforms this June. Uncover the truth and fight for the rights and justice of the people you love. Be prepared for a host of great content coming your way on HBO GO, HBO, Warner TV, CINEMAX and RED by HBO, all available on SKYcable.

On HBO (SKYcable ch 54SD | 168HD in Metro Manila)

Annabelle Comes Home
Premieres Saturday, 6 June at 9pm

WarnerMedia Mystery June

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target – the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy – and her friends. Stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, McKenna Grace and Madison Iseman.

I May Destroy You
Premieres Monday, 8 June at 10.30am

WarnerMedia Mystery June

This 12-episode half-hour HBO Original drama series explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation. Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centres on Arabella, a care-free, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a holiday fling-turned aspirational boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when she is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life. Written by and stars BAFTA award-winner Michaela Coel.

The Head
Premieres Friday, 12 June at 9pm

WarnerMedia Mystery June

This six-episode HBO Asia Original series is a survival thriller set in the Polaris VI international polar station in Antarctica during its long, dark Antarctic months, engulfed by the cold, the wind and the vast expanses of ice. A select group of scientists from different countries oversee maintaining the base operational during the long polar nights. But during winter, the station suddenly stops communicating with the outside world. With dialogues in English and Danish, the suspenseful series stars an international cast including Tomohisa Yamashita.

The Bridge S2
Premieres Monday, 15 June at 9pm on HBO GO and HBO

WarnerMedia Mystery June

The series picks up one year after where the story ended in season one. A yacht registered in Singapore drifts ashore in Johor with a deceased Indonesian family on board. Investigating the slew of serial killings that ensue, the characters become mired in a web of treachery, deceit, and personal tragedy. Stars Bront Palarae, Rebecca Lim, Ario Bayou, Adrian Pang and Cheryl Samad.

Perry Mason
Premieres Monday, 22 June at 9am

WarnerMedia Mystery June

Based on the story and characters by author Erle Stanley Gardner, this HBO Original drama series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defence lawyer, Perry Mason, in 1932 Los Angeles. 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. Stars Emmy® Winner Matthew Rhys, John Lithgow, and Tatiana Maslany. Executively produced by Robert Downey Jr.

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Premieres Saturday, 27 June, at 10pm

WarnerMedia Mystery June

Super assassin John Wick has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his tail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise. Stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry and Laurence Fishburne.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Premieres Monday, 29 June at 10am

WarnerMedia Mystery June

Based on the best-selling true crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by journalist Michelle McNamara. The HBO Original documentary series follows her true story as she tracked the violent offender whom she dubbed “The Golden State Killer” – a man who terrorized California in the late 1970s and early 1980s, committing 50 home-invasion sexual assaults and ten murders.

On Cinemax (ch 36SD | 198HD in Metro Manila)

Trackers
Premieres Saturday, 6 June at 10am

WarnerMedia Mystery June

This six-episode series is based on the bestselling South African author Deon Meyer and interweaves three story strands into a sophisticated action-packed thriller. The series covers the length and breadth of South Africa, and explosively collides in Cape Town in a violent conspiracy involving organised crime, smuggled diamonds, state security, Black Rhinos, the CIA and an international terrorist plot. Stars Rolanda Marais, James Gracie, Sandi Schultz, Thapelo Mokoena and Trix Vivier.

On RED by HBO (ch 74SD in Metro Manila)

Babel
Premieres Saturday, 13 June at 10pm

WarnerMedia Mystery June

The series follows the prosecutor Cha Woo-Hyuk who embarks on a mission to uncover the truth behind his father’s death. His life becomes intertwined with married actress Han Jung-Won when the latter becomes the prime suspect in the murder case of her husband. Stars Park Si-Hoo and Jang Hee-Jin.

On Warner TV

Pennyworth S1
Premieres Monday 29 June, at 9pm on Warner TV

WarnerMedia Mystery June

The DC series explores the origins of titular Wayne Family butler Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company in 1960s alternate London. After being targeted by a group conspiring to subvert the British Government, Alfred teams up with American agents Thomas Wayne and Martha Kane – who later become the parents of Bruce Wayne. Stars Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge.

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Brand-New HBO Asia Original Series THE HEAD To Premiere 12 June On HBO GO And HBO

Winter has fallen on the South Pole. The sun will soon disappear for the next six months. A small team of scientists, known as the Winterers, will remain at the Polaris VI Antarctic Research Station to continue their innovative research. Their work is crucial in the fight against climate change and they are under the command of renowned biologist Arthur Wilde. But when spring comes, summer commander Johan Berg returns to the station only to find most of the team dead or missing. A killer is on the loose and Annika, Johan’s wife, is missing too. If he wants to find her alive, he will have to trust Maggie, the young doctor who is profoundly shaken and apparently the sole survivor from the group… or, is there someone else who survived?

WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks today announced the premiere date and released the trailer of the brand-new HBO Asia Original, The Head, produced in association with Hulu Japan and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO. The series will premiere on 12 June at 9pm on HBO GO and HBO.

The Head is a survival thriller set in the Polaris VI international polar station in Antarctica during its long, dark Antarctic months, engulfed by the cold, the wind and the vast expanses of ice. A select group of scientists from different countries are in charge of maintaining the base operational during the long polar nights. But in the midst of winter, the station suddenly stops communicating with the outside world. With dialogues in English and Danish, the suspenseful storyline develops over six hour-long episodes and is directed by Jorge Dorado (“The Pier”, “Mindscape”).

The Head’s international cast include Tomohisa Yamashita (“Code Blue”), John Lynch (“The Terror”), Katherine O’Donnelly (“Mary Queen of Scots”), Alexandre Willaume (“Below the Surface”, “Tomb Raider”), Laura Bach (“Sprinter Galore”), Sandra Andreis (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”), Amelia Hoy (“Killing Eve”) , Chris Reilly (“Allied”, “Everest”), Richard Sammel (“Inglorious Bastards”) and Tom Lawrence (“The King”, “The Crown”), in addition to the special collaboration

The series was shot in a two-thousand-square-meter studio in Tenerife, Spain, where the purpose-built set of the Polaris VI research station where most of the action takes place was erected, reproduced to actual scale, based on information about the layout and operation of this type of scientific facility, which enabled the show-runners to film long shots of the characters wandering around inside the station with complete authenticity. The production crew also travelled to the rugged landscapes of Iceland to shoot the series’ exteriors, although most of the story is set inside the polar station, which provides a particular feel of encapsulation.

The Head was presented in a forum session at Series Mania in 2017, a prestigious international festival in France, and garnered enormous interest among representatives from the media and entertainment industry.

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Fun times for the little one with Warner Media channels this June

Back-to-school season usually comes in June. With the resumption of school operations still uncertain because of quarantine protocols, parents can rest easy that the kids will have something on tv to occupy their time, as well as experience with the family.

So gather your family together, pop some popcorn and explore a wide range of family-friendly movies and series on HBO GO, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Warner TV.

Family-friendly movies on HBO GO

Let your imagination run free with a variety of family-friendly movies on HBO GO! Be a Teen Titan or an explorer; learn to train dragons or practise kung fu with a panda; solve mysteries with Scooby-Doo or Nancy Drew. Whatever your choose, an exciting action-packed adventure awaits when you stream these fun family-friendly movies on HBO GO.

For Kids on Warner Media this May

Shows for the young ones on HBO GO

For more non-stop kids entertainment, check out popular kids series on HBO GO. Travel to alternative universes with talking bears, young samurais and superpowered sisters to fight aliens and save the world. Here is just a selection of the kids’ series to binge-watch on the streaming service.

For Kids on Warner Media this May

Animation on Cartoon Network and Boomerang

For the young and young at heart, there are lots of animated series to choose from. From Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs and My Little Pony on Boomerang to ThunderCats Roar! And Monster Beach on Cartoon Network, catch these brand-new series and episodes this holiday.

For Kids on Warner Media this May

Magical adventures with Warner TV

From saving the kingdom against giants to fighting alongside The Boy Who Lived and finally gathering clues in the Mystery Machine, go on magical adventures with Warner TV.

For Kids on Warner Media this May

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BabyTV brings fun learning shows this June

With the schedule of the opening of classes set for much later in the year, parents can still rest easy that their pre-school kiddos can still learn and play with their friends at BabyTV.

BabyTV is the world’s leading baby and toddler network for children aged four and under and their parents, airing 24 hours a day and completely commercial free. It features top quality, original and exclusive shows, created by child development experts and designed for children and parents to enjoy together. Each hour on BabyTV is an enriching journey full of stories, songs, rhymes and lovable characters.

This June, let BabyTV take your little ones to fun adventures right in the comforts and safety of your home with shows such as:

Lale Ki Lolu

BabyTV June 2020

Lale and Lolu go on many adventures in a fairy’s magical play world created especially for them. From ancient Egypt to the Far East, the two loveable creatures communicate with one another through sounds, allowing kids to use their imagination and continue the story themselves.

Ahoy Pirates!

BabyTV June 2020

Playing “Pirates” is always fun, who doesn’t want to find a treasure chest? Three girl pirates on a pirate ship explore new lands and solve puzzles and riddles in order to find the treasure chest. The treasure chest is always filled with fun objects for having a party!

Jump Out of Bed Sleepyhead

BabyTV June 2020

Waking up the castle every day is not easy, but our two heroes manage to overcome obstacles & get the kingdom ready in time for the new day.

If you’re a SKYcable subscriber, you can add BabyTV to your cable TV subscription plan for only Php20/month. To subscribe to BabyTV and other kids channels, fill up this form.

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