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HBO January 2020 Schedule and Cinemax Highlights

While the December lineup has just kicked off, HBO is already giving an early look at its January schedule. In addition to the anticipated HBO January 2020 schedule, we’ve got some highlights for Cinemax as well.

HBO January 2020 Schedule:

Sesame Street continues its 50th season Saturday, January 4 (9:00-9:30 a.m.), with other episodes airing Saturdays at the same time.

Set in postwar Germany in 1946, The Aftermath, debuting Saturday, January 4 (8:00-9:50 p.m.) tells the story of a woman who travels to Hamburg to reunite with her husband who has been given the task of rebuilding the city, but finds herself living in the same home as a German widower and his daughter. The film stars Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke (HBO’s Catherine the Great) and Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s Big Little Lies).

In the third installment of this action franchise, the legendary hit man finds himself running from merciless killers following an incident with a member of the international assassin’s guild in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, debuting Saturday, January 11 (8:00-10:11 p.m.). The film, stars Keanu Reeves in the title role.

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, The Outsider, debuting with two back-to-back episodes Sunday, January 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by new episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time, is a new drama series that follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy. When 11-year-old Frankie Peterson’s body is found mutilated in the Georgia woods, police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) sets out to investigate – with eyewitnesses and physical evidence pointing to Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), a popular high school teacher, Little League coach, doting husband and father. While the case appears ironclad, Ralph is baffled by the emergence of contradictory evidence that places his suspect in a neighboring city at the time of the murder. The mysterious set of circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, a seasoned cop still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable. A binge-worthy detective story and tense psychological thriller, The Outsider meticulously reveals a spine-chilling series of twists that leads Ralph and Holly to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case.

The follow-up to 2017’s The Young Pope, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, The New Pope, debuting Monday, January 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), picks up where the previous series left off, with Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo, known as Pope Pius XIII, in a coma after an unexpected heart attack and the Holy See searching for his replacement. Out of the fray of competing interests rises Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich), a British intellectual best-known for a theological text he wrote in his youth. Doggedly pursued by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando), Brannox is the antithesis of Lenny: religiously moderate, sophisticated and sensitive. Still, much like the previous pope, he hides secrets and deep-rooted insecurities that weigh heavily upon him. Elected to the papal throne, Brannox assumes the name “John Paul III,” but quickly finds that his predecessor’s shadow looms large, as the devoted cult of Pius XIII proves hard to shake in their fierce conviction of his return. Meanwhile, an ambitious Voiello struggles to deal with a wave of scandals within the Church as religious fundamentalism in the outside world threatens to infiltrate the papal walls. Daring, stylish and wildly unconventional, The New Pope dives into the inner workings of the Vatican, while exploring the very human desires, vices and fragilities of those in power and the complexities inherent in faith today.

Real Time with Bill Maher begins its 18th season Friday, January 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT). Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests.

When ancient powerful species once thought to be myths return vying for supremacy, members of a crypto-zoological agency face off against these beasts in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, debuting Saturday, January 18 (8:00-10:12 p.m.). The film stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley), Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi.

Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad in HBO's New Avenue 5 Trailer

Created by Armando Iannucci of Veep, Avenue 5, debuting Sunday, January 19 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) is a new HBO comedy set 40 years in the future when traveling the solar system is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fantasy but a booming, multibillion-dollar business. The series stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of “Avenue 5” – a space cruise ship with luxury amenities like gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes. Among the 5,000 passengers and crew on board are billionaire Herman Judd (Josh Gad), the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; Judd’s right-hand-woman Iris Kimura (Suzy Nakamura); head of customer relations Matt Spencer (Zach Woods); engineer Billie McEvoy (Lenora Crichlow); and strong-willed passenger Karen Kelly (Rebecca Front). Monitoring Avenue 5 from the ground is Rav Mulcair (Nikki Amuka-Bird), the seen-it-all head of Judd Mission Control. As the series begins, Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is underway and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it’s up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find a way to deal with unexpected events onboard – though they may or may not be equipped for the task.

The tenth season of the iconic Emmy and Golden Globe-winning comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm debuts Sunday, January 19 (10:30-11:07 p.m.). The series stars writer/producer/comedian Larry David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his fictionalized life. With cast regulars Jeff Garlin (as manager Jeff Greene), Susie Essman (as Jeff’s wife Susie), Cheryl Hines (as Larry’s ex-wife Cheryl), JB Smoove (as Larry’s live-in friend Leon) and Richard Lewis (as Larry’s long-suffering best friend Richard) reprising their roles, the series continues to feature appearances by guests playing themselves or characters. New episodes also include returning favorites Ted Danson and Saverio Guerra. This season, Larry gets into a series of escalating predicaments as he takes on a major project to spite a new adversary – an undertaking that proves to be more complicated than he anticipated.

After being warned by a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment of danger, a social worker and her children are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural world in The Curse of La Llorona, debuting Saturday, January 25 (8:00-9:33 p.m.). This frightening film stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velásquez.

Cinemax Highlights:

When the universe’s deadliest hunters return to Earth, a group of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist must prevent the end of the human race in The Predator, debuting Friday, January 10 (8:10-10:00 p.m.). The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen and Sterling K. Brown. Directed by Shane Black; written by Fred Dekker & Shane Black, based on the characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas.

Forty years after she narrowly escaped his wrath, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) faces killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) for a final showdown in Halloween, debuting Friday, January 17 (8:10-10:00 p.m.). The sequel to the 1978 horror classic of the same name also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Virginia Gardner.

A former salesman finds himself among a group of high school dropouts forced to attend night school to pass the GED exam in Night School, debuting Friday, January 24 (8:05-10:00 p.m.). The comedy stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish.

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Monday 16th of December 2019

Wow oh wow, there's a lot going on in January. It's now a month I want to miss... I'm partial to The New Pope as my favorite director (Paolo Sorrentino) and some of my favorite actors (such as Sharon Stone, John Malkovich, Jude Law, Cecile de France, J. David Hinze, Yuliya Snigir and Ulrich Tomsen are in this one. Catherine the Great and John Wick: Chapter 3 are also on my short list.

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