While the August lineup has just kicked off, HBO is already giving an early look at its September schedule. In addition to the anticipated HBO September 2019 schedule, we’ve got some highlights for Cinemax as well.
HBO September 2019 Schedule:
The acclaimed drama series Succession continues its second season Sunday, September 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) and explores themes of power, politics, money, and family, played out within a rich and dysfunctional family whose patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), is CEO of Waystar Royco, one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates. Beginning where season one dramatically left off, season two follows the Roys as they struggle to retain control of their empire amidst internal and external threats. While the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that portends to ultimately destroy them, as each of Logan’s four children remains focused on personal agendas that may or may not sync with those of their siblings. As Kendall (Jeremy Strong) deals with fallout from his hostile takeover attempt, this season finds Shiv (Sarah Snook) poised to make her way into the upper-echelons of the company, while Roman (Kieran Culkin) decides to reacquaint himself with the business by starting at the bottom, and Connor (Alan Ruck), who’s long eschewed the Waystar machinations, launches an unlikely bid for president.
The Righteous Gemstones, a new comedy from Danny McBride (HBO’s Vice Principals, Eastbound & Down), continues Sunday, September 1 (10:00-10:35 p.m.), with new episodes airing subsequent Sundays at the same time, and centers on the Gemstones, a celebrity televangelist family behind a popular megachurch that is also a major money-making enterprise. McBride stars as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest of three grown Gemstone children, who sees himself as a maverick in the ministry game but, as the series begins, receives a blackmail video that could put his reputation at risk. Getting caught up in the hunt for the culprits are Jesse’s sister Judy (Edi Patterson), who is secretly “living in sin” with her fiancé and dreams of escaping the Gemstone compound, and Jesse’s youngest sibling Kelvin (Adam Devine), a pseudo-hipster who always finds a way to get under his brother’s skin. Meanwhile, the family’s patriarch Eli (John Goodman) finds himself in a point of crisis as he mourns the loss of his wife Aimee-Leigh and questions whether the Gemstones are still serving a higher power as they aggressively expand their empire. Also causing a headache for the Gemstones is Baby Billy (special guest star Walton Goggins), Aimee-Leigh’s younger brother, who agrees to minister at a new Gemstone prayer center that riles a local pastor trying to hang on to his flock.
Exploring the glamorous, often cutthroat, world of pro football through a group of
past and present players striving to stay in the game, Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players. Created by Stephen Levinson (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), the hit comedy series continues its fifth season Sunday, September 1 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). This season finds Spencer (Johnson) settling into retirement and reflecting on his past, when an offer that’s too good to refuse comes his way and sends him back into the lion’s den, this time as a team owner. In the wake of his split with Spencer, an ambitious Joe (Rob Corddry) gambles aggressively to make Sports X greater than ever with the help of his new partner, Lance (Russell Brand). Meanwhile, Ricky (John David Washington) has a startling setback that forces him to consider a new kind of future and tests his physical, mental and emotional resolve; Charles (Omar Miller) learns that being a general manager means getting your hands dirty; Vernon (Donovan W. Carter) shifts his focus to his love of professional gaming despite Reggie’s (London Brown) wariness; and Jason (Troy Garity) decides to take his career to the next level.
From Hagai Levi (HBO’s In Treatment), Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael, Our Boys continues Monday, September 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) followed by new episodes subsequent Mondays at 10:00 p.m. Our Boys is a captivating limited drama series that follows Simon, an Israeli terrorism investigator, on his search for answers in the wake of the murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, telling the stories of Jews and Arabs alike who were forever changed by a series of horrific events in the summer of 2014.
HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Raiders team up for an unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders concludes its five-episode season Tuesday, September 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m.). One of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV, the 14th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy-winning series focuses on the daily lives and routines of Oakland Raiders players and coaches. Under second-year head coach Jon Gruden, the team has an intriguing mix of established veterans, highly regarded rookie hopefuls and free-agent acquisitions. The Raiders compete in the highly- competitive AFC West, where they maintain an intense rivalry with their opponents and have set their sights on ascending in the standings. With camera crews heading to the Bay area to film for several weeks, the cinéma vérité series will capture all the action heating up in August.
Vice News Tonight, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, concludes Friday, September 6 (7:30-8:00 p.m.).
Real Time with Bill Maher continues its 17th season Friday, September 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), followed by other new editions subsequent Fridays at the same time. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests.
Pico da Neblina, continuing its season Friday, September 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m.), is a ten-episode HBO Latino series set in a fictional modern-day São Paulo where marijuana has been legalized. The story follows 29-year-old Biriba (Luis Navarro), a drug dealer who decides to give up his criminal life and enter the legal drug sales industry. Unfortunately for Biriba, going straight is more difficult than he could have imagined. This brave new world of dealing means he has a whole new set of rules to follow, forcing him to reexamine everything he knew as a lowly dealer. To make matters worse, his new career isn’t sitting well with people from his past who desperately want to put him out of business. The series explores the gray area between what is criminal and what is legal, diving into the social and economic consequences drug trafficking can have on not only a person, but their country as well.
A Black Lady Sketch Show, concluding its first season Friday, September 6 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. Thede produces, writes and stars and Issa Rae (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s Insecure) executive produces.
Mary Queen of Scotts, debuting Saturday, September 7 (8:00-10:05 p.m.), tells the story of Mary Stuart, who became the Queen of France at 16 and a widow at 18, as she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne just as Scotland and England fall under the control of Elizabeth I, her cousin and rival. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver continues its sixth season Sunday, September 8 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), followed by new episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time, with a hiatus on September 22. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO, the show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night.
Featuring a stellar ensemble cast led by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and executive produced by David Simon, George Pelecanos, Nina K. Noble and Franco, the third and final season of The Deuce, debuting Monday, September 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), chronicles the dying days of Times Square as the heart of the American sex trade. The season begins on the eve of 1985, with the party of the 1970s winding down. 42nd Street has deteriorated into a hive of uncontrolled violent crime and seedy video stores, making urban renewal seem more unlikely than ever before. But change is on the way. Just as VHS overtakes film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution, the lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, this third season brings the series’ arc to a dramatic conclusion.
Directed and produced by Emmy Award winner Amy Schatz, What Happened on September 11, debuting Wednesday, September 11 (6:00-6:30 p.m.) on HBO Family, revisits the events of September 11, 2001 to help a younger generation learn about this historical event. The documentary short features personal stories from survivors and family members, classroom scenes exploring 9/11 through artwork, poetry and interviews with educators, along with archival news footage and powerful photos. The film also provides background on the construction of the World Trade Center towers, the history of lower Manhattan, the rise of Al Qaeda and the harrowing experiences of New York residents who found themselves caught up in the unexpected and tragic day. Both thoughtful and informational, the film puts this historical event into context so that children can better understand what happened that day and its continued effects on the world around us.
When the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001, students had just started their day at Stuyvesant High School, blocks away. Drawing on intimate access to eight student eyewitnesses, In the Shadows of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11, debuting Wednesday, September 11 (9:00-9:30 p.m), offers a unique perspective on this tragic day. Directed and produced by Emmy-winner Amy Schatz, the documentary weaves footage of the attack with compelling interviews with the students, who, as young teenagers, found themselves fleeing debris in the heart of the danger zone and faced with a harrowing journey home. Now adults, many from immigrant families, they speak with feeling about the backlash against minority communities that followed the attack and the deep friendships with classmates that got them through. A story about how it felt to be a young person at ground zero, the film explores the ways in which September 11th shaped these students’ lives and continues to shape our world today.
Created by Jay and Mark Duplass (Animals., Togetherness), the late-night, half-hour anthology series Room 104 returns with 12 new episodes Friday, September 13 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), telling unique and unexpected tales of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel. While the room stays the same, every episode of Room 104 features a different story, with the tone, plot, characters, and even the time period, changing with each installment. Tapping into a variety of genres, from dark comedy to poignant drama to musical romance, the stories and characters featured in Season 3 include: a man searching for a cure to his chronic skin condition; the caretaker of an exotic animal looking to make a sale; estranged siblings reuniting to make an investment; and more. Filled with plenty of twists and surprises, the series offers a new discovery from one episode to the next, telling tales of everyday people
striving for connection and meaning inside a single room.
Suffering from PTSD and memory loss after an assault, a man creates a fictional world in which he can heal in Welcome to Marwen, debuting Saturday, September 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m.). This film stars Steve Carrell and Leslie Mann.
When the citizens of Bricksburg face a new and dangerous enemy, they fight to protect their universe in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, debuting Saturday, September 21 (8:00-9:45 p.m.).
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel goes behind the box scores and statistics to tackle timely subjects in the world of contemporary sports. Featuring a top lineup of contributors, the next monthly edition debuts Tuesday, September 24 (10:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.).
Buzz, a revealing and personal documentary debuting Wednesday, September 25 (9:00-10:30 p.m.), follows Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and author, Buzz Bissinger, as he experiences a sexual awakening while collaborating with Caitlyn Jenner on her tell-all memoir. A verité portrait of his transformative journey, the feature documentary is directed by his childhood friend Andrew Shea. As he works to perfect Jenner’s book, Bissinger simultaneously examines his own heteronormative constraints, exploring previously uncharted sexual desires in ways that test his marriage, family and sense of self. Interweaving editing sessions between Bissinger and Jenner with personal insights into Bissinger’s sexual evolution from his family, Buzz is a deeply personal film that explores the pursuit of true freedom of expression.
Rebel Wilson stars in Isn’t It Romantic, debuting Saturday, September 28 (8:00-9:30 p.m.). The film tells the story of a New York architect who, after getting knocked out during a subway mugging, finds herself at the center of her very own romantic comedy.
After being fired for mischievousness, former Vermont Highway Patrol officers have a chance to reclaim their jobs when they are tasked with providing law enforcement for a French Canadian town transitioning to U.S. sovereignty in Super Troopers 2, debuting Friday, September 6 (8:00-9:40 p.m.). The comedy stars Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske with Rob Lowe and Brian Cox. The film was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by Broken Lizard.
A group of friends’ annual competitive game of tag presents a new challenge when the game coincides with the only undefeated player’s wedding in Tag, debuting Friday, September 13 (8:00-9:45 p.m.). Based on a true story, the comedy stars Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner.
A neuroscientist attempts to bring his deceased wife and two daughters back to life using their memories, but his experiment spirals out of control in Replicas, debuting Friday, September 20 (8:00-9:50 p.m.). The film stars Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve and Thomas Middleditch.
Shortly after being released from prison, a conwoman puts together a team of unlikely crooks to help pull off the biggest heist of their lives in Ocean’s 8, debuting Friday, September 27 (8:00-9:55 p.m.). The crime thriller stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Richard Armitage.