The future is bright for fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm who are clamoring for a dose of Larry David to tickle their funny bones. In Clear History, David brings the improvisational style he has perfected over eight seasons of the HBO Golden Globe-winning comedy smash to the first HBO Films comedic title in recent years. Written as a story outline by David and the creative team behind Curb, the film features Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Jon Hamm and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson, who put their improvisational skills to the test to provide non-stop laughs for the audience.
In Clear History, David stars as a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who gives up his ten percent of the business after a petty argument with his boss (Hamm). The company subsequently makes billions of dollars, destroying his life and leaving him publicly humiliated. Ten years later, after changing his name and moving to a small island off the Massachusetts coast, all is well---until something from the past threatens his new life.
Hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the revolutionary youth media company VICE, and two correspondents, Ryan Duffy and Thomas Morton, VICE: Season 1 smashes barriers of decorum to cover under-the-radar stories from around the globe. Topics such as out-of-control political assassinations in the Philippines, the sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has swept Senegal and the precarious nuclear stare down in Kashmir provide the backbone of this unique news show. The Emmy-nominated series made history when it deployed basketball legend Dennis Rodman and members of the Harlem Globetrotters to engage in "basketball diplomacy" with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, which is featured in the season finale episode. These are the kinds of stories---usually overlooked by mainstream media outlets---that are presented on this news magazine series.
Hailed as "intelligent and enlightening"(Philadelphia Inquirer), Variety called out the series for its ability to "resonate precisely because it zeroes in on unsettling tales of violence and cruelty abroad, at a moment when TV news frequently seems preoccupied with trifles at home." Executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and B.J. Levin, with CNN's Fareed Zakaria serving as consultant, the iTunes and Google Play downloads of the complete season include extended content from each episode, taking viewers even further into the groundbreaking news stories that would never be seen on a nightly newscast.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Crescent City, crime and corruption are on the rise, and outsiders with their own agendas are starting to pour money into the city. In the third season of the critically-acclaimed series Treme, the ordinary people of New Orleans must band together to demand that their music, art and well-being be protected against opposing institutions.
For the people of New Orleans, even the promises of redevelopment come with strings attached, and every dollar that shows up---whether from government disaster relief, or from venture capital, or even from those seeking to remake New Orleans in the wake of Katrina--- carries with it new dynamics and new risks. National interest has waned, moving on to the next headline, but those who know and love the Crescent City have no choice. They must find their way back to what matters in the life of their city. However, little of what they can bring to bear yields a quick result, and nothing about New Orleans---its government, its police department and courtroom, its school system---works as it should. Nothing is easy.