SNL’s Michael Che Stars in New HBO Max Comedy Series

 

LOS ANGELES – July 14, 2020 – HBO Max announced today a six-episode order for Untitled Michael Che Project (wt), an original sketch comedy series starring Michael Che (Saturday Night Live, Michael Che Matters). Each episode follows a theme or incident, (police brutality, unemployment, falling in love, etc.), and uses sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience this from a black vantage point. It’s less about being “right” and more about being honest, even at the risk of being controversial.

“Michael brings a distinct comedic perspective as he illustrates the uncomfortable truths across multiple topics” said Suzanna Makkos, Executive Vice President of Original Comedy and Animation for HBO Max. “We look forward to sharing his unique vision and necessary point of view with our audiences.”

Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer HBO Max and President TNT, TBS, and TruTV  added “Che is an amazing talent and comic voice and,of course, another opportunity to collaborate with Broadway Video and my friend Lorne is an added benefit.”

“I’m really excited to be working on this show with HBO Max” said Che. “It’s a project I’ve been thinking about for a while and we have a lot of sketches we want to shoot so please wear your masks so that we can go into production.”
 
Untitled Michael Che Project is produced by Universal TV, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Broadway Video, with Che, Lorne Michaels, and Erin Doyle serving as executive producers.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Adds Music Legends at 2015 Ceremony

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The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame invited music superstars to join their legacy this past April, and HBO presented the special event over the weekend. The show made for a heartfelt and exciting ceremony. A surprising duet from Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Bill Withers performing hits like “Use Me” and “Lean On Me”, was just a part of a show packed with great performances.

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18:  Ringo Starr performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 18: Ringo Starr performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

 

 

Check out the full list of Inductees,details, images and clips below  from HBO.

 

The HBO special features some of the biggest names in music and celebratory reunions, moving tributes and heartfelt speeches from both presenters and inductees. Celebrating its 30th year, the ceremony took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s legendary Public Auditorium and welcomed its newest inductees:

– Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

– The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

– Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

– Green Day

– The “5” Royales

– Lou Reed

– Bill Withers

– Ringo Starr

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18:  Joan Jett and Tommy James perform onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 18: Joan Jett and Tommy James perform onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

This year’s ceremony featured an exciting array of guests, including Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus, Zac Brown, Tom Morello, John Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan, Karen O, Nick Zinner, Beck, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

Other HBO playdates: June 3 (8:00 p.m.), 11 (6:00 p.m., 2:55 a.m.), 13 (4:30 p.m.), 16 (3:00 p.m.), 19 (9:00 a.m.), 24 (2:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m.) and 28 (11:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 1 (11:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m.), 5 (8:00 p.m.), 9 (4:30 p.m.), 15 (1:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.), 21 (11:30 a.m.) and 27 (12:45 a.m.)

The 30th annual induction ceremony took place April 18 at Cleveland’s legendary Public Auditorium, the venue for many historic performers, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. The HBO special features some of the biggest names in music in celebratory reunions, moving tributes and heartfelt speeches from both presenters and inductees.

The HBO special features:

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Induction: Miley Cyrus

Performance: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform “Bad Reputation.” Dave Grohl then joins to perform “Cherry Bomb.” Tommy James with Miley Cyrus then join to perform “Crimson and Clover.”

 

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Induction: Peter Wolf

Performance: Zac Brown and Tom Morello perform “Born in Chicago.”

 

Bill Withers

Induction: Stevie Wonder

Performance: Stevie Wonder performs “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and is joined by John Legend for “Use Me.” Bill Withers then joins to perform “Lean on Me.”

 

Green Day

Induction: Fall Out Boy

Performance: Green Day performs “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around,” and “Basket Case.”

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18:  Billie Joe Armstrong performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 18: Billie Joe Armstrong performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

 

The “5” Royales

Induction: Steve Cropper

 

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Induction: John Mayer

Performance: Jimmie Vaughan and Double Trouble are joined by John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr. and Doyle Bramhall II for “Pride and Joy” and “Texas Flood.”

Lou Reed

Induction: Patti Smith

Performance: Karen O and Nick Zinner perform “Vicious,” and Beck performs “Satellite of Love.”

 

Ringo Starr

Induction: Paul McCartney

Performance: Ringo Starr performs “Boys.” Joe Walsh steps in to perform “It Don’t Come Easy.” Paul McCartney returns with Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, Zac Brown, Gary Clark Jr., Leon Bridges, Green Day, Karen O, Beck, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Bill Withers to perform “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

 

Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra served as backup band for several of the night’s performances.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established by legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun and a group of music business executives to honor the artists who have defined rock and roll and have inspired and continue to inspire a generation. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum designed by I.M. Pei in Cleveland, Ohio that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as educational programs. For further information, visit rockhall.com.

This year’s special marks the fourth year HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and is the first year in a recently announced three-year deal to present the ceremony. The network also presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary special in 2009 and a concert spectacular celebrating the opening of the museum in Cleveland in 1995.

2015 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY is produced by Playtone and Line By Line Productions; executive producers, Jann Wenner, Joel Peresman, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman; supervising producer, Frank Garritano; co-producer, Barbra Dannov; producer and director, Alex Coletti.

HBO Releases Bessie Trailer

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HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming TV Movie Bessie, starring Queen Latifah. Debuting May 16th, the trailer is our first glimpse into the fast, wild, and sexy world of the 20’s and the life of Bessie Smith. We get a sneak peak of almost all of the players in the clip, especially Smith’s love interests Jack Gee and Ma Rainey (played by Michael Kenneth Williams and Mo’Nique), and maybe even a few others. Check out our last piece with cast details here.

Queen Latifah was surely born to play this part, and it’s evident from the first image of the trailer where she peels off a fake eyelash, stripping away the façade in a move very similar to that complex attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) from How to Get Away With Murder. It looks like we’re in for heaps of drama, parties, backstabbing and music. Personally, I just can’t wait to hear that music. It seems like HBO’s got another hit on their hands, but you be the judge and tell us what you think after the jump.

Stay with us for all the latest updates on Bessie, the big night is almost here!