The Television Critics Association summer press tour continued on Thursday afternoon with HBO announcing premiere dates for five fall shows, as well as revealing its plan for David Milch’s Luck and a series of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency movies. The pay cabler also renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for a 10th season.
Of the premieres, Boardwalk Empire will launch its second, 12-episode season on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 9/8c. On Sunday, Oct. 2, Hung whips out its third, 10-episode season (airing at 10/9c), followed by How to Make It in America‘s eight-episode sophomore run.
Then, come Monday, Oct. 10, Bored to Death will air its eight-episode third season at 9 pm, leading into Enlightened, a new series starring and exec-produced by Laura Dern.
The much-anticipated Luck — starring Dustin Hoffman, penned by Milch, directed by Michael Mann and set in the world of horse racing — will premiere in January 2012, occupying the Sunday time slot Big Love was wed to over the past few years.
HBO also announced that rather than renew The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency for another season, the drama would return as two or more standalone films — the first scripts for which network execs are perusing right now.
Turning to Real Time, Maher was on hand at the HBO session to marvel, “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years… 20 years between this show and Politically Incorrect. It’s nice to be on a network that I myself watch. I actually like being here and…working with people I call my friends, legitimately.” (Reporting by Megan Masters)