Around the holiday season, there are three things you can depend on: more travelling to family and friends this year than you swore you would do last year; at least one present that will end up in your "regift" filing cabinet; and HBO reminding its subscribers just how much they've spent on programming the past year as they're getting them pumped for the new year.
HBO isn't looking to break that tradition any time soon, releasing their year-end promo that celebrates current/returning series such as Insecure, Westworld, Crashing and Silicon Valley; while offering fresh looks at new series/films Fahrenheit 451, Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, Succession, Here and Now, and Barry.
Most interesting part of HBO's promo? The absence of Game of Thrones's final season during the rundown of what's coming up on the cable network in 2018. Check out the video for yourself here:
Some of the main takeaways from the promo reel include:
● Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are briefly shown in a clip from Fahrenheit 451:
"In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl…and begins to rebel against society."
● Al Pacino is highlighted from the film Paterno, centering on the rise and fall of Penn State's Joe Paterno: the winningest coach in college football history who became embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
● Following up on a teaser released earlier this week, HBO also released a new look at Bill Hader from the dark comedy Barry:
"Barry centers on ex-Marine Barry who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene."
● Viewers also were treated to a few short clips from Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Perkins and Chris Messina:
"Camille, a crime reporter fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., to investigate the murders of two little girls. The assignment lands her back in her childhood home under the critical eye of picture-perfect small-town socialite Adora, which forces Camille to confront personal demons."
● Westworld's second season was given the prime end-of-promo spot, leaving fans speculating over the growing war between the park's VIP and the Hosts after the ominous words spoken by Ed Harris's Man in Black: "You wanted me to play your game. I'm gonna burn it to the ground."