Summer is upon us, and HBO NOW in June is readying to scorch the cinematic and television landscape with a slew of new titles for your viewing pleasure. Three of HBO’s best shows right now are preparing to close out their recent chapters, Bill Simmons — former Grantland and ESPN contributor — is rolling out his new show, and a new documentary on Quincy Jones will teach you the ways of one of the most gifted music producers of all-time.
Here’s what you should be watching this June on HBO NOW.
The Wrestler (6/1)
After returning to Hollywood following a foray into boxing, Mickey Rourke rebounded in this story about a professional wrestler struggling in the twilight of his career. Both a searing drama and a true-life comeback tale for Rourke, the film is bolstered by fine performances from Marisa Tomei and Rourke, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor, and came just shy of winning the Oscar.
Game of Thrones/Silicon Valley/VEEP: Season Finales (6/26)
We have finally arrived. After Red Weddings, complex dick jokes, and political pressure and hijinks, we will soon come to the finales of three of HBO’s best shows currently airing. All of these finales are dropping on the same day, which is to say that you’ll be calling in sick for parental duty and/or work on Monday if anything earth shattering occurs (looking at you Game of Thrones). How will the recount affect Selina and her campaign? What will come of Cersei and Glenna Tyrell’s pact? What does the future hold for Nucleus? These questions will be answered come late June.
The Martian (6/4)
Andy Weir famously was not able to get his book about an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars bought by any of the big book publishers. So, he began releasing the chapters online — the major publishers scrambled in a bidding war to buy the book, and soon came Ridley Scott’s cinematic version, written by Drew Goddard. With strong performances by Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Kristen Wiig, The Martian serves as a gorgeous survival tale and a lesson in NASA engineering.