For a network that was supposedly “struggling” before Westworld came along, HBO still boasts one of the strongest lineups on television. There’s, of course, the one-two blockbuster punch of Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park But With Robots, but Silicon Valley and Veep are as hilarious as ever; Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back; Insecure and Crashing had strong rookie seasons; Ballers has The Rock; and the low-rated but critically-admired Girls and The Leftovers are wrapping up, despite being at peak-quality. Maybe that’s not the 1927 New York Yankees — that would be 2004, when HBO was showing off with The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Sex and the City, and Curb on the payroll at the same time — but it’s at least the 1998 Yankees.
Many of the team’s, er, HBO’s current stars came together to recreate the iconic “ahh” intro that you’ve heard a million times. Best of all, they’re playing their characters, not themselves. There’s Gary whispering in Selina Meyer’s ear, Marnie Michaels plucking on her acoustic guitar (where’s the other-half of the Michaels Sisters?), Spencer Strasmore straightening his tie, Richard Splett correcting Jonah’s “yeah, bitches,” Jaime Lannister looking freaked out by his hand, Daenerys Targaryen pausing to allow her dragons to roar, Maeve choking Sylvester, and Kevin Garvey waking up from a sweaty nightmare.
Meanwhile, the cast of True Detective is awaiting a big league call-up.