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HBO Now November Highlights (Including ‘Room 104’ And ‘My Brilliant Friend’)

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It’s all about action this month on HBO Now.

The streaming service is looking to kick off November with a couple of exciting movie premieres, a new foreign-language series, and the return of the Duplass brothers’ anthology show, Room 104. Strange happenings in hotel rooms, a deep dive into post-war Italy, a sci-fi epic, and a kick-ass video-game adaptation are all set to make their way to HBO Now this month. Of course, if that’s not your thing, some great comedy series, like Tracey Ullman’s Show and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are ending for this season, so get your laughs in now.

As always, we’ve got your comprehensive list of everything coming to (and leaving) HBO this month. Good luck watching it all. Room 104 Season 2

The Duplass brothers are digging deeper into the mysteries surrounding unassuming hotel rooms with a second season of their anthology series, Room 104. The format is the same as the show’s first installment: 12 vignettes serving us frights, delights, and a bunch of strange, all connected by one average hotel room. There were babysitting adventures gone bad, tragic deaths, shocking secrets, an entire episode done in dance, and cults. This season looks to be just as bizarre, with an A-list cast that includes Mahershala Ali, Judy Greer, Michael Shannon, and Rainn Wilson checking in with marching bands and disco dream sequences in tow.

My Brilliant Friend

HBO is taking a big step in its global programming plan with the premiere of its first, non-English series. Adapted from Elena Ferrante’s best-selling book series, My Brilliant Friend follows the story of two young women, growing up in 1950s, post-war Italy. The series begins with the girls as children, one outspoken and rebellious, the other mourning her childhood before it’s even over. Over the course of this first season (there should be more if the show does well), the series explores the bonds of female friendship amidst a male chauvinistic backdrop.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi monster epic starring Star Wars hero John Boyega lands on HBO this November. Boyega plays the son of Idris Elba’s speech-giving Stacker Pentecost, Jake. Jake’s rebelling against his father’s legacy, shirking his responsibilities and his talents piloting Jaegers but a tragedy brings him back into the fight. This flick panned with critics and, if we’re being honest, the story’s not that great, but Boyega’s born to be a leading man so that’s reason enough to watch.

Tomb Raider

Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander stars in this re-imagining/origin story of the famous video game heroine. In this version, Lara (Vikander) is a young woman working as a delivery girl, eschewing her family’s fortune and her inheritance because of her painful past. It turns out, her father went missing years ago and Lara can’t accept the idea that he’s dead. Instead, she begins hunting for clues as to his whereabouts, tapping into some dark family secrets and getting herself into life-threatening situations.

Here are all the titles coming and going on HBO NOW in November:

Series Premieres:
Axios (11/4)
My Brilliant Friend (11/18)
Room 104, Season 2 (11/9)
Sally4Ever (11/11)
Sesame Street, Season 49 (11/17)

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