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Boardwalk Empire

Episode #3: "Broadway Limited": An unlikely witness threatens to expose the perpetrators of the woods massacre, sending Eli – and Agent Nelson Van Alden – rushing to the hospital. As Nucky re-evaluates his relationship with Lucy, Margaret starts a new job at an upscale French dress shop at the Ritz. Chalky's team pays a heavy price for taking over Mickey Doyle's bootleg operation, causing Chalky to reevaluate his relationship with Nucky. After questioning Angela's loyalty, Jimmy heads west. (Written by Margaret Nagle; directed by Tim Van Patten.)
Playdates: October 3, 5, 6, 9, 17 and 20

Episode #4: "Anastasia": In Chicago, Jimmy bonds with one of Johnny Torrio's prostitutes, Pearl, and finds himself increasingly at odds with the hot-headed Al Capone. Back in Atlantic City, Nucky looks to leverage his relationships with ambitious U.S. Senator Walter Edge, as well as Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague. Eli and Chalky go to extremes to interrogate a KKK member; Lucky Luciano sets his sights on Jimmy's "wife"; Margaret impresses at Nucky's lavish birthday party, while Lucy tries to protect her territory. (Written by Lawrence Konner & Margaret Nagle; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.)
Playdates: October 10, 12, 13, 16, 17 and 20

Episode #5: "Nights in Ballygran": On the day of the annual St. Patrick's Eve dinner, Nucky deals with his jealous brother's oratory ambitions, as well as a group of disenchanted "Leprechauns." Feeling ignored by Nucky, a frustrated Margaret feeds Van Alden information regarding the whereabouts of a garage filled with barrels of beer. In New York, Arnold Rothstein worries about his involvement in the fixed World Series, while in Chicago, Jimmy copes with the aftermath of a vicious attack orchestrated by Torrio rival Charlie Sheridan. (Written by Lawrence Konner; directed by Alan Taylor.)
Playdates: October 17, 19, 20 and 23

Episode #6: "Family Limitation": After the brazen robbery of one of his ward bosses, Nucky turns up the heat on Lucky Luciano. An emboldened Margaret stands up to Lucy at the dress shop, then accepts an offer from Nucky to change her circumstances. In Chicago, Al Capone's frustration over family issues spills over into his relationship with Jimmy, who scores points with Johnny Torrio for a bold power play involving mob heavy Charlie Sheridan and the neighborhood of Greektown. (Written by Howard Korder; directed by Tim Van Patten.)
Playdates: October 24, 26, 27 and 30

Episode #7: "Home": After his father Ethan is injured in a fall, Nucky uses the opportunity to refurbish his childhood home. During a visit to an army hospital, Jimmy befriends disfigured vet Richard Harrow, whose sharp eye may prove invaluable. Chalky considers a liquor proposition that would eliminate middle man Nucky. Van Alden gets a valuable lead on the woods massacre. Angela finds companionship in Jimmy's absence; Luciano and a friend cut a deal with the D'Alessio brothers. On a double-date with new friend Annabelle and her beaux, Margaret tries to get Nucky to open up about some painful childhood memories. On a tip from Capone, Jimmy eyes payback against one of Sheridan's thugs. (Written by Tim Van Patten & Paul Simms; directed by Allen Coulter.)
Playdate: October 31


In Treatment
Set within the highly charged confines of individual psychotherapy sessions, season three of the acclaimed series once again centers around Dr. Paul Weston (Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Gabriel Byrne), who continues to cope with the after-effects of his recent divorce, as well as his move to Brooklyn to continue his practice. In the midst of new emotional and physical challenges (including hand tremors he fears might be the onset of Parkinson's Disease, which killed his father), Weston will treat three new patients (played by Debra Winger, Irrfan Khan and Dane DeHaan), and see a new therapist (Amy Ryan) in New York City. (Executive producers, Hagai Levi, Paris Barclay, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Anya Epstein and Danny Futterman; consulting producer, Eric Overmyer; co-executive producer, Noa Tishby; producers, Sarah Lum and Mark Baker; supervising producer, Sarah Treem; writers, Sarah Treem, Adam Rapp, Alison Tatlock, Anya Epstein & Danny Futterman.)

Episode #79: "Sunil – Week One": A retired math professor from Bengal Sunil (Irrfan Khan), accompanied by his son Arun (Samrat Chakrabarti) and daughter-in-law Julia (Sonya Walger), reluctantly visits Paul to discuss the death of Sunil's wife six months earlier, his subsequent displacement to the U.S., and the recent tensions he's experienced while living with his son's family. (Written by Adam Rapp; directed by Paris Barclay.)
Playdates: October 25, 26 and 27

Episode #80: "Frances – Week One": A well-known stage and screen actress (Debra Winger), whose sister was treated by Paul 18 years earlier, begins therapy to uncover the reasons why she is "blanking out" during rehearsals for a new play. (Written by Alison Tatlock; directed by Paris Barclay.)
Playdates: October 25, 26 and 27

Episode #81: "Jesse – Week One": A 16-year-old homosexual (Dane DeHaan), who has been seeing Paul for some time after being caught peddling prescription drugs to classmates, talks about his troubling "pattern of promiscuity," his unsettled family life with adopted parents and a recent alarming voicemail. (Written by Sarah Treem; directed by Paris Barclay.)
Playdates: October 26 and 27

Episode #82: "Adele – Week One": In order to get a new prescription for sleeping pills, an exhausted Paul visits a young, serious and intelligent therapist named Adele (Amy Ryan), and is compelled to confront deep-rooted fears about his health, his divorce, his patients, and his all-encompassing relationship with former therapist Gina Toll. (Written by Anya Epstein & Dan Futterman; directed by Paris Barclay.)
Playdates: October 26 and 27


Eastbound & Down
Starring Danny McBride and executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill and Danny McBride, this comedy series tells the story of a star pitcher whose self-destructive behavior knocks him out of major league baseball, leaving him broke, delusional and desperate to regain his former glory. (Executive producers, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill and Danny McBride; consulting producer, David Gordon Green; producer, Stephanie Laing, writers, Shawn Harwell, Jody Hill & Danny McBride; directors, David Gordon Green and Jody Hill sptv050769.)

Episode #8: “Chapter 8”: Charros owner Sebastian Cisneros agrees to pull out all the stops in promoting Kenny Powers’ return to organized baseball, but Kenny loses motivation after learning a secret about April from an old friend. (Written by Shawn Harwell, Jody Hill & Danny McBride; directed by Jody Hill.)
Playdates: October 3, 5, 6, 8 and 12

Episode #9: “Chapter 9”: Puzzled by the Mexican fans’ lukewarm reception, Kenny starts a grassroots PR campaign to burnish his image. But it takes a vintage Powers flare-up to bring the fans to their feet. Kenny makes inroads with Vida by inviting her to Sebastian’s yacht party. (Written by Shawn Harwell, Jody Hill & Danny McBride; directed by David Gordon Green
Playdates: October 10, 12, 13, 15 and 19

Episode #10: “Chapter 10”: Though Charros fans respond to Kenny, he is warned by Roger about the perils of showboating. Kenny finds he has serious competition in his courtship of Vida. Stevie finds short-lived romance. (Written by Shawn Harwell, Jody Hill & Danny McBride; directed by Jody Hill.)
Playdates: October17, 19, 20, 22 and 28

Episode #11: “Chapter 11”: Kenny considers a new full-time life working in Mexico. (Written by Shawn Harwell, Jody Hill & Danny McBride; directed by David Gordon Green.)
Playdates: October 24, 27, 28 and 29

Episode #12: “Chapter 12”: Kenny settles his debt with Sebastian; later, he settles a score with Aaron and Hector, and bids adios to Vida. Kenny passes a final test with the Charros team. (Written by Shawn Harwell, Jody Hill & Danny McBride; directed by David Gordon Green.)
Playdate: October 31


Bored To Death
Created by Jonathan Ames, this half-hour comedy series stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Schwartzman portrays a thirtysomething Brooklyn writer who has a sideline business as an unlicensed private detective, solving some cases and making others worse. (Created by Jonathan Ames; executive producers, Jonathan Ames, Sarah Condon, Troy Miller, Stephanie Davis and Dave Becky; coexecutive producers, Tracey Baird and Donick Cary; producers, Anna Dokoza and Michael Stricks.)

Episode #10: “Make It Quick, Fitzgerald!”: Jonathan is hired by Richard Antrem (Oliver Platt), George's nemesis and boxing foe, to investigate Richard's suspicions that his wife Priscilla, George's ex, is having an affair. Jonathan's insecurities resurface when Stella (Jenny Slate) announces she's not over her first love. George has a new female urologist; Ray plots to win back Leah by penning a comic book. (Written by Jonathan Ames; directed by Alan Taylor.)
Playdates: October 3, 4, 5, 7 and 14

Episode #11: “The Gowanas Canal Has Gonorrhea!”: George worries about remaining “intact” after getting some sobering news from his new urologist, Dr. Kenwood. A bad day for Jonathan gets worse when a pair of S&M henchmen kidnap him. They demand a ransom which calls “GI” George & Ray to action. (Written by Martin Gero and Jonathan Ames; directed by Michael Lehmann.)
Playdates: October 10, 11, 12 and 14

Episode #12: “I've Been Living Like a Demented God!”: A professor hires Jonathan to track down a valuable item. George finds an alibi to explain the results of his drug test. Flushed with cash from his “Super Ray” comic book, Ray heads to the bar – and meets a familiar barfly. (Written by Donick Cary & Jonathan Ames; directed by Michael Lehmann.)
Playdates: October 17, 18, 19, 21 and 28

Episode #13: “Forty-Two Down!”: Jonathan attempts to repair the relationship between a poet/limousine driver and his wife. Ray has a meeting with Kevin Bacon. (Written by Tami Sagher & Jonathan Ames; directed by Troy Miller.)
Playdates: October 24, 25 and 26

Episode #14: “The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!”: Leah hires Jonathan to help find her new dog, “Little Ray.” Ray joins Jonathan in the search for the dog, getting some inside help. A reflective George heads to the hospital for surgery. (Written by Sam Sklaver & Jonathan Ames; directed by Tristram Shapeero.)
Playdate: October 31

Source: HBO

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