By Mike Murphy
Summer may be long over, but HBO is all about awful vacations in October, reviving last year’s hit resort comedy “The White Lotus” and premiering a new season of the space-cruise comedy “Avenue 5.”
Mike White’s hilariously scathing satire “The White Lotus” (Oct. 30), which just cleaned up at the Emmy Awards , returns for a second season and moves to a new location of the fictional luxury hotel chain, in Sicily. The cast is mostly new too — though Emmy-winner Jennifer Coolidge will return — with F. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli, Aubrey Plaza, Sabrina Impacciatore and Tom Hollander.
In the future and far, far away, the space-cruise comedy “Avenue 5” (Oct. 10) returns for its second — and likely last — season. Armando Iannucci’s series first debuted way back in January 2020, and the pandemic forced long production delays. Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods and Rebecca Front star, as clueless crewmembers and disgruntled passengers stuck together on a disastrous intergalactic cruise that veers off course after an accident, adding years to the trip.
Warner Bros. Discovery’s /zigman2/quotes/200511275/composite WBD +2.33% HBO Max also has Season 3 of the newly rebranded “Batman” prequel series “Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler” (Oct. 6); “Fixer Upper: The Castle” (Oct. 4), a new series from Chip and Joanna Gaines as they restore a castle in Waco, Texas; and “The Vow, Part Two” (Oct. 17), a follow-up documentary series following the legal journeys of those involved with the NXIVM cult.
Max is also adding a ton of movies, including “Hoosiers,” “Juno,” “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” “Slacker” and “Terms of Endearment” (all Oct. 1), while losing some older series that were licensed from Comedy Central, such as “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Reno 911” and “Key & Peele” at the end of the month.
Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going, as of Sept. 25 (release dates are subject to change):
What’s coming to HBO Max in October 2022
Oct. 1 Æon Flux, 2005 (HBO)Along Came a Spider, 2001 (HBO)Bad News Bears, 2005 (HBO)Bad Teacher, 2011Before I Fall, 2017 (HBO)Before Mickey Mouse: A History of American AnimationBlack Nativity, 2013 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)Blackthorn, 2011 (HBO)Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969C.R.A.Z.Y., 2005Call Me By Your Name, 2017Century of Animation Showcase: 1922, 2022Charlie St. Cloud, 2010 (HBO)Christmas in Connecticut, 1945Coneheads, 1993 (HBO)Disclosure, 1994 (HBO)District 9, 2009 (HBO)Down Terrace, 2009 (HBO)Dude Where’s My Car?, 2000 (HBO)Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), 2020Fair Game, 2010 (HBO)Federico Fellini’s Intervista, 1987Frank, 2014 (HBO)Freedomland, 2006 (HBO)Grand Piano, 2013 (HBO)Hoosiers, 1986 (HBO)Hot Summer Nights, 2017 (HBO)Hotel Mumbai, 2018 (HBO)I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, 1988 (HBO)Jumper, 2008 (HBO)Juno, 2007 (HBO)Kiss the Girls, 1997La Ronde, 1950Let’s Be Cops, 2014Little Women, 1933Luci del Varieta, 1950Max Steiner: Maestro of Movie Music, 2019Meet the Spartans, 2008 (Extended Version) (HBO)Miracle in Milan, 1951My Best Friend’s Girl, 2008 (Extended Version) (HBO)Navy Seals, 1990 (HBO)Nightcrawler, 2014 (HBO)No Place on Earth, 2012 (HBO)Nothing But Trouble, 1991 (HBO)Oliver!, 1968Open Season 2, 2008Open Season, 2006Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, 2016 (HBO)Promised Land, 2012 (HBO)Rock Dog, 2016 (HBO)Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob!S.W.A.T. (Movie), 2003Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, 2012 (HBO)Slacker, 1990Spotlight, 2015 (HBO)Terms of Endearment, 1983 (HBO)The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1996The American President, 1995The Bad News Bears, 1976 (HBO)The Bad News Bears Go to Japan, 1978 (HBO)The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, 1977 (HBO)The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957The Eye, 2008 (HBO)The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia , 2013The Perfect Host, 2010 (HBO)The Perfect Storm, 2000The Swimming Pool, 1969The Two Faces of January, 2014The Witch, 2015 (HBO)Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, 2012 (HBO)To the Wonder, 2012Twisted, 2004 (HBO)Waist Deep, 2006 (HBO)Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Season 9Yvonne Orji: A Whole Me, Special Premiere (HBO)
Oct. 2 101 Places to Party Before You Die, Season 1Housing Complex C
Oct. 5 Eraser: Reborn, 2022
Oct. 6 Folklore, Max Original Season 2 PremierePennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler, Max Original Season 3 Premiere
Wahl Street, Max Original Season 2 Premiere
Oct. 7 Habla Loud, Documentary Premiere (HBO)
Oct. 8 Straight Out of Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, 2021
Oct. 9 We Baby Bears
Oct. 10 Avenue 5, Season 2 Premiere (HBO)