HBO’s Comedic Duo Flight Of The Conchords Up For A Grammy And Set To Tour

The New Zealand comedic music group Flight of the Conchords wraps up their second season on HBO as they announce plans to tour North America and are poised to take home a second Grammy in the best comedy album category.

Group members Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement cultivated their act as an improvised BBC radio series referring to themselves as “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.” Their self-titled HBO series premiered in the United States and Canada in 2007 and follows the pair as they fictitiously try to achieve success as an indie band in New York City.

Flight of the Conchords will launch their North American tour this spring on April 6th.

TOUR DATES:
April 6: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay PAC)

April 7: Coral Gables, Fla. (U of M Bank United Center)

April 8: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)

April 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)

April 11: Atlanta (Fox Theater)

April 13: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)

April 14: New York (Radio City Music Hall) …..

Oprah Winfrey Signs Exclusive Movie Deal With HBO

Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo Films has signed an exclusive deal to develop and produce movies and miniseries for premium cable channel HBO.

The new three-year deal which begins in 2009 ends the long standing relationship Harpo Films has had with ABC that produced the Emmy-award winning films Tuesdays with Morrie and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Kate Forte, president of Harpo Films said, “it just seemed like a natural progression to move to HBO.”

“Over the last year, every time that I was bringing up projects to Oprah, every time she’d say ‘this is perfect for HBO,” Forte added.

Winfrey’s own channel, aptly named OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, is debuting next year but is expected to focus on non-scripted programming.

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ObamaNation: HBO Acquires Rights To Ed Norton-Produced Documentary On Obama Campaign

Cable TV network HBO has acquired the rights to a documentary about the new President-elect Barack Obama for a reported seven figures.

The untitled documentary chronicles Obama’s history in politics and is being produced by actor Edward Norton.

“Senator Obama’s history-making race for the White House has given our film a perfect framework to explore the pulse of the country at this vital moment in our history,” said Norton whose production company Norton’s Class 5 Films approached the Obama camp in early 2006.

HBO plans to release the film next year.