HBO Films presentation Paterno debuts on HBO

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Al Pacino in "Paterno"

By Rick Gables

The HBO Films presentation Paterno debuts Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Starring Academy Award® and Emmy® Award winner Al Pacino in the title role, the drama centers on Penn State’s Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno’s legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims.

The film also stars Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse and Larry Mitchell.

Paterno is not a sprawling piece that spans years,” observes director and executive producer Barry Levinson. “It unfolds largely over a two-week period, when we watch the events play out. I’m not following an agenda or trying to tell the audience to take a certain side regarding Coach Paterno. The film lays out the elements of the story and leaves you to make your own judgment. There are times when you may feel one way, and times when you may feel a totally different way, and I think that’s what makes the piece so compelling. Joe Paterno was known as an honorable man, an educator, a humanitarian – so trying to make sense out of what happened is, for me, the most fascinating aspect of the story,” he adds. “What did he understand? What did he not understand?”

Multimedia superstar and sixteen-time ACM Award® winner Reba McEntire will return to host the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15, 2018 airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. This is Reba’s 15th time as the host to Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Chris Stapleton leads with eight nominations in five categories, including his first nod for Entertainer of the Year. Thomas Rhett earned six nominations, including his second in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Keith Urban earned five nominations including his eighth nod for Entertainer of the Year. Songwriter Shane McAnally received five nominations, including Songwriter of the Year. Miranda Lambert received four nominations, including her 12th nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Maren Morris received four nominations, including her second nod in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Season three of The Expanse will premiere Wednesday, April 11, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy. Picking up immediately following the emotional and suspenseful second season finale, the 13-episode third season finds Earth, Mars and The Belt at war, with each competing entity vying for control. Now, more than ever, the mission to unlock the secret of the protomolecule reaches an all-time high and every decision made could jeopardize the survival of the solar system.

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