If you were eagerly looking forward to this Summer for new seasons of HBO favorites like Big Love, Entourage, and Flight of the Conchords, here's some bad news: You're going to have to keep waiting. As a result of the writers' strike, all of those shows have been pushed till Fall — if not beyond.
The strike delayed filming on several series, including Entourage and True Blood, the vampire series starring Anna Paquin and written by Six Feet Under's Alan Ball. Those two are now scheduled to start sometime in the Fall. Big Love and Conchords will likely start even later; the Conchords guys recently blogged that season two might not air till January '09. Boo!
What's a disgruntled HBO subscriber to do? Well, there are still a couple of exciting things coming up this summer, including the Iraq war miniseries Generation Kill, which was adapted from a book for television by The Wire's David Simon. That's set to premiere in July, while two comedies — an animated series called The Life and Times of Tim and an Australian import called Summer Heights High — are scheduled to start airing on Fridays in June. Summer Heights High, in particular, comes highly recommended by the Conchords guys themselves. To check out the first part of the first episode, just read more.