HBO Airs Oscar-Nominated “When We Were Bullies” (TV News Roundup)

HBO has acquired the Oscar-nominated documentary When We Were Bullies, which premieres March 30.

“When We Were Bullies” focuses on director Jay Rosenblatt (“Human Remains”, “Phantom Limb”) trying to get people from his 5 years ago. Using a mix of archival footage, animation and modern interviews, Rosenblatt reconstructs both the event and his own shame at what happened.

“Everyone carries pain,” says Rosenblatt in the trailer for the short film released by HBO. “But through this pain I can see yours.”

In addition to directing, Rosenblatt wrote, produced and edited When We Were Bullies. The short film is one of five nominees in the Best Documentary category at the 94th Academy Awards.

“When We Were Bullies” premieres March 30 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. The short film will also air on HBO Max. The 94th Academy Awards will take place on March 27th. Watch the full trailer of the short film below.

Also in today’s TV news roundup:


Amazon Prime Video has announced that “Night Sky,” a new drama series starring Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons, will debut all eight episodes on May 20th. Spacek and Simmons star as Irene and Franklin York, an ordinary couple with a strange secret: In their courtyard lies a buried chamber that serves as a portal to an abandoned planet. When a strange young man (Chai Hansen) enters their lives, the Yorks quickly find that their knowledge of the Vault only scratches the surface of the mystery. “Night Sky” was written and co-executively produced by Holden Miller. Showruns and Executive Produced by Daniel C. Connolly. Other executive producers are Philip Martin and Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen for Mosaic. Amazon Studios and Legendary Television are co-producing the show.


Emmy Award-winning journalist Joelle Martinez has been named the new West Coast bureau chief of CBS News. Martinez joins CBS News from Vice News, where she most recently served as an assistant bureau chief in LA. In her new role as bureau chief, Martinez will oversee CBS News’ news gathering in the region across all broadcast and digital platforms. She will take up her new role on April 4 and will report to Terri Stewart, senior vice president and national editor of CBS News.


The band Lake Street Dive will be headlining the international television festival SeriesFest on May 8th at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. Since forming in 2004, Lake Street Dive has been known for their cross-genre blend of pop, rock and folk sounds. The band consists of founding members Rachael Price (vocals), Bridget Kearney (bass) and Michael Calabrese (drums), along with keyboardist/vocalist Akie Bermiss and touring guitarist James Cornelison. SeriesFest Season 8 will run May 5-11 and will include six days of competitive screenings as well as panels, workshops and previews of upcoming projects. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can purchase tickets to SeriesFest at


Point Road Productions has produced the new documentary, Nothing But Net, in collaboration with NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett’s Content Cartel and Emmy-winner Marc Levin’s Blowback Productions. The documentary takes an in-depth look at the business of college basketball through the lens of an ongoing story about Silvio De Sousa’s NCAA tournament-tied nature. The film follows De Sousa’s journey from the Republic of Angola to the world of NCAA basketball at the University of Kansas and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Starring basketball star Jay Bilas and US Senator Cory Booker, the film is written and directed by Billy Raftery, Jr. (“Angels in Exile”), who is also one of the film’s cinematographers. Executive producers alongside Garnett are Taylor Materne, Heretical Reason Productions’ Todd Stiefel, and Stand Down LLC’s Rueben Schatz and Anthony Killough. Producers are Raftery, Mike Marangu and Levin.


Nickelodeon has ordered a 26-episode second season of The Patrick Star Show. The animated series follows a young Patrick Star who hosts his own variety show while living at home with his family. The SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff is produced by Nickelodeon Animation and stars Bill Fager (Patrick Star), Tom Wilson (Cecil Star), Cree Summer (Squidina Star), Dill Sley (GrandPat) and other SpongeBob voices. The series is executive produced by Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller and is being developed for television by Spinelli, with production being directed by Nickelodeon Current Series Animation VP Kelley Gardner. Jennie Monica is the Vice President of Production at Nickelodeon.

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