5 Best shows & movies coming to HBO Max: January 2023

HBO Max proffers a short slate for its forthcoming month of the new year, with some of its most highly anticipated releases premiering along with some returning reality and sports programs.

HBO Max is looking at a rather brief slate of new shows and movies for the first month of 2023, with some prominent names making their way to the platform.

With the highly anticipated ‘The Last of Us’ releasing next month, Mindy Kaling’s adult animated comedy ‘Velma’ marks the lighter aspect of the forthcoming programming.

Here are the six best shows and movies premiering on HBO Max in January 2023:

Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?

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Cast: Chris Wallace

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The sophomore season of the titular series will feature one-on-one conversations around sports, culture, entertainment, and more with a host of celebrities.

Some of the notable interviewees this season include Jessica Alba, Brian Cox, Ina Garten, and Hugh Jackman.

Release date: January 6, 2023


Cast: Mindy Kaling, Sam Richardson, Constance Wu, Glenn Howerton, Jane Lynch, Melissa Fumero, “Weird Al” Yankovic

An adult animated comedy, ‘Velma’ is a spin-off of the animated cartoon franchise ‘Scooby Doo’. From the mindscape of Mindy Kaling, the animated series delves into the underappreciated brains of the classic mystery-solving member of the Scooby Doo gang.

Release date: January 12, 2023

The Climb

Cast: Jason Momoa, Chris Sharma

‘The Climb’ is a reality tv program about a rock climbing competition, seeing Jason Momoa come together with co-host and legendary climber Chris Sharma to take viewers on a journey of “visually-arresting and life-changing adventure.”

Release date: January 12, 2023

The Last of Us

Cast: Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey

The highly anticipated video game adaptation, ‘The Last of Us’ arrives on HBO Max next month. The story follows a hardened survivor and the young girl he’s tasked with smuggling to safety in a post-zombie-outbreak America.

Release date: January 15, 2023

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

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Cast: Bryant Gumbel

Bryant Gumbel returns with the 29th season of ‘Real Sports’ on HBO Max next month, with the popular investigative sports newsmagazine series delving into an array of in-depth analyses and reports about modern-day sports.

Release date: January 24, 2023

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