Monday, January 1, 2018

HBO - Upcoming Shows and Pilots


(W: Writer, D: Director, EP: Executive Producer, Co-EP: Co-Executive Producer, P: Producer, SR: Showrunner)

ORDERED TO SERIES

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Walt's 45th birthday was supposed to be a delightful weekend back to nature, at least according to his obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife Kathryn. But when the camping trip gathers Kathryn's meek sister, holier than thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited Tagalong in one place, it becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman on woman crime that won't soon be forgotten. Plus, bears.
  • Cast: Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, Juliette Lewis, Janicza Bravo, Arturo Del Puerto, Brett Gelman, Bridget Everett, Ione Skye 
  • Team: W/EP Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner; EP Julia Davis, Christine Langan, Ilene S. Landress
  • Studio: A Casual Romance, Baby Cow Productions
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Miniseries
  • Logline: Delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history. Catherine wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century - strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman. The series follows Catherine toward the end of her reign and her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin. Amid scandal, intrigue and conflict, this is a story of obsessive love. Unable to publicly marry and famously promiscuous, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together shaping Russia as we know it today.
  • Cast: Helen Mirren
  • Team: W/EP Nigel Williams; EP Helen Mirren, David M. Thompson, Charlie Pattinson; P Jules Hussey; D/EP Philip Martin
  • Studio: Sky, Origin Pictures, New Pictures
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Miniseries
  • Logline: A tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.
  • Cast: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
  • Team: W/EP Craig Mazin; EP Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone; D/EP Johan Renck
  • Studio: Sky
  • Premieres: 2018

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone - freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.
  • Cast: 
  • Team: W/EP David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Malcolm Spellman; EP Carolyn Strauss, Bernadette Caulfield
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: An epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP J.J. Abrams; EP Ben Stephenson
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions
  • Premieres: 2019

GENTLEMAN JACK
  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in 1832 Halifax, landowner Anne Lister is determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines her relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals; and most importantly, with her would-be-wife, the wealthy heiress Ann Walker.
  • Cast: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole, Peter Davison, Amelia Bullmore, Vincent Franklin, Shaun Dooley, Joe Armstrong, Jodhi May, Rosie Cavaliero, Thomas Howes, Jessica Baglow, Albane Courtois, Ben Hunter
  • Team: W/EP/D Sally Wainwright; EP Piers Wenger, Faith Pinhole
  • Studio: Lookout Point
  • Premieres: 2018

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Atticus Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
  • Cast: Jurnee Smollett-Bell 
  • Team: W/EP Misha Green; EP Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson; D/EP Yann Demange
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Monkeypaw Productions
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Miniseries
  • Logline: A sequel series to The Young Pope starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP/D Paolo Sorrentino; W/EP Umberto Contarello; EP Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani
  • Studio: FremantleMedia International
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Reporter Camille Preaker - fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital - faces a troubling assignment: She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille hardly has spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful 13-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story - and survive this homecoming.
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, Madison Davenport, Chris Messina, Taylor John Smith, Matt Craven, Will Chase, Jackson Hurst, Jennifer Aspen, Lulu Wilson 
  • Team: W/EP Marti Noxon; EP Gillian Flynn, Jason Blum, Charles Layton, Jessica Rhoades, Nathan Ross; D/EP Jean-Marc Vallee
  • Studio: Blumhouse Productions, Entertainment One
  • Premieres: 2018

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: The saga of an American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. The drama will explore family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century.
  • Cast: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfayden, Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, Rob Yang, Parker Sawyers, Peter Friedman, Ashley Zukerman (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Jesse Armstrong; EP Will Ferrell, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod; D/EP Adam McKay
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: June 3, 2018

  • Genre: Miniseries
  • Logline: Eleanor Flood wakes up determined to be her best self - but then life happens. Taking place over a single day, it's a portrait of one woman's fumbling but valiant attempt to navigate the perils and grace of modern life.
  • Cast: Julia Roberts
  • Team: W/EP Maria Semple; EP Julia Roberts, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle
  • Studio: Annapurna Television, Red Om Films
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's book You Should Have Known, the psychological thriller revolves around Grace Sachs, who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She's a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster - and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice - Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman
  • Team: W/EP David E. Kelley; EP Nicole Kidman, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari
  • Studio: David E. Kelley Productions, Blossom Films, Made Up Stories
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Based on actual events, the drama follows the tragic torrent of violence that followed the disappearance of, and intensive search for, three Israeli teens during the summer of 2014. An idealistic investigator for the Shin Bet (the Israeli equivalent of the FBI) deals with the ramifications of violent reactions on both sides of the escalating conflict. A new command position thrusts him into a confrontation that undermines his faith and worldview, leading to a dramatic conflict between his values and the actions of those closest to him.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Hagai Levi, Noah Stollman; EP Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Karni Ziv, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Michael Lombardo; D/EP Joseph Cedar
  • Studio: Keshet Studios
  • Premieres: 2019

ORDERED TO PILOT

AVENUE 5
  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Set in the future and mostly in space.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Armando Iannucci
  • Studio:
  • Notes: Backup scripts also ordered.

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Set in a dreamy version of present day Mexico City, a group of friends are obsessed with horror films and monster makeup.
  • Cast: Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres
  • Team: W/EP Fred Armisen; W/Co-EP Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres; EP Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer; Co-EP Alice Mathias; D/EP Fernando Frias
  • Studio: Broadway Video, Más Mejor
  • Notes: Spanish language series.

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: An empty-nest mom and her college student son embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results. It's a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on our most intimate relationships.
  • Cast: Kathryn Hahn
  • Team: W/EP Tom Perrotta; EP Jessi Klein, Sarah Condon; D/EP Nicole Holofcener
  • Studio:
  • Notes: Based on the book of the same name.

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: 15 years ago, ex-lovers made a pact that if they ever needed to escape life, they could send each other a simple text message - "RUN" - and impulsively disappear together. This is their story.
  • Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Vicky Jones; EP Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emily Leo
  • Studio: Entertainment One, DryWrite, Wigwam Films
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union. It revolves around a group of mostly retired American superheroes who investigate the murder of one of their own and in the process uncover a conspiracy that could change the course of history as we know it.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Damon Lindelof; D/EP Nicole Kassell
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television
  • Notes: Based on the comic book series by Alan Moore. Backup scripts also ordered.