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: Limited Series
  • 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, Jason Clarke, Joseph Quinn, Gina McKee, Rory Kinnear, Richard Roxburgh, Kevin R. McNally, Sam Palladio, Clive Russell, Lucas Englander, Antonia Clarke, Paul Ritter, Paul Kaye, Thomas Doherty, Raphael Acloque, James Northcoate, Andrew Rothney
  • 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: Limited Series
  • 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, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, Adrian Rawlins, Con O'Neill, Sam Troughton, Adam Nagaitis, Ralph Ineson, Mark Lewis Jones, Fares Fares, David Dencik, Robert Emms, Jay Simpson, Gerard Kearns, Michael Socha, Jamie Sives, Kieran O'Brien, Karl Davies, Billy Postlethwaite, Alex Ferns, James Cosmo
  • Team: W/EP Craig Mazin; EP Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone; D/EP Johan Renck
  • Studio: Sky
  • Premieres: 2019

  • 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; SR/EP Bash Doran; EP Ben Stephenson
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A group of high school students navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. Based on an Israeli format.
  • Cast: Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Algee Smith (replacing Brian "Astro" Bradley), Austin Abrams
  • Team: W/EP Sam Levinson; EP Drake, Future the Prince, Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi, Gary Lennon; D/Co-EP Augustine Frizzell
  • Studio: A24 Television
  • 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, Sofie Gråbøl, Katherine Kelly, Derek Riddell, Veronica Clifford, Sylvia Syms, Brendan Patricks, Caspar Phillipson, Polly Maberly, Lucy Black, Stephanie Hyam, Dino Fetscher, Rupert Vansittart, Michael Xavier
  • Team: W/EP/D Sally Wainwright; EP Piers Wenger, Faith Pinhole
  • Studio: Lookout Point
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Zack is a public defender with the Legal Aid Society of New York, who suffers a sudden psychotic break that takes him on a harrowing journey of delusions and antisocial behavior, resulting in his arrest and commitment to Bellevue. As he fights to regain his sanity, Zack (the Gorilla) turns to the only person who didn't give up on him - his mother (the Bird). Based on the memoir by Zack McDermott.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Bryan Sipe; EP Channing Tatum, Nathan Rose, Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Robin Schwartz, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf; Co-EP Zack McDermott; D/EP Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Studio: Big Beach
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Based on the book by Wally Lamb, the drama follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers, Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness that is set against the backdrop of 20th century America.
  • Cast: Mark Ruffalo
  • Team: W/EP/D Derek Cianfrance; EP Mark Ruffalo, Wally Lamb, Ben Browning, Glen Basner, Gregg Fienberg, Anya Epstein; Co-EP Lynette Howell Taylor, Jamie Patricof
  • Studio: FilmNation Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Set in a dreamy version of present day Mexico City, a group of friends turn their love for horror into a peculiar business. Spoken completely in Spanish.
  • Cast: Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres, Fred Armisen
  • 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
  • Premieres: 2019

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: Jonathan MajorsJurnee Smollett-Bell, Wunmi Mosaku, Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Kenneth Williams 
  • 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: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Based on the book by Tom Perrotta, a coming-of-age story that explores the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of an empty-nest mother) and her college freshman son.
  • Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Jackson White, Casey Wilson, Owen Teague, Jen Richards
  • Team: W/EP Tom Perrotta; EP Jessi Klein, Sarah Condon; D/EP Nicole Holofcener
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A gang of Victorian women find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP/D Joss Whedon
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: A sequel series to The Young Pope.
  • Cast: Jude Law, John Malkovich
  • Team: W/EP/D Paolo Sorrentino; W/EP Umberto Contarello; EP Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani
  • Studio: FremantleMedia International
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case. Based on the novel by Stephen King.
  • Cast: Ben Mendelsohn
  • Team: W/EP Richard Price; EP Jack Bender, Marty Bowen, Michael Costigan; P Ben Mendelsohn; D/EP Jason Bateman
  • Studio: Aggregate Films, Temple Hill Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Set in an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP David Simon, Ed Burns; EP Joe Roth, Nina Noble, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Susan Goldberg, Jeff Kirschenbaum; Co-EP Dennis Straton
  • Studio: Blown Deadline Productions, Annapurna Pictures
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: The story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Cast: Danny McBride, John Goodman, Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz, GregAlan Williams 
  • Team: W/EP/D Danny McBride; EP Jody Hill, David Gordon Green
  • Studio: Rough House Pictures
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: An intricate and magical love story, the drama tells the story of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem - time travel.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Steven Moffat; EP Sue Vertue, Brian Minchin
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Hartswood Films
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • 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, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland 
  • Team: W/EP David E. Kelley; EP Nicole Kidman, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari; D/EP Susanne Bier
  • Studio: David E. Kelley Productions, Blossom Films, Made Up Stories
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in an alternate history where "superheroes" are treated as outlaws, the drama embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel by Alan Moore while attempting to break new ground of its own.
  • Cast: Jeremy IronsRegina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon, Lily Rose Smith, Jean Smart, James Wolk (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Damon Lindelof; EP Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, Joseph Iberti; D/EP Nicole Kassell
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, White Rabbit Productions
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Set in 2019 with Britain rocked by unstable political, economic and technological changes. The lives of the Lyons family converge on one night. Over the next 15 years, viewers see what, if any, effect they had on the world.
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, T'Nia Miller, Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley, Anne Reid
  • Team: W/EP Russell T. Davies; EP Nicola Shindler, Michaela Fereday, Lucy Richer; D/EP Simon Cellan Jones
  • Studio: Red Production Company
  • Premieres: 2019

ORDERED TO PILOT

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

  • 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: Merritt WeverDomhnall Gleeson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Vicky Jones; EP Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emily Leo; D/EP Kate Dennis
  • Studio: Entertainment One, DryWrite, Wigwam Films
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the drama chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend... it's not the story we think we know.
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse 
  • Team: W/EP Jane Goldman; EP George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman, Jim Danger Gray; Co-EP Chris Symes
  • Studio:
  • Notes: