Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HBO Max - 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: Ifemelu is a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London. The series is an incredible exploration of the human experience that cross three continents to give an empathetic, compelling view of the complex realities of race, politics, immigration and identity. Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • Cast: Lupita Nyong'o
  • Team: W/EP Danai Gurira; EP Lupita Nyong'o, Andrea Calderwood, Didi Rea, Danielle Del, Nancy Won
  • Studio: Plan B Entertainment, Potboiler Television, D2 Productions, Eba Productions
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Animated)
  • Logline: The adventures of self-proclaimed "Civil Rights Legend" Robert "Granddad" Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley. The family has recently moved to an idyllic community in suburban Maryland only to see it taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime. Life under Ruckus turns out to be an everyday struggle to survive. Revival of the Adult Swim comedy that aired from 2005-14.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Aaron McGruder; EP Norm Aladjem, Seung Kim, Meghann Collins Robertson
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Television, Mainstay Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: The goddess Circe transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able to challenge gods, titans and monsters alike. Based on the novel by Madeline Miller.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
  • Studio: Endeavor Content, Chernin Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in a future in which humanity has spread across the galaxy to thousands of worlds, all ruled by the Padishah Emperor, The Imperium. A mysterious order of women - the Bene Gesserit, who are given abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind - expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis - known to its inhabitants as Dune. Based on the novel by Frank Herbert.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Jon Spaihts; SR/EP Dana Calvo; EP Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert; Co-P Kevin J. Anderson; D/EP Denis Villeneuve
  • Studio: Legendary Television
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Cassandra Bowden, a binge-drinking flight attendant prone to blackouts, wakes up one morning next to a dead body and begins to lie as she looks to fill in the blanks from the fateful night in Dubai. Based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian.
  • Cast: Kaley Cuoco
  • Team: W/EP Steve Yockey; SR/EP Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ulin; EP Kaley Cuoco, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter; Co-EP Suzanne McCormack; D/EP Susanna Fogel
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, Yes Norman Productions
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The new series will address just how much social media - and the landscape of New York itself - has changed in the intervening years. Reboot of The CW drama that aired from 2007-2012.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Joshua Safran; EP Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Fake Empire Productions
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Animated)
  • Logline: Set in Shanghai in the 1920s, 10-year-old Sam Wing meets the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/Co-EP Tze Chun; EP Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Sam Register; Co-EP Brendan Hay
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Amblin Television
  • Premieres: 2020

LOVE LIFE
  • Genre: Anthology (Season-Long)
  • Logline: The journey from first love to last love and how the people we're with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. Each season will follow a different protagonist's quest for love with each half-hour episode telling the story of one of their relationships.
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Chao, Sasha Compere, Peter Vack
  • Team: W/EP/D Sam Boyd; EP Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Bridget Bedard; Co-EP Dan Magnante
  • Studio: Lionsgate Television, FeigCo
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Hazel Green is a 30-something woman on the run after 10 years of marriage to an unstable, needy and possibly sociopathic tech billionaire. She discovers her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device called the Made for Love in her brain, allowing him to track and watch her and even know her feelings. Based on the novel by Alissa Nutting.
  • Cast: Cristin Milioti 
  • Team: W/EP Patrick Somerville; EP Alissa Nutting, Liza Chasin, Dean Bakopoulos; D/EP S.J. Clarkson
  • Studio: WarnerMedia Entertainment, Paramount Television
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: A young woman in London who works two dead-end jobs has to navigate the awkward morning after when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star.
  • Cast: Rose Matafeo
  • Team: W/EP Rose Matafeo; EP Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett
  • Studio: Avalon Television
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Set in a world where survivors of a devastating flu try to rebuild and reimagine the world while holding on to the best of what's been lost. Based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Patrick Somerville; EP Scott Steindorff, Scott Delman, Dylan Russell; Co-EP Nate Matteson; D/EP Hiro Murai
  • Studio: Paramount Television
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: An American journalist embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption. The series details his daily descent into the neon soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem. Based on the non-fiction book by Jake Adelstein.
  • Cast: Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe 
  • Team: W/EP J.T. Rogers; EP Ansel Elgort, John Lesher, Emily Gerson Saines, Alan Poul; D/EP Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Studio: Endeavor Content
  • Premieres: 2020

ORDERED TO PILOT

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: After a life-changing event, Delilah's first step toward putting her life back together is to introduce herself to a complete stranger who may or may not be her real father, and his family. The only question is: how much damage can one person do while trying to get their own life back on track? The answer is, quite a bit.
  • Cast: Jessica Rothe, Michael McKean 
  • Team: W/EP Kirker Butler; EP Jessica Rothe, Sharon Horgan, Aisling Bea, Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
  • Studio: Kapital Entertainment, Merman
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama (Half-Hour)
  • Logline: A group of high school students' exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.
  • Cast: Martha Plimpton 
  • Team: W/EP/D Daniel Barnz; W/Co-EP Zelda Barnz; EP Ben Barnz, Lena Dunham; P Marissa Diaz
  • Studio: We're Not Brothers Productions
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Eight young adults arrive at an isolated house as strangers - all for different reasons - and quickly realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Sara Gran; EP John Wells, Erin Jontow
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, John Wells Productions
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in 1960s New York City, three troubled siblings - Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens - wrestle with "abnormalities" that have kept them isolated. But the tumultuous times unearth the extraordinary discovery that they are, in fact, descendants of a bloodline of witches. In their aspirational journey toward self-discovery and self-acceptance, they'll contend with grief, war, bigotry and dark magic, not to mention a centuries-old curse designed to keep them away from love. Based on the novels Rules of Magic and Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Melissa Rosenberg; EP Dana Baratta, Denise Di Novi, Nina Tassler, Alice Hoffman
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Tall Girls Productions, PatMa Productions
  • Notes: Additional scripts ordered.