Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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 (Sketch)
  • Logline: Set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests, the show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women.
  • Cast: Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis, Quinta Brunson
  • Team: W/EP Robin Thede; SR/Co-EP Lauren Ashley Smith; EP Issa Rae, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Tony Hernandez, Brooke Posch; P John Skidmore, Deniese Davis, Montrel McKay
  • Studio: Jax Media, 3 Arts Entertainment, Issa Rae Productions
  • Premieres: August 2, 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: A bioengineer discovers the gene that makes a person an asshole and attempts to answer the questions nagging at all of us: Why do assholes exist? Why have they come to dominate our culture? And can they be cured?
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Mike Judge, Etan Cohen; EP Michael Rotenberg
  • Studio: 3 Arts Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2020

AVENUE 5

  • 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: 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: 2020

  • 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: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: The American Gilded Age in 1885 was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new money, which is being reflected again today. Against this backdrop comes young Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Southern general, who moves into the home of her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. Accompanied by the mysterious Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her stupendously rich neighbors, led by a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife struggling for acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path in this exciting new world that is on the brink of transformation into the modern age?
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Julian Fellowes; EP Gareth Neame; D/EP Michael Engler
  • Studio: Universal Television
  • Premieres: 2020

  • 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

HIS DARK MATERIALS
  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. Based on the book trilogy by Sir Philip Pullman.
  • Cast: Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Clarke Peters, Ian Gelder, Will Keen, Ariyon Bakare, Georgina Campbell, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo, Lucian Msamati, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell, Simon Manyonda, Simon Strutt, Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson, Tyler Howitt, Archie Barnes, Ruta Gedmintas
  • Team: W/EP Jack Thorne; EP Toby Emmerich, Deborah Forte, Julie Gardner, Carolyn Blackwood, Chris Irving, Philip Pullman, Jane Tranter, Piers Wenger; D/EP Tom Hooper
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • Premieres: 2019

  • 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, Melissa Leo, Rosie O'Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn
  • 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: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in the world of international finance, a group of young graduates compete for a limited set of permanent positions at a top investment bank in London - but the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs and ego as it is by deals and dividends. As members of the group rise and fall, they must decide whether life is about more than the bottom line.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Konrad Kay, Mickey Down; EP Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon, Ryan Rasmussen; D/EP Lena Dunham
  • Studio: Bad Wolf
  • Premieres: 2020

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, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jamie Harris, Abbey Lee (replacing Elizabeth Debicki), Jamie Chung, Jordan Patrick Smith, Jamie Neumann (recurring), Erica Tazel (recurring), Mac Brandt (recurring), Tony Goldwyn (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Misha Green; EP Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson; D/EP Yann Demange, Daniel Sackheim
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Monkeypaw Productions
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: A small-town Pennsylvania detective investigates a local murder at a time when her own life is crumbling around her.
  • Cast: Kate Winslet
  • Team: W/EP Brad Ingelsby; EP Kate Winslet, Gordon Gray, Paul Lee, Mark Roybal; D/EP Gavin O'Connor
  • Studio: wiip, Mayhem Pictures
  • Premieres: 2020

  • 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, Cameron Boyce, Domenick LombardozziJasmine Cephas Jones (recurring)
  • 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: Laura Donnelly 
  • Team: W/EP/D Joss Whedon; W/EP Jane Espenson, Douglas Petrie; EP Bernadette Caulfield
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: A sequel series to The Young Pope.
  • Cast: Jude Law, John Malkovich, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, Maurizio Lombardi, Mark Ivanir, Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Massimo Ghini
  • Team: W/EP/D Paolo Sorrentino; W/EP Umberto Contarello, Stefano Bises; EP Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani
  • Studio: FremantleMedia International
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: In the summer of 2014, three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants. Israel is shocked, shaken and furious. Two days later, the burned body of a Palestinian teenager from eastern Jerusalem is found in a forest on the western outskirts of the city. In the ensuing days, an agent from the internal terror division of the Shin Bet investigates the murder, while the parents of the slain teenager begin their long and anguished journey toward justice and consolation.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Hagai Levi, Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu-Wael; EP Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Karni Ziv, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Noah Stollman, Michael Lombardo
  • Studio: Keshet Studios, Movie Plus
  • Premieres: August 12, 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, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vazquez, Jeremy Bobb, Marc Menchaca, Hettienne Park (recurring), Michael Esper (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Richard Price; EP Jack Bender, Marty Bowen, Michael Costigan; P Ben Mendelsohn; D/EP Jason Bateman, Andrew Bernstein
  • Studio: Aggregate Films, Temple Hill Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Set in 1932 Los Angeles, while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming. Oil! Olympic games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! When the case of the decade breaks down his door, low-rent private investigator Perry Mason's relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
  • Cast: Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Gayle Rankin, Lili Taylor
  • Team: W/EP Rolin Jones, Ron Fitzgerald; EP Robert Downey Jr., Matthew Rhys, Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, Joe Horacek; D/EP Tim Van Patten
  • Studio: Team Downey
  • Premieres: 2020

  • 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: Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, John Turturro, Anthony Boyle, Azhy Robertson, Caleb Malis
  • 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: 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: The story of humanity's struggle against the tyranny of convenience. Based on the novel by Marc-Uwe Kling.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Mike Judge, Josh Lieb; EP Michael Rotenberg
  • Studio: Lionsgate Television, 3 Arts Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2020

  • 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, Walton Goggins (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP/D Danny McBride; EP Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley, Brandon James
  • Studio: Rough House Pictures
  • Premieres: August 18, 2019

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Ruby Dixie is a woman living a humdrum existence. She functions like clockwork but feels like a fraud. One day she gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.
  • 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
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Set on a mysterious island off the coast of Britain, Sam encounters the island's secretive inhabitants and their strange rituals. Fantasy and reality begin to blur for Sam, triggering past traumas, and brings him into conflict with the islanders.
  • Cast: Jude Law, Katherine Waterston 
  • Team: W/EP Dennis Kelly; EP Adrian Sturges; D/EP Marc Munden
  • Studio: Sky Studios, Plan B Entertainment, Punchdrunk International
  • Premieres: 2020

  • 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: 2020

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Grace Sachs 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. Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's book You Should Have Known.
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland, Noah Jupe, Edgar Ramirez, Lily Rabe, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Matilda De Angelis, Noma Dumezweni 
  • 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: 2020

  • 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), Hong Chau (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: Drama
  • Logline: A coming of age story about two American teenagers who, along with their military and civilian parents, are living on an American military base in Italy. The series centers on friendship, first-love and all the unknowns of being a teenager, which could happen anywhere, but in this case, happens to be in this little slice of America in Italy.
  • Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Alice Braga, Kid Cudi, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamon, Faith Alabi, Spence Moore II, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier, Sebastiano Pigazzi
  • Team: W/EP/D Luca Guadagnino; EP Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani, Nick Hall, Sean Conway, Riccardo Neri, Francesco Melzi d'Eril
  • Studio: Fremantle, Wildside
  • Premieres: 2020

ORDERED TO PILOT

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: The professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports' most revered and dominant dynasties - a team that defined its era, both on and off the court. With Pat Riley as coach and Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as stars, the Lakers made seven trips to the NBA Finals in the eight-year stretch from 1982-89, winning the title four times.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Max Borenstein; EP Kevin Messick, Jason Shuman; Co-EP Jim Hecht; D/EP Adam McKay
  • Studio:
  • Notes: Based on the non-fiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman.

UNTITLED GAME OF THRONES PREQUEL
  • 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, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, Dixie Egerickx
  • Team: W/EP Jane Goldman; EP George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman, Jim Danger Gray, James Farrell; Co-EP Chris Symes; D/EP S.J. Clarkson
  • Studio:
  • Notes: