Thursday, December 5, 2019

HBO Max Gives Series Order to Dramedy 'Generation' Starring Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton

HBO Max has today given a series order to the original dramedy series Generation starring Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton. The first season will produce 10 episodes for the forthcoming streaming service.

The series follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.

In addition to Smith and Plimpton, the dramedy stars Chloe East, Michael Johnston, Uly Schlesinger, Haley Sanchez, Nava Mau, Nathanya Alexander, Lukita Maxwell, Chase Sui Wonders and Sam Trammell.

18-year-old Zelda Barnz co-created the dramedy with her father Daniel Barnz, who also directed the pilot. Executive producers include Daniel Barnz, Ben Barnz and Lena Dunham. Zelda Barnz will co-executive produce, while Marissa Diaz will serve as a producer. We're Not Brothers Productions and Good Thing Going Productions will produce.

"I wanted to see myself and kids my own age represented on TV in a way that felt real, without judgment or nostalgia," said Zelda Barnz. "I'm so appreciative of my mentor and soul-sister Lena Dunham for all her support and guidance, and so thankful to HBO Max for making this crazy dream come true."

"I have fallen head over heels for this brilliant family, who have allowed their 18-year-old daughter Zelda to express herself in a way that's both effortlessly funny and plumbs the depths of the adolescent experience," added Dunham. "Daniel's direction is sensitive and artful and as a producer, Ben is equally committed to rigor and fun. I cannot wait for people to see Zelda's brilliance come to life and to meet this insanely impressive cast of honest, powerful performers and I'm so excited to be a part of the soon to be juggernaut of HBO Max."

"Daniel and Zelda are an incredibly passionate team with true vision and authenticity, providing an inside look at the windy path many adolescents have to navigate as they come to terms with their identity and sexuality in Generation," said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max.

"Zelda has a particular ability to speak to and about her generation with humor and relatability, only brought further to life by this incredible cast," added Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer of HBO Max and President of TBS, TNT and TruTV. "We couldn't be prouder of a show to mark our first pilot to series order for HBO Max."