Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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: Comedy (Animated)
  • Logline: Tom grapples with being corrupted by the grownups around him each day just by leaving his house. Bad influences seem to lurk around every corner... litigious parents, drug dealing bus drivers and band teachers who want to sleep with his mom. If he sets up a lemonade stand, he gets sued for gross negligence. If he plays baseball, he is encouraged to "dabble with roids." And if he visits the school nurse, he is introduced to the world of insurance fraud. The grownups in Tom's life all mean well, but somehow just can't manage to lead by example.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Steve Dildarian; EP Nick Weidenfeld, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements
  • Studio: ITV Studios, Tomorrow Studios
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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, Zackary Momoh, Uzo Aduba, Corey Hawkins, Tireni Oyenusi 
  • Team: W/EP Danai Gurira; EP Lupita Nyong'o, Andrea Calderwood, Didi Rea, Danielle Del, Nancy Won; D/EP Chinonye Chukwu
  • 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: Limited Series
  • Logline: Charts the emotional journey of five friends during the 1980s, a decade in which everything changed, most notably with the rise of AIDS.
  • Cast: Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Callum Scott Howells, Tracy Ann Oberman, Lydia West
  • Team: W/EP Russell T. Davies; EP Nicola Shindler; P Phil Collinson; D/EP Peter Hoar
  • Studio: RED Production Company
  • 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: 2021

  • Genre: Comedy (Animated)
  • Logline: A married couple, their 5-year-old daughter, and their two divorced best friends/roommates are all living together on the east side of Los Angeles. They're navigating that transitional time in your 30s when life is about growing up, but not growing old. It's about juggling work, kids and pursuing your dreams, while avoiding time-traveling snails, stripper clowns and murderous mannequins. Their life may not be ideal but for now, it's close enough.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP JG Quintel
  • Studio: Cartoon Network Studios
  • Premieres: July 9, 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont are a bundle of contradictions and hormones. These sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Mindy Kaling; EP Howard Klein
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Kaling International, 3 Arts Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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 Dana Calvo; EP Jon Spaihts, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert; Co-P Kevin J. Anderson; D/EP Denis Villeneuve
  • Studio: Legendary Television
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in the 1970s Southwest, the life of a gutsy getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate goes from awful to wildly, stupidly, dangerously awful.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP J.J. Abrams, LaToya Morgan; EP Ben Stephenson; Co-EP Rachel Rusch Rich
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robots Production
  • Premieres: 2021


  • 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 PlimptonJustice Smith, Chloe East, Michael Johnston, Uly Schlesinger, Haley Sanchez, Nava Mau, Nathanya Alexander, Lukita Maxwell, Chase Sui Wonders, Sam Trammell
  • 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, Good Thing Going 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: Kristen Bell (narrator), Emily Alyn Lind, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Jason Gotay, Tavi Gevinson, Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Zion Moreno, Savannah Smith 
  • Team: W/EP Joshua Safran; EP Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Fake Empire Productions
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Still set in the 1950s and featuring big musical numbers from the era combined with new original songs, this spinoff of the 1978 film Grease will explore the peer pressure of high school, the horrors of puberty and life in middle America with a modern sensibility. 
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Annabel Oakes; EP Erik Feig
  • Studio: Paramount Television, Picturestart, Temple Hill Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Based on the DC Comics character, Green Lantern.
  • Cast:
  • Team: EP Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment, Berlanti Productions
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Based on the DC Comics characters from the "Justice League Dark Universe."
  • Cast:
  • Team: EP J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson; Co-EP Rachel Rusch Rich
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robots Production
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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, Billy MagnussenRay Romano, Noma Dumezweni, Dan Bakkedahl, Augusto Aguilera, Raymond Lee (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Patrick Somerville; EP Alissa Nutting, Liza Chasin, Dean Bakopoulos; D/EP S.J. Clarkson
  • Studio: Paramount Television
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Inspired by and featuring iconic characters from Stephen King's The Shining, the drama explores the untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction.
  • Cast:
  • Team: EP J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson; Co-EP Rachel Rusch Rich
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robots Production
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Comedy (Animated)
  • Logline: A send-up of the British Royals as told through the eyes of a young Prince George, the eldest child of Prince William and Princess Kate. Each episode will see George finding his path in life as a young prince in modern times - from the 775 rooms of Buckingham Palace to his family's sea of corgis to primary school with commoners.
  • Cast: Gary Janetti, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Lucy Punch, Tom Hollander, Alan Cumming, Frances De La Tour, Iwan Rheon
  • Team: W/EP Gary Janetti
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Two androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious, virgin planet. As the colony of humans divides over religious differences, the androids learn controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous, difficult job.
  • Cast: Travis FimmelAmanda Collin, Abubakar Salim, Winta McGrath, Niamh Algar, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Jordan Loughran, Aasiya Shah, Ivy Wong, Matias Varela 
  • Team: W/EP Aaron Guzikowski; EP David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, Adam Kolbrenner, Robyn Meisinger, Mark Huffam; D/EP Ridley Scott
  • Studio: Scott Free Productions, Madhouse Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Comedy (Animated)
  • Logline: When the successor to Santa Claus is poached by Amazon on Christmas Eve, the highest-ranking female elf in the North Pole, Candy Smalls, goes for her ultimate dream - to become the first woman Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.
  • Cast: Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen
  • Team: W/EP Alexandra Rushfield; EP Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Amy Zvi, Rosa Tran
  • Studio: Lionsgate Television, Point Grey Pictures
  • 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: Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, David Wilmot, Matilda Lawler, Nabhaan Rizwan, Philippine Velge, Gael García Bernal (recurring), Danielle Deadwyler (recurring)
  • 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: Anthology (Episodic)
  • Logline: Featuring characters across the DC Comics world, each episode will explore closed-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans. 
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP John Stephens; EP Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter; P Charlie Huston
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment, Berlanti Productions
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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, Odessa Young, Ella Rumpf, Rinko Kikuchi 
  • Team: W/EP J.T. Rogers; EP Ansel Elgort, John Lesher, Emily Gerson Saines, Alan Poul; D/EP Destin Daniel Cretton, Michael Mann
  • Studio: Endeavor Content
  • Premieres: 2020

  • Genre: Anthology (Episodic)
  • Logline: Each episode will feature fictional stories that cover a range of genres and a future that could result from the rapid warming of our planet. Inspired by the novel by David Wallace-Wells and the New York Magazine article of the same name.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP/D Adam McKay; EP Kevin Messick, Paul Lee, Mark Roybal, David Kaplan, Andrea Roa
  • Studio: Hyperobject Industries, wiip
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: A dark mentorship forms between a Las Vegas diva and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.
  • Cast: Jean Smart
  • Team: W/EP Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky; EP Mike Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett
  • Studio: Universal Television, Paulilu Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment, First Thought Productions
  • Premieres: 2021

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  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Marlon Wayans stars as a fictionalized version of himself as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and father with being Marlon.
  • Cast: Marlon Wayans
  • Team: W/EP Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
  • Studio:
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in a near future where America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, the island of Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone separating the two sides, largely destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. A fierce female medic saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords who now control the lawless island, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone there has lost: hope.
  • Cast: Rosario DawsonBenjamin BrattFreddy Miyares 
  • Team: W/EP Roberto Patino; D/EP Ava DuVernay
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Array Filmworks
  • Notes: Based on the DC Comics story created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli.

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: A sweet, optimistic young cop and a creepy, crime-obsessed teenager team up to solve a murder.
  • Cast: Sonya Cassidy, Miles J. Harvey, Carla Jimenez, Max Casella, Phillipa Soo
  • Team: W/EP Aaron Brownstein, Simon Ganz; EP Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger, Jeff Ross, Larry Sullivan; D/EP Randall Einhorn
  • Studio: Conaco
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Comedy (Multi-Camera)
  • Logline: A group of overachieving high school students meet their greatest challenge - a teacher who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Amy Pocha, Seth Cohen; SR/EP Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley; EP Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold; Co-EP Lisa Katzer
  • Studio: Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Doozer Productions
  • Notes: Reboot of the ABC comedy that aired from 1986-91.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Inspired by Julia Child's extraordinary life and her show The French Chef, which essentially invented food television. Through Julia and her singular can-do spirit, the series explores an evolving time in American history - the emergence of a new social institution called public television, feminism and the women's movement, the nature of celebrity, and America's cultural growth. At its heart, the show is a portrait of a marriage with an evolving and complicated power dynamic.
  • Cast: Sarah Lancashire, Tom Hollander, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott, Bebe Neuwirth, Isabella Rossellini (guest), Jefferson Mays (guest)
  • Team: W/EP Daniel Goldfarb; SR/EP Christopher Keyser; EP Erwin Stoff, Kimberly Carver; D/EP Charles McDougall
  • Studio: Lionsgate Television, 3 Arts Entertainment
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Set in 1970s Los Angeles, an earnest young feminist joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women.
  • Cast: 
  • Team: W/EP Ellen Rapoport; EP Paul Feig, Dan Magnante
  • Studio: Lionsgate Television, Feigco Entertainment
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  • 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
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  • 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.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Young author Mary Shelley leads a band of romantic outlaws - among them, her lovers Percy and Lord Byron - against all manner of supernatural threats and monsters - including the Frankenstein author's own iconic Creature.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Tessa Leigh Williams, James DeWille
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television
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  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in the 1990s, a girl is caught between two worlds - the fast paced lifestyle of Las Vegas and her strong Mormon faith and community.
  • Cast: Reagan RozasJordana Spiro, Josh Andrés Rivera, West Duchovny, Kyanna Simpson, Emma Meisel, Lexi Simonsen, Kevin Rahm, Da'Vinchi, Coolio (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Sarah-Raquel Jimenez; EP Michael Showalter, Jordana Mollick, Michael Lewen; D/EP Gillian Robespierre
  • Studio: Semi-Formal Productions
  • Notes: