Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Showtime Pushes Back Premiere of Limited Series 'The Good Lord Bird'; Picks Up U.S. Rights to Drama 'We Hunt Together'

Showtime has today revised the premiere date for the upcoming original limited series The Good Lord Bird developed by and starring Ethan Hawke. Moreover, the premium cable network has picked up the U.S. rights to the British drama We Hunt Together.

The 7-part limited series The Good Lord Bird was originally scheduled to debut on Sunday, August 9 at 10/9c. The premium cable network will now premiere the series on Sunday, October 4 at 9/8c.

Based on the novel by James McBride, the series is told from the point of view of Onion, a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of John Brown's (Hawke) motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas - a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces - and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown's raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. The series weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.

In addition to Hawke, the cast includes Joshua Caleb Johnson, Ellar Coltrane, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Beau Knapp, Nick Eversman, Jack Alcott and Mo Brings Plenty.

Recurring guest stars include Daveed Diggs, David Morse, Steve Zahn, Maya Hawke, Wyatt Russell and Orlando Jones.

Hawke developed the series with Mark Richard. They executive produce with Jason Blum, Ryan Hawke, Padraic McKinley, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, James McBride, Brian Taylor, Marshall Persinger, David Schiff and director Albert Hughes. Blumhouse Television produces.

The original drama series We Hunt Together was originally commissioned by the British network Alibi. Showtime will release the 6-episode season starting on Sunday, August 9 at 10/9c.

The cat-and-mouse thriller begins with the collision of two people - Baba, a former child soldier desperate to suppress his predisposition for violence; and Freddy, a magnetic and disarmingly charming free spirit. When Baba rescues Freddy from an attack following a date that has turned sour, something dark is ignite in them both. Meanwhile, DI Lola Franks and DCI Jackson Reid try to outsmart the killers, despite their polar opposite outlooks on the culpability of the criminal mind.

The drama stars Eve Myles, Babou Ceesay, Hermione Corfield and Dipo Ola.

Gaby Hull created the drama, with Carl Tibbetts directing. They executive produce with Hilary Salmon, Anne Pivcevic and Esther Springer.