Friday, January 1, 2021

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 (Single Camera)
  • Logline: When 38-year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha's life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back? Terrifying and darkly comedic, the series gleefully deconstructs the "joy of motherhood," exploring the powerful anxiety of whether or not to have children, questioning who gets to choose "motherhood" and who doesn't.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Siân Robins-Grace, Lucy Gaymer; EP Jane Featherstone, Carolyn Strauss, Naomi de Pear, Katie Carpenter; D/EP Nicole Kassell
  • Studio: Sky Studios, SISTER, Proverbial Pictures
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: An epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama that deals with a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force, exploring the lengths a family will go to find their missing child.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP J.J. Abrams; SR/EP Kira Snyder, Rand Ravich, Far Shariat; EP Ben Stephenson
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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: Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon (replacing Amanda Peet), Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, Jeanne Tripplehorn (recurring), Audra McDonald (recurring), Kelli O'Hara (recurring), Donna Murphy (recurring), Michael Cerveris (recurring), Debra Monk (recurring), Katie Finneran (recurring), Celia Keenan-Bolger (recurring), Kristine Nielsen (recurring), John Douglas Thompson (recurring), Patrick Page (recurring), Douglas Sills (recurring), Amy Forsyth (recurring), Taylor Richardson (recurring), Kelley Curran (recurring), Ben Ahlers (recurring), Bill Irwin (recurring), Nathan Lane (recurring), Sullivan Jones (recurring), Linda Emond (recurring), Michel Gill (recurring), Ward Horton (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Julian Fellowes; EP Gareth Neame; D/EP Michael Engler
  • Studio: Universal Television
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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: 2021

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set 300 years before the events of HBO's Game of Thrones, this prequel tracks the beginning and the end of House Targaryen. Based on the novel Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin
  • Cast: Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Emma D'Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel 
  • Team: W/EP Ryan Condal, George R.R. Martin; EP Vince Gerardis; D/EP Miguel Sapochnik
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2022

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: American movie star Mira, disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup, comes to France to star as "Irma Vep" in a remake of the French silent film classic Les Vampires. Set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, Mira struggles as the distinctions between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and merge. The series reveals to us the uncertain ground that lies at the border of fiction and reality, artifice and authenticity, art and life. Loosely based on the 1996 feature film.
  • Cast: Alicia Vikander
  • Team: W/EP Olivier Assayas; EP Alicia Vikander, Sylvie Barthet, Sam Levinson, Ashley Levinson, Kevin Turen, Stuart Manashil
  • Studio: A24
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Inspired by real events, Susan and Christopher Edwards are a mild-mannered couple from Mansfield in the U.K. who killed Susan's parents in 1998 and buried them in their back garden. The crime remained undiscovered for over a decade before their convictions and jailing in 2014.
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, David Thewlis, Kate O'Flynn, Dipo Ola, Samuel Anderson, Karl Johnson, Felicity Montagu, Daniel Rigby
  • Team: W/EP Ed Sinclair; EP Olivia Colman, Serena Thompson, Jane Featherstone, Chris Fry; P Katie Carpenter; D/EP Will Sharpe
  • Studio: South of the River Pictures, Sky Studios
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed, hardened survivor Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival. Based on the video game series.
  • Cast: Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna 
  • Team: W/EP Craig Mazin, Neil Druckmann; EP Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan; D/EP Kantemir Balagov
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, Naughty Dog
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in Los Angeles, a killer in uniform has uncaged mayhem upon the streets. Paranoia leads to social disorder as a city wrestles with the mystery of the exterminator in blue - is he mere mortal, or a supernatural force?
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP/D Nicolas Winding Refn, John Hyams; EP Nick Hall, Lene Borglum, Frederic Fiore, Alex Gayner, Efe Cakarel, William Lustig
  • Studio: Logical Pictures, byNWR Originals
  • Premieres: 2022

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: The limited series will examine love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple. Based on the 1973 Swedish series from Ingmar Bergman.
  • Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain (replacing Michelle Williams), Sunita Mani, Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll, Tovah Feldshuh
  • Team: W/EP/D Hagai Levi; EP Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Michael Ellenberg, Lars Blomgren, Daniel Bergman, Blair Breard
  • Studio: Media Res, Endeavor Content
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: For all its vast plains and endless prairies, Kansas can feel confining for someone like Sam Miller. She is a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggles to fit the hometown mold. As she grapples with loss and acceptance, singing is Sam's saving grace and leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders that don't fit in but don't give up. The comedy shows that finding your people, and finding your voice, is possible. Anywhere. Somewhere.
  • Cast: Bridget Everett
  • Team: W/EP Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen; EP Bridget Everett, Carolyn Strauss, Patricia Breen, Mark Duplass, Mel Eslyn, Tyler Romary; D/EP Jay Duplass
  • Studio: The Mighty Mint, Duplass Brothers Productions
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Set amid Oslo's brutal hierarchy of corruption, Sonny Lofthus is an escaped convict and opioid addict who can't recall his past. He's now on the run from the law and toward an unknown truth. Based on the novel by Jo Nesbø.
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Team: W/EP Lenore Zion; EP Jake Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Riva Marker, Athena Wickham, David Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, Michel Litvak, Svetlana Metkina, Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson; D/EP Denis Villeneuve
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Nine Stories Productions, Kilter Films, Bold Films
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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. Based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger.
  • Cast: Rose Leslie, Theo James, Desmin Borges, Natasha Lopez
  • Team: W/EP Steven Moffat; EP Sue Vertue, Brian Minchin
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Hartswood Films
  • Premieres: 2021

  • 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. Based on the non-fiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman.
  • Cast: John C. ReillyJason ClarkeQuincy Isaiah, Solomon Hughes, DeVaughn NixonMolly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, Kirk Bovill, Delante Desouza, Gaby Hoffmann, Hadley Robinson, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Tamera Tomakili, Joey Brooks, Adrien Brody, Sally Field, Michael Chiklis, Bo Burnham, Jason Segel, Sarah Ramos, Brett Cullen, Lola Kirke, Tracy Letts, Julianne Nicholson, Jimel Atkins, LisaGay Hamilton, Andy Hirsch
  • Team: W/EP Max Borenstein; EP Kevin Messick, Jim Hecht, Jason Shuman, Scott Stephens, Rodney Barnes; D/EP Adam McKay
  • Studio: Hyberobject Industries
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Set in Baltimore 2015, riots are erupting across the city as citizens demand justice for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who has died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody. Drug and violent crime are surging, and the city is reaching its highest murder count in more than two decades: 342 homicides in a single year, in a city of just 600,000 people. Facing pressure from the mayor's office - as well as a federal investigation of the department over Gray's death - Baltimore police commanders turn to a rank-and-file hero, Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, and his elite plainclothes unit, the Gun Trace Task Force, to help get guns and drugs off the street. However, behind these new efforts, a criminal conspiracy of unprecedented scale was unfolding within the police department. Based on the novel We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption by investigative journalist Justin Fenton.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP David Simon, George Pelecanos; EP Kary Antholis
  • Studio: Crime Story Media, Blown Deadline Productions
  • Premieres: 2022

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: Based partly on public records from the era and partly on the book Integrity by Egil "Bud" Krogh and Matthew Krogh, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy are President Richard Nixon's political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds who accidentally topple the presidnecy they were zealously trying to protect.
  • Cast: Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Domhnall Gleeson, Lena Headey 
  • Team: W/EP Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck; EP Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Frank Rich, Paul Lee, Nne Ebong; D/EP David Mandel
  • Studio: Wiip, The District
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: A social satire set at an exclusive tropical resort, the series follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week.
  • Cast: Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O'Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney, Steve Zahn, Molly Shannon (recurring), Jon Gries (recurring), Jolene Purdy (recurring), Kekoa Kekumano (recurring), Lukas Gage (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP/D Mike White; EP David Bernad, Nick Hall; Co-EP Mark Kamine
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2021