As the streaming wars continue to rage, WarnerMedia has moved to strip Netflix of its subscribers’ beloved Friends ahead of launching a new service called HBO Max.
Debuting in spring 2020, the streaming platform is set to be stacked with programming from Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, the CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more.
However, HBO Max will also feature original programming that includes four shows produced by Ellen DeGeneres, two films produced by Reese Witherspoon, four films geared toward young adults from mega-producer Greg Berlanti, and the following television shows:
Let Them All Talk: This original Steven Soderbergh-directed film stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author who goes on a therapeutic road trip with her friends, played by Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen. Her nephew (Lucas Hedges) tags along and becomes involved with her literary agent (Gemma Chan).
Grease: Rydell High: This spin-off of the popular 1978 movie musical will still take place in the 1950s and feature new and old characters dealing with high school problems in 20th-century small-town USA.
Search Party: The critically acclaimed comedy-noir hybrid is moving from TBS to the streaming platform for its third and fourth seasons.
Americanah: Executive producer Lupita Nyong’o has recruited Black Panther costar (and Tony-nominated playwright) Danai Gurira to adapt Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s epic novel about the experiences of a Nigerian woman who immigrates to America. Nyong’o will play the protagonist, Ifemelu, in the 10-episode limited series.
The Boondocks: Originally a comic strip, this animated television series won much acclaim during its run on Adult Swim before creator and showrunner Aaron McGruder left the project in season 4. McGruder returns to the suburban satire for two seasons, plus a special.
Gossip Girl: The original creative team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have tapped showrunner Josh Safran (Smash) to reboot the iconic CW series based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s YA novels. The show will spend 10 episodes centering on a new group of elite private school teens in New York City, and track how things have changed since the last iteration of the show.
The Flight Attendant: Kaley Cuoco produces and stars in this hourlong thriller series based on Chris Bohjalian’s 2018 novel about a flight attendant who wakes up hungover next to a dead body. Berlanti will also serve as executive producer.
Station Eleven: Patrick Somerville, of Maniac fame, is adapting Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel that follows survivors of a devastating flu as they recover and rebuild society. Hiro Murai will direct and executive-produce the 10-episode limited series.
Made for Love: Also from showrunner Somerville, this 10 episode half-hour series is an adaptation of the gonzo sci-fi comedy novel written by Alisa Nutting; S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones) will direct and executive-produce.
Gremlins: The team behind the upcoming Animaniacs reboot is working with showrunner Tze Chun to make an animated prequel series to the 1984 comedy-horror movie Gremlins. It will depict young Sam Wing (the shop owner in the movie) meeting Gizmo and going on an adventure through Shanghai that puts them into contact with all sorts of monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore.
Sesame Street: The famed children’s series and its multiple spin-offs are moving from HBO to HBO Max for the next five seasons.
Little Ellen: This 2D animated children’s show follows a 7-year-old DeGeneres on adventures around her hometown of New Orleans, taking in music and life lessons.
Ellen’s Home Design Challenge: As eight designers are given challenges that push their creativity, DeGeneres will weigh in with color commentary.
First Dates Hotel: Based on a U.K. format, this dating series features multiple generations of people get tailor-made romantic first dates. Contestants will decide at the end of there is a love connection, and can choose to stay one for a second date to ensure they’ve found a match.
Finding Einstein: This docuseries will focus on finding and cultivating the next generation of Albert Einsteins.
UNpregnant: As part of executive producer Greg Berlanti’s deal, one of the first films from Warnermedia’s streaming service tackles the hot-button topic of abortion. Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira star as two teens going on a road trip to New Mexico for Richardson’s character to make a decision about terminating her pregnancy before college. The YA novel adaptation will be directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg.
Dune: The Sisterhood: From the mind of Denis Villeneuve, who is currently directing a film version of the initial book in Frank Herbert’s Dune series, this show will serve as a sequel series based on the book by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson that’s set in the same universe.
Tokyo Vice: Ansel Elgort will play an American reporter on the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. The drama series is based on the firsthand nonfiction account by Jake Adelstein.
Circe: Madeline Miller’s best-selling 2018 novel, a retelling of Greek mythology through a modern lens, is being adapted into an eight-episode series by Jurassic World writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
Starstruck: Made in partnership with BBC Three, this six-part comedy written, created by, and starring U.K. comedian Rose Matafeo centers on a burnt-out twentysomething whose world turns upside down after she accidentally sleeps with a celebrity.
Craftopia: YouTube star Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY, will watch on as 9-to-15-year old contestants gather materials to craft items for larger-than-life challenges.
Karma: Sixteen contestants ages 12 to 15 must overcome puzzles and physical challenges set under the rules of karma, with host Michelle Khare, a popular YouTuber, crowning one of them Karma Champion.
Legendary: From the producers of Queer Eye, this 10-episode unscripted series will rotate around 10 vogueing houses as they compete in a themed ball each week.
The Greatest Space: The producer behind The Amazing Race have conceived an epic reality competition where interior designers transform empty rooms around the world. Each win allows them to design bigger more unique spaces, eventually leading to a substantial cash prize.
This article was originally published July 9, 2019, and most recently updated Oct. 15.