Grease is the word over at HBO Max: The streaming service has handed a series order to Grease: Rydell High, a musical spinoff of the iconic movie, TVLine has learned. "Inspired by" the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Grease: Rydell High will also be set in the 1950s, when "the Pink Ladies […]
Sarah Silverman is headed to HBO. The comedian has signed a deal for a new comedy special with the premium cabler, with HBO also giving Silverman a pilot order for a late-night series. The news comes less than a year after Hulu canceled Silverman's Emmy-nominated talk show "I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman" after […]
HBO Max and "Sesame Street" producer Sesame Workshop have announced a new partnership which will bring the show's 50-year library, as well as five new seasons of the show, to the streamer. Beginning with season 51, the historic children's series will premiere on HBO Max, before moving over to air on its traditional home of […]
HBO's untitled pilot about the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s has cast two key roles. Variety has learned that Quincy Isaiah has been cast as Earvin "Magic" Johnson, while Solomon Hughes will star as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the hour-long drama. The Johnson character is described as being as gifted in the game as he is […]
John C. Reilly has joined the HBO pilot about the 1980s Showtime Lakers in a recasting. Reilly will play the role of former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, replacing Michael Shannon, who exited the project over creative differences. The character is described as a self-made millionaire whose success has only amplified his proclivity for risk, Buss […]
Helen Mirren is willing to share her bed — but not her throne — in HBO's upcoming limited series about one of history's most revelatory rulers. The network on Friday released the first full-length trailer for Catherine the Great, which finds the Academy Award-winning actress stepping into the role of the strong, seductive empress. Per […]
HBO has set the premiere date for Damon Lindelof’s highly-anticipated adaptation of “Watchmen.”The series will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. A week later, “Silicon Valley” will return for its sixth and final season, which will air at 10 p.m.The series is based on Alan Moore’s acclaimed 1980s set graphic novel series. The logline from HBO is as follows: Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.Also Read: 'Watchmen': Damon Lindelof Expects a Divided Reaction to His Take on Acclaimed ComicNicole Kassell directed the pilot, based from a script written by Lindelof.Not much is known about HBO’s take on the famed comic series, except that it will not be a straight retelling of the 12-issue graphic novel series, but rather something new that takes place roughly 30 years later. “It’s canon,” Lindelof said of the events of the novel, during the Television Critics Association press tour in July. “Everything that happened in those 12 issues could not be messed with. We were married to it. There’s no rebooting happening.”“Watchmen” stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.“Watchmen” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.Read original story Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ Adaptation Gets Premiere Date From HBO At TheWrap
“Boardwalk Empire” breakout Michael Shannon has been cast to play former Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss on HBO’s now-untitled pilot about the iconic 1980s team.Shannon joins Jason Clarke, who was previously announced for the key Jerry West role, in the pilot from Adam McKay.The prospective hour-long series is a true story based on Jeff Pearlman’s non-fiction book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.” The pilot had previously been referred to by HBO as “Showtime,” the team’s nickname for that dominant decade, but it is now being called “The Untitled Showtime Lakers Project.”Also Read: How 'Barry' Avoided a Sophomore Slump and Allowed Bill Hader to Embrace His Dark SideThough an HBO spokeswoman told TheWrap she is “not sure about the reason for the switch,” it’s probably not a major stretch to speculate that HBO may not want a show’s title to have the same name as one of its key premium-cable channel competitors.Anyway, here is the logline: “A fast-break series chronicling 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.”And HBO’s description of the Buss character: “A self-made millionaire whose success has only amplified his proclivity for risk. Buss redefines American sports, celebrity, and wealth by transforming the Lakers into a dynasty but his house of cards threatens to collapse on him–and the people he loves most.”Also Read: Jason Clarke to Star as LA Lakers Legend Jerry West in HBO's 'Showtime' Pilot From Adam McKayMcKay, an executive producer through his yet-to-be-named new company, is currently casting the pilot, which will go into production in September. McKay will also direct the pilot. Kevin Messick, who works at McKay’s new production company, is also an executive producer.Max Borenstein is writer and executive producer. Jim Hecht is co-writer of story and an executive producer. Jason Shuman is an executive producer.Clarke, who will star alongside Helen Mirren in upcoming HBO miniseries “Catherine The Great,” is represented by WME, Robert Stein Management, attorney Carlos Goodman and Narrative PR.Read original story Michael Shannon to Play Lakers Owner Jerry Buss in HBO Pilot About Dominant ’80s Team At TheWrap
HBO Max has picked up Steven Soderbergh's next film, the comedy "Let Them All Talk" starring Meryl Streep. Joining Streep in the ensemble cast are Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hedges and Gemma Chan. The screenplay was written by short story author and MacArthur Fellow recipient Deborah Eisenberg. It's the story of a celebrated author […]
Bring yourselves back online: HBO has partnered with interactive content studio Survios to launch a new virtual reality game based on “Westworld” that “inserts players into a meticulously crafted world of adventure, danger and fantasy.”Set during the events of the second season of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi series, “Westworld Awakening” is described by HBO as “a narrative-driven, single-player stealth exploration experience played from the perspective of Kate – a host within the Mesa facility who has suddenly attained self-awareness and must undergo a journey of self-discovery to understand exactly what that means. To survive a dangerous underworld where no one and nothing is what it seems, you must take matters into your own hands and, using a QA (Quality Assurance) tablet, manipulate the world around you.”The description continues: “As you navigate Delos’ labyrinthine laboratories and offices, you will encounter iconic scenes and settings from ‘Westworld,’ solve puzzles and interact with (and manipulate) other hosts. But you can’t get too complacent: Hank, a relentless serial killer host who has stalked ‘Westworld’ for generations, awakened alongside you and is now in constant pursuit, forcing you to react quickly even as you venture further into the unknown. To escape, you must plunge into the secret past of Westworld and overcome an entire world designed to destroy and enslave you.”Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 3 to Premiere in First Half of 2020, Deal in Place With Creators for 'Potential' Seasons 4 and 5“Westworld Awakening” was developed in collaboration with producers at Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films and designed for Vive and Oculus head-mounted displays. According to the pay-TV channel, the game will be available in 400 VR arcades worldwide and to download for $29.99 on Steam, Oculus, and Viveport on Aug. 20.An English version of the game will be accessible in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, South Korea, and China (arcades only).“HBO is known for producing some of the most compelling shows, offering creative storylines and complex characters that keep our viewers coming back for more. Through VR experiences, we are bringing these fictional people and places to life for our viewers and letting them interact and engage with our shows in new, immersive ways,” Aaron Nonis, VP of interactive and immersive experiences at HBO, said. “‘Westworld Awakening’ is the perfect fusion of the right creators and story, the right IP, and the right platform that allows us to create the next-generation playground for our ‘Westworld’ fans.”Also Read: Fall TV Premieres: Here's When All Your Favorite Broadcast Shows Will Return (Photos)“With ‘Westworld Awakening,’ we had the privilege of going inside HBO’s popular show to create an entirely new storyline,” added Daniel Zeligman, Survios’ project lead. “The end result is a VR experience unlike any other out there, that allows fans to dive deep into familiar settings and become a character on their favorite show, seeking to survive the dangers of ‘Westworld.'”Read original story HBO’s New ‘Westworld’ VR Game Forces You to Escape a ‘Relentless Serial Killer Host’ At TheWrap
HBO Max has ordered three pilots, including a prequel to the film “Practical Magic” titled “Rules of Magic.”“Rules of Magic” is from “Jessica Jones” duo Melissa Rosenberg and Dana Baratta. The other two pilots are the Lena Dunham-produced “Generation” and the John Wells-produced “Red Bird Lane.”“Rules of Magic” is set the 1960s and centers on the younger versions of Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens from the 1998 film. Franny and Jet were played by Stockard Channing and Diane Weist in the film, which starred Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. HBO Max has additionally ordered a writers’ room with a 10-script order. The project is set up at Warner Bros. TV with PatMa Productions’ Nina Tassler and Denise Di Nova as executive producers.Also Read: 'Shameless' Producer John Wells to Stay at Warner Bros TV With Massive 9-Figure Deal“Generation” is co-created, co-written and co-directed by Zelda and Daniel Barnz (who directed the film “Cake”) and executive produced with Dunham and Daniel and Ben Barnz for We’re Not Brothers Productions and co-executive produced by Zelda Barnz. According to the description from HBO Max, the dark, yet playful half-hour dramedy follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.Wells’ “Red Bird Lane” is a psychological horror series about eight strangers who arrive at an isolated house–all for different reasons–and quickly realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them.Read original story ‘Practical Magic’ Prequel Among 3 Pilots Ordered at HBO Max At TheWrap
Andrew Scott, known to many as the "hot priest" from season 2 of "Fleabag," has joined the cast of the "His Dark Materials" adaptation at HBO. The announcement was made via a tweet on the series' official Twitter account which shows Scott on set with Lin Manuel Miranda, who is set to play Lee Scoresby […]
Nathan Fielder has signed a one year overall deal at HBO, Variety has learned exclusively. Under the deal, Fielder will serve as executive producer on"How To…With John Wilson," which has been ordered to series at HBO, and an untitled comedy pilot in which Fielder will star as well as write and direct. "How To…With John Wilson" […]
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The newly released script puts to rest some of the speculation surrounding the final season of HBO's epic fantasy drama.
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the series finale of “Game of Thrones” — if that wasn’t already obvious) The 2019 Emmy-nominated screenplays have been posted online by the Television Academy, which means, yes, the series finale of “Game of Thrones” is now available for your reading pleasure. If you are up to reliving it today, that is. Penned by showrunner D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, “The Iron Throne” is the only episode from the fantasy series’ final season that was submitted by HBO for a writing Emmy — and is widely considered to be the most divisive episode from the show’s eight-season run. Also Read: HBO Is Still 'Possibly' Considering 1 or 2 More 'Game of Thrones' Spinoff Scripts, Casey Bloys Says The backlash from some fans regarding the show’s ending is a topic Benioff and Weiss have yet to address, as the two were scheduled to participate in a Q&A during the show’s farewell panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, but dropped out at the last minute. If you’ve recovered from however you felt after watching the finale, which aired May 19, then you can find the script here and dissect away. Other Emmy-nominated screenplays for...
"Euphoria" actress Barbie Ferreira explains that her character in HBO's newest series is the "fat girl" that everyone's been begging to see on screen.