HBO Max has officially launched, as of Wednesday, May 27, and in addition to the sprawling library of licensed titles that are available to subscribers at launch, WarnerMedia’s new streaming service also features a small sample of the ton of new original series and movies which will be available to stream.
Over the last few months, HBO Max has gradually unveiled more and more of its slate of original programming, which ranges from the Gossip Girl sequel series to a Green Lantern TV series from Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti. HBO has also announced a three-project commitment with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot label, including a Shining spin-off and a DC show based on characters from the Justice League Dark universe, and more.
TV Guide is keeping track of all the upcoming HBO Max originals, featuring talent like Lupita Nyong’o, Ansel Elgort, Anna Kendrick, Kaley Cuoco, and more. Check out the full list below.
HBO Max: Launch dates, prices, movies and shows to expect
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Anna Kendrick, Lupita Nyong’o, and Ansel Elgort
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HBO Max Original Scripted Series
10-Year-Old-Tom: First announced by Deadline, this adult animated series follows the titular character as he is slowly but surely corrupted by the grownups around him who mean well but just can’t set a good example. “He must deal with bad influences including litigious parents, drug dealing bus drivers and band teachers who want to sleep with his mom,” the synopsis reads.
Americanah: Twitter dreams come true with this series created by Danai Gurira and starring Lupita Nyong’o (who will also executive produce). The 10-episode limited series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Beth & Sam: This series, first announced by Deadline, is a romantic comedy about two women who seemingly have every reason not to be together — including the fact that one of them is supposedly straight and married. Emily Wilson and Betsy Thomas will serve as co-showrunners and will also executive produce alongside Jim Parsons and Jamie Tarses.
The Boondocks: A reimagined revival of the Peabody Award-winning satirical animated comedy is coming in fall 2020. Additionally, all 55 episodes of the original version of The Boondocks that aired on Adult Swim are available on HBO Max as of launch.
Circe: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are behind an eight-episode adaptation of Madeline Miller’s Circe. The series is described as “an epic fantasy based on the recent bestseller about one of the most evocative goddesses in Ancient Greece.”
Close Enough (July 9): Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel‘s animated series about a millennial couple and their divorced friends was set to air on TBS, but was delayed several times and is now headed to HBO Max as an original.
College Girls: This new comedy from Mindy Kaling follows three 18-year-old college freshman roommates attending the fictional Evermore College. “A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating,” according to the official HBO Max description.
Crime Farm: Nicole Kidman produces this psychosexual love story that follows Selma and Richard Eikelenboom, forensic homicide experts whose marriage thrives on their all-consuming investigations into the depravity of the world’s most notorious criminals, but is challenged by a particularly demanding case.
DC Superhero High: Ever wonder what Batman was like in high school? Elizabeth Banks‘ half-hour comedy shows teens trying to figure out the day-to-day pressures of high school, unaware that they will grow up to be some of DC’s most iconic heroes.
HBO Max Launch and Cost Details
Doom Patrol (June 25): The series about emotionally damaged superheroes moves from DC Universe to HBO Max for Season 2.
Dune: The Sisterhood: Denis Villeneuve will accompany his star-studded film adaptation of Dune with a companion series on HBO Max, titled Dune: The Sisterhood. The series will center on on the women of Bene Gesserit as they navigate the political framework of The Imperium to make way for the planet Arrakis.
Duster: J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan will co-write this action thriller set in the ’70s southwest and centered on a getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate that goes from “awful to wildly, stupidly, dangerously, awful.”
Frayed (July 30): Set in 1989, this comedy follows the journey of Sammy Cooper, a fabulously wealthy London housewife who is forced to return to her hometown in Newcastle, Australia. In coming home, Sammy must revisit her past and the events that led her to flee as a teenager years ago.
The Flight Attendant: Kaley Cuoco’s first live-action TV role following The Big Bang Theory is an intercontinental murder mystery based on Chris Bohjalian’s best-selling 2018 novel. Cuoco plays Cassie, a flight attendant who wakes up next to a dead body after a layover in Dubai. As the FBI begins to question the events of the layover, Cassie must consider whether she actually is a killer.
gen:Lock: This anime-style sci-fi series with the voices of Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, and Maisie Williams is moving from Adult Swim for Season 2.
Generation: Lena Dunham‘s latest is like Girls, but younger, as the dark comedy explores the modern sexuality of high schoolers, and how our devices and social media play their part in it.
Grease: Rydell High: Get out your T-Bird and Pink Lady jackets, because Grease is back, baby! The musical series will take place in the ’50s, just like the original musical, and will explore “the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in Middle America with a modern sensibility.”
The Green Lantern: Greg Berlanti is taking his DC Empire to space. The super producer promises that Green Lantern will be the biggest DC show his team has ever created, though other details about the superhero show were scarce at the time of the announcement.
Head of the Class: A re-imagining of the 1986 ABC hit, Head of the Class follows a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.
Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020: This series, inspired by Broadway star Laura Benanti, will explore tried-and-true themes of classic teen movies through the totally unique lens of a world turned upside down by the global pandemic. The cast, featuring a diverse group of super-talented student actors with compelling backstories, will play seniors from the same high school and while the pandemic may have shut down their school, the drama and romantic intrigue live on.
I May Destroy You (June 7, alongside HBO debut): Feted as the “voice of her generation,” Arabella (Michaela Coel) is complex, original and highly talented. But, distracted by the pressures of her first triumph, she is struggling to write her second novel and is in danger of becoming destructive and self-absorbed. After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, her life changes irreversibly and Arabella is forced to reassess everything: her career, her friends, even her family. As Arabella struggles to come to terms with what has happened, she begins a journey of self-discovery. Often painful, sometimes funny, it leads her to some surprising places — and controversial conclusions.
Justice League Dark (working title): One of three J.J. Abrams projects placed at the streaming service, the tentatively named Justice League Dark will feature characters from the titular comic book run, but details are still being developed.
Lovecraft Country (Aug. 2020, alongside HBO debut): Another Jordan Peele banger, the series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
Love Life (May 27): Anna Kendrick stars in her first-ever TV show — a comedy anthology series where Kendrick falls in and out of love. The series is executive-produced by Paul Feig, and made its debut when the streaming service launched. Though a new episode was scheduled to be released every week, HBO Max has accelerated the schedule, and now plans to release episodes 4, 5, and 6 on Thursday, June 4, with the final episodes set to be added on Thursday, June 11.
Made for Love: Cristin Milioti and Ray Romano star in this “tragicomedy” based on Alice Nutting’s novel of the same name. Maniac‘s Patrick Somerville is writing, with S.J. Clarkson set to direct.
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Overlook: This Stephen King-inspired genre piece will feature characters from The Shining and will tell stories from the most famous haunted hotel in fiction. It’s produced by J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot, who are also behind Hulu’s Castle Rock.
Perry Mason (June 21, alongside HBO debut): Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this new series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys). When the case of the decade (the decade is of course, the 1930s) breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured Los Angeles and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
The Prince: HBO Max has greenlit an animated comedy from Family Guy producer Gary Janetti called The Prince, which will be a satirical look at the current royal Windsors as told through the eyes of young Prince George, William and Kate’s eldest son. Deadline reports that the cast includes Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Lucy Punch, Tom Hollander, Alan Cumming, Frances De La Tour, and Iwan Rheon.
Raised by Wolves: Ridley Scott will executive-produce the sci-fi series from Aaron Guzikowski about two androids raising human children on a mysterious planet. As the growing colony of humans almost falls apart due to religious differences, the androids realize how dangerous and difficult their task really is.
Rap Sh*t: Issa Rae‘s next comedy follows a group of female rappers from outside of Miami trying to make it to the next level of their careers.
Room 104 Season 4 (July 24, alongside HBO debut): Created by Mark and Jay Duplass, the late-night, half-hour anthology series Room 104 returns with 12 new episodes, telling unique and unexpected tales of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel.
Santa Inc.: HBO Max has ordered eight half-hour episodes of Santa Inc. from Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen. This Christmas-themes adult animated comedy series follows the story of Candy Smalls (Silverman), the highest-ranking female elf in the North Pole. When Santa Claus’ (Rogen) successor is poached by Amazon on Christmas Eve, Candy gets the opportunity to pursue her ultimate dream — to be the first female Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.
Search Party (June 25): The dark comedy series starring Alia Shawkat is moving from its original home on TBS to HBO Max. Seasons 1 and 2 will be available at launch, and HBO Max will unveil a third season shortly thereafter. A fourth season has already been ordered.
Station Eleven: Patrick Somerville’s second HBO Max project is a take on the 2014 post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven. Atlanta director Hiro Murai will helm the series.
Starstruck: This comedy series follows 20-something Rose, a millennial in London, juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star.
Strange Adventures: Strange Adventures is a DC hero anthology series that will tell one-hour “morality tales” featuring characters across the DC Comics library. The series will be executive-produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, and Gotham‘s John Stephens.
Tokyo Vice: Ansel Elgort will try to end corruption in the eponymous police department in this new series based on Jake Adelstein’s 2010 memoir of the same name. Miami Vice‘s Michael Mann is set to direct the pilot episode.
The Uninhabitable Earth: Adam McKay takes point on this anthology series inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name by David Wallace-Wells. Each episode will focus on a fictional story of what could happen if we continue to allow our Earth to cook like a baked potato.
XOXO Gossip Girl: Set after the events of the 2007 CW series, the Gossip Girl sequel will follow a new set of Upper East Siders, the scandals that unfold in their inner circle, and the trials and tribulations of private school life.
Untitled Aniello, Downs, Statsky Project: HBO Max has ordered 10 episodes of the single-camera dark comedy from Broad City alums Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky. The series, which will star Jean Smart, focuses on a dark mentorship that forms between a Las Vegas diva (Smart) and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.
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