A Comprehensive Guide To HBO Max Original Content

HBO Max

HBO Max will launch in May 2020, with a monthly price at $14.99. Existing AT&T HBO customers and HBO Now subscribers who are billed through HBO directly will get access to HBO Max at launch for no extra cost. AT&T customers who are already subscribed to one of AT&T’s services will get one year of HBO Max for free. 

(Note: Unscripted shows are excluded from this list.)

Ordered:

Americanah

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Chinonye Chukwu (101, 102).

Writer(s): Danai Gurira (creator, showrunner, 101).

Starring: Lupita Nyong’o (Ifemelu), Zackary Momoh (Obinze), Uzo Aduba (Aunty Uju), Corey Hawkins (Blaine), Tireni Oyenusi (Dike).

Synopsis: The miniseries tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze (Momoh). Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Victor Courtright (co-creator, co-showrunner), Marly Halpern-Graser (co-creator, co-showrunner).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The animated miniseries begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and he’s got a LOT of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident!

Boys [w/t]

Premiere Date: 2020.

Director(s): Peter Hoar (101-105).

Writer(s): Russell T. Davies (creator, showrunner, 101-105).

Starring: Olly Alexander, Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Lydia West.

Synopsis: The miniseries charts the emotional journey of five friends in London, during the 1980s, a decade in which everything changed, most notably with the rise of AIDS. 

Circe

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Rick Jaffa (co-creator), Amanda Silver (co-creator).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The animated series is a modern take on the world of Greek mythology told from the powerful feminist perspective of the goddess Circe, who transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able to challenge gods, titans and monsters alike.

Close Enough

Premiere Date: TBA. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): J.G. Quintel (creator, 101), Deepak Sethi, Kristy Grant.

Starring: J.G. Quintel.

Synopsis: This absurdist animated comedy follows a millennial couple, their young daughter, and the divorced friends who live with them in an L.A. duplex. The show revolves around the married couple juggling such everyday challenges as parenthood, friendship, ham theft, stripper clowns and choosing the right day care.

College Girls [w/t]

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Mindy Kaling (creator, showrunner).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The single-camera comedy following three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont. A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating.

Crime Farm

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Janine Sherman Barrois (creator).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A 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. As a seminal case upends the paradigm of their relationship, their unique, unconventional and sometimes dangerous arrangement stretches the boundaries of marriage and science to the limit.

DC Super Hero High

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Scott Weinger (creator).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A half-hour comedy series which follows a group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC Super Heroes.

Dune: The Sisterhood

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Denis Villeneuve (101).

Writer(s): Jon Spaihts (creator), Dana Calvo (showrunner).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Given extraordinary abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis, known to its inhabitants as Dune. Set in the universe of Frank Herbert’s epic ‘Dune’ novel series.

Note: The search for a showrunner to replace Jon Spaihts is underway.

Generation

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Daniel Barnz (101).

Writer(s): Daniel Barnz (co-creator, 101), Zelda Barnz (co-creator, 101).

Starring: Martha Plimpton (Megan), Justice Smith (Chester), Michael Johnston (Ollie), Chloe East (Naomi), Uly Schlesinger (Nathan).

Synopsis: A group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.

Grease: Rydell High

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The series is still set in the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers. The new take reimagines the original movie and will feature some characters from it.

Green Lantern

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The DC comics series will span several decades and focus on the origin story of two major Green Lanterns on Earth, while also going into the space-set story of Sinestro.

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai

Premiere Date: 2021.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Tze Chun (creator, 101-110), Anna Christopher (101-110).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Set in 1920s Shanghai, the animated origin story reveals how 10-year-old Sam Wing met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

Jellystone

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): C.H. Greenblatt (creator).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The animated series welcomes you to the town of Jellystone – a charming place where your favorite Hanna-Barbera characters live, work and play together…but, at the same time, can’t help but stir up trouble for one another. The show will include classic characters such as Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Augie Doggie, Doggie Daddy, Ruff, Yakky Doodle, Shag Rugg, Jabberjaw, El Kabong, Top Cat, Captain Caveman, Cindy Bear, Mildew Wolf, Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks, Peter Potamus, Snagglepuss, Magilla Gorilla, and more.

Little Ellen

Premiere Date: 2021.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Ellen DeGeneres (creator).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A 2D animated children’s show that explores the world through the eyes of a hilarious and unpredictable seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres. On her adventures in her musical hometown of New Orleans, Little Ellen takes big risks and makes big mistakes, but she’s always able to laugh at herself and bounce back when things don’t go as planned.

Looney Tunes Cartoons

Premiere Date: 2020. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): David Gemmill (101-103), Pete Browngardt (108).

Writer(s): Pete Browngardt (101), David Gemmill (101), Johnny Ryan (101), Ving Pingerly (104), Bob Tzudiker (108), Noni White (108).

Starring: Eric Bauza (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian), Jeff Bergman (Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester the Cat), Bob Bergen (Porky Pig), Michael Ruocco (Beaky Buzzard), Fred Tatasciore (Yosemite Sam).

Synopsis: The animated series echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. 

Note: The season will be 80 episodes, each eleven minutes long, comprising of shorts between one and six minutes, making it nearly 1,000 minutes total.

Love Life

Premiere Date: TBA. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): Sam Boyd (101).

Writer(s): Sam Boyd (101).

Starring: Anna Kendrick (Darby), Zoe Chao (Sara), Sasha Compere (Mallory), Peter Vack (Jim), Scoot McNairy (Bradley).

Synopsis: The journey from first love to last love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.

Made for Love

Premiere Date: TBA. 

Director(s): S.J. Clarkson (101-110).

Writer(s): Patrick Somerville (creator, showrunner, 101).

Starring: Cristin Milioti (Hazel Green), Billy Magnussen (Byron Gogol), Ray Romano (Herbert Green), Noma Dumezweni (Fiffany), Augusto Aguilera (Liver), Dan Bakkedahl (Herringbone).

Synopsis: The limited series follows Hazel Green (Milioti), a thirtysomething woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol (Magnussen), an unstable, needy, possibly sociopathic tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive.

Mecha Builders

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The animated series will feature favorite Sesame Street characters as heroes in a robot-animation style.

Note: A second, different, animated series is also in development, to be announced at a later date.

Raised by Wolves

Premiere Date: TBA. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): Ridley Scott (101, 102), Luke Scott (103, 104), Alex Gabassi (107, 108), James Hawes (109).

Writer(s): Aaron Guzikowski (creator, showrunner, 101).

Starring: Travis Fimmel (Marcus), Amanda Collin (Mother), Abubakar Salim (Father), Winta McGrath (Campion), Niamh Algar (Sue).

Synopsis: The sci-fi series centers around two androids — Father (Fimmel) and Mother (Collin) — tasked with raising human children on a mysterious new planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

Rap Sh*t [w/t]

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Issa Rae (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The half-hour comedy series follows a female rap group from outside of Miami trying to make it in the music industry.

Starstruck

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Karen Maine (101).

Writer(s): Rose Matafeo (creator, 101).

Starring: Rose Matafeo (Rose).

Synopsis: The series follows twenty-something Rose (Matafeo), 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.

Station Eleven

Premiere Date: TBA. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): Hiro Murai (101-110).

Writer(s): Patrick Somerville (creator, showrunner, 101, 102, 110).

Starring: Mackenzie Davis (Kirsten), Himesh Patel (Jeevan), David Wilmot (Clark), Matilda Lawler (Young Kirsten), Gael García Bernal (Arthur), Nabhaan Rizwan, (Frank Chaudhary) Philippine Velge (Alexandra).

Synopsis: A post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, the miniseries tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost.

Strange Adventures

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): John Stephens (creator, showrunner).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A DC Super Hero anthology show that will feature characters from across the DC canon. This one-hour drama series will explore close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans.

Note: The series will include “man of two worlds” Adam Strange, an archaeologist-turned-intergalactic-hero when he’s zeta-beamed to planet Rann, confirming our exclusive from October 1st.

The Flight Attendant

Premiere Date: TBA. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): Susanna Fogel (101, 102).

Writer(s): Steve Yockey (creator, showrunner), Meredith Lavender (co-showrunner), Marcie Ulin (co-showrunner).

Starring: Kaley Cuoco (Cassie), Sonoya Mizuno (Miranda), Michiel Huisman (Alex), Rosie Perez (Megan), Zosia Mamet (Annie), Merle Dandridge (Kim), T.R. Knight (Davey), Griffin Matthews (Shane Evans), Colin Woodell (Buckley).

Synopsis: The terrifying story of how an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant (Cuoco) wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

The Fungies!

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Stephen Neary (creator).

Starring: TBA.

Starring: The animated series explores Fungietown through the whimsical quests of Seth, a young student at Fungietown Elementary. Seth loves science and sharing his exciting discoveries with all his Fungie friends. But in his search for the ultimate scientific adventure, Seth often stirs up trouble for Fungietown’s colorful inhabitants leading to hilarious and heartwarming surprises.

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Benjamin Lehmann (101).

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: Ryan Dillon (Elmo).

Synopsis: A family-centric live-action take on a late-night talk show, featuring Sesame Street’s celebrity friends.

The Prince

Premiere Date: TBA.

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Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Gary Janetti (creator, 101)

Starring: Gary Janetti (Prince George), Orlando Bloom (Prince Harry), Condola Rashad (Meghan Markle), Lucy Punch (Kate Middleton), Tom Hollander (Prince Philip, Prince Charles), Alan Cumming (Owen), Frances De La Tour (Queen Elizabeth), Iwan Rheon (Prince William).

Synopsis: The animated series will follow a cartooned 6-year-old Prince George, (Janetti) spilling the royal “tea” on his family, followers, and the British Monarchy.

The Uninhabitable Earth

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Adam McKay (101).

Writer(s): Adam McKay (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Starring: The anthology series will be comprised of stand-alone fictional stories covering a wide range of genres and possible futures that could result from the rapid warming of our planet. The first season will enlist top directors and writers to create a provocative and entertaining series that taps into our unease with just how delicately our planet is teetering on the precipice.

Tig N’ Seek 

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Myke Chilian (creator).

Starring: TBA.

Starring: The animated series is about 8-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat, Gweeseek, as they search for the lost items of Wee Gee City. With Tiggy’s cheerful attitude and Gweeseek’s exceptional inventing capabilities, the duo humorously navigate day-to-day dilemmas at the Department of Lost and Found.

Tokyo Vice

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Michael Mann (101).

Writer(s): J.T. Rogers (creator, 101). 

Starring: Ansel Elgort (Jake Adelstein), Ken Watanabe (Hiroto Katagiri), Odessa Young (Samantha), Ella Rumpf (Polina), Rinko Kikuchi.

Synopsis: American journalist Jake Adelstein (Elgort) embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption. Each day he descends into the neon soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing, and no one is truly what or who they seem.

Note: Mann will potentially direct more episodes of the series in its “freshman season,” according to Deadline. Perhaps a second season is already in motion?

Tooned Out

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Jared Stern (creator).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A half-hour, hybrid live-action and animated comedy, where things get a little cartoony for Mac when he starts seeing iconic cartoon characters, but they’re not just there for laughs, they’re helping him get through a very rough patch in his life. 

Trigonometry

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Athina Tsangari (101-105), Stella Corradi (106-108).

Writer(s): Duncan Macmillan (co-creator, 101-108), Effie Woods (co-creator, 101-108).

Starring: Gary Carr (Kieran), Thalissa Teixeira (Gemma), Ariane Labed (Ray), Rebecca Humphries, Isabella Laughland, Ambreen Razia, Anne Consigny.

Synopsis: In crowded and expensive London, cash-strapped couple Gemma (Teixeira) and Kieran (Carr) open their small apartment to a third person. Somehow, their new addition, Ray (Labed), makes the flat seem bigger, not smaller. Gradually, many things become easier, nicer and better with an extra pair of hands.

Untitled Gossip Girl sequel series

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Josh Schwartz (co-creator), Stephanie Savage, (co-creator), Joshua Safran (101, showrunner).

Starring: Emily Alyn Lind (Audrey), Kristen Bell (Narrator), Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Jason Gotay, Whitney Peak, Adam Chanler-Berat, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Zion Moreno.

Synopsis: Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.

White House Farm

Premiere Date: 2020. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): Paul Whittington (101-106).

Writer(s): Kris Mrksa (co-creator, 101-106), Giula Sandler (co-creator, 101-106).

Starring: Stephen Graham (DCI Taff Jones)
Freddie Fox, (Jeremy Bamber), Cressida Bonas, (Sheila Caffell), Alfie Allen, (Brett Collins), Mark Addy, Gemma Whelan.

Synopsis: The factual drama tells the story of when members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse. The series will explore the family tragedy and the contested accounts of the events that took place at White House Farm. 

Returning:

Adventure Time: Distant Lands (event series)

Premiere Date: 2020. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Pendleton Ward (creator).

Starring: Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Niki Yang (BMO), Olivia Olsen (Marceline), Hynden Walch (Princess Bubblegum), Steve Little (Peppermint Butler).

Synopsis: These four new hour-long specials will continue the stories that captured imaginations and introduced unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buds who traversed the mystical Land of Ooo and encountered its colorful inhabitants. 

Note: The first two specials, ‘BMO’ and ‘Obsidian’ are set to premiere sometime in 2020 followed by ‘Wizard City’ and ‘Together Again.’

Doom Patrol (season 2)

Premiere Date: 2020. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Jeremy Carver (creator, showrunner).

Starring: Diane Guerrero (Crazy Jane), April Bowlby (Rita Farr), Joivan Wade (Vic Stone), Matt Bomer (Larry Trainor), Brendan Fraser, (Cliff Steele), Timothy Dalton (Niles Caulder), Abigail Shapiro (Dorothy Spinner), Karen Obilom (Roni Evers).

Synopsis: The comic book series follows the unlikely heroes of the eponymous team who all received their powers through tragic circumstances and are generally shunned by society. Most members of the team were treated by Niles Caulder, the Chief, a medical doctor who gave them residence in his mansion to help protect them from the outside world.

Note: The series will also stream on the DC Universe streaming service.

Esme & Roy (season 2)

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Dustin Ferrer (co-creator), Amy Steinberg (co-creator).

Starring: Millie Davis (Esme) Patrick McKenna (Roy), Shayle Simons (Hugo Ooga) Elle Simons (Fig Ooga) Abigail Oliver (Tillie Plink).

Synopsis: The animated series follows a young girl named Esme and her best monster friend, Roy, the most in-demand “monster sitters” in Monsterdale, a town populated mostly by monsters. The duo set out to solve big problems by playing and helping out the young monsters with their problems.

gen:LOCK (season 2)

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Gray G. Haddock.

Writer(s): Gray G. Haddock (creator, showrunner).

Starring: Michael B. Jordan (Julian Chase), Dakota Fanning (Miranda Worth), Golshifteh Farahani (Yasamin ‘Yaz’ Madrani), Maisie Williams (Cameron ‘Cammie’ MacCloud), David Tennant (Dr. Rufus Weller).

Synopsis: The half-hour animated dystopian series is set 50 years in the future, in which an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. The resistance recruits a team of pilots for a new form of devastating mecha — with Julian Chase (Jordan), the first to volunteer for the cause — but they must be willing to sacrifice everything.

Note: The second season will premiere exclusively on HBO Max 90 days before becoming available to subscribers of Rooster Teeth’s subscription service.

Search Party (season 3)

Premiere Date: May 2020.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Charles Rogers (co-creator, showrunner), Sarah-Violet Bliss (co-creator, co-showrunner), Michael Showalter (co-creator).

Starring: Alia Shawkat (Dory Sief), John Reynolds (Drew Gardner), John Early (Elliott Goss), Meredith Hagner (Portia Davenport), Brandon Micheal Hall (Julian Marcus).

Synopsis: The gang is swept up in the trial of the century after Dory and Drew are charged for the semi-accidental murder of a private investigator. As Elliott and Portia grapple with whether or not to testify as witnesses, the friends are pitted against each other and thrust into the national spotlight as notorious public figures. As Dory’s sanity begins to fracture, it becomes increasingly clear that they may not have brunch together for quite some time.

Note: The series has already been renewed for a fourth season.

Sesame Street (season 51)

Premiere Date: 2020.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Joan Ganz Cooney (creator), Lloyd Morrisett (creator).

Starring: Ryan Dillon (Elmo), David Rudman (Cookie Monster), Matt Vogel (Big Bird, Count von Count), Martin P. Robinson (Mr. Snuffleupagus), Eric Jacobson (Bert, Grover, Oscar the Grouch), Peter Linz (Ernie).

Synopsis: On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Note: The series has already been renewed for seasons 52, 53, 54 and 55. New annual specials will kick off with ‘The Monster at the End of This Show,’ an animated version of ‘The Monster at the End of this Book.’

The Boondocks (season 5)

Premiere Date: Fall 2020.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Aaron McGruder (creator, showrunner).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The adventures of self-proclaimed “Civil Rights Legend” Robert “Granddad” Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley. The family has recently moved to an idyllic community in suburban Maryland only to see it taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime. Life under Ruckus turns out to be an everyday struggle to survive.

Note: The series has already been renewed for a sixth season. A 50-minute special will premiere in fall 2020.

 

Films:

15 Minutes of Shame

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Max Joseph.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: Monica Lewinsky (Herself), Max Joseph (Himself).

Synopsis: The documentary is a timely, irreverent roller-coaster ride through the world of public shaming. Using follow-doc storytelling, social experiments, and the examination of social behavior, this film will feature individuals from around the globe who have been publicly shamed – while exploring the bullies, the bystanders, the media, psychologists, politicians and experts in between. 

Bobbie Sue

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Charles Stone III.

Writer(s): Dana Fox.

Starring: Gina Rodriguez (Bobbie Sue).

Synopsis: The story of Bobbie Sue (Rodriguez), who after being raised among four rowdy brothers in a blue-collar neighborhood, is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. But after discovering her powerful client, a lifelong idol of hers, is trying to cover up exploiting workers within her company, Bobbie decides to take both her and the law firm on, caution and etiquette be damned. 

Expecting Amy [w/t]

Premiere Date: TBA. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: Amy Schumer (Herself).

Synopsis: The documentary gives an unfiltered behind-the-scenes look at Amy Schumer’s journey of preparing for a stand-up special while going through a difficult pregnancy. Beginning the day she found out she was pregnant, through the birth of her child, the Emmy winner chronicles the challenges that she experienced week after week. From hospitalizations to going out in front of a crowd of thousands, to quiet moments at home with her family, Schumer shares it all.

Fashionably Black [w/t]

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Christa Gatewood, Robin Thede.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Set in the world of haute couture, the comedy explores what happens when you actually put a black woman at the top spot in fashion. The film follows viral sensation Zoe Bankole who, after becoming the industry’s first and only black woman creative director for a French haute couture house, must contend with short deadlines, petty rivals and attempts at whitewashing her style in order to create the collection of her dreams.

I’ll Be the One

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Nahnatchka Khan [eyed].

Writer(s): Colleen McGuinness.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: 16-year-old Skye Shin—a bi-sexual, Korean-American girl— pursues her dreams as a participant on reality TV singing and dancing competition “K-Pop Shining Star.” With the help of her new friends and her crush, world famous model Henry Cho, Skye faces the industry’s old-fashioned beauty standards head on, setting her sights on becoming a K-pop star – one the world has never seen before.

Let Them All Talk [w/t]

Premiere Date: 2020. (Likely May 2020).

Director(s): Steven Soderbergh.

Writer(s): Deborah Eisenberg.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Gemma Chan, Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hedges.

Synopsis: The story of a celebrated author (Streep) who takes a journey with old friends to have some fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew (Hedges) comes along to wrangle the ladies and finds himself involved with a young literary agent (Chan).

On the Record

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering.

Writer(s): Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering.

Starring: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Jenny Lumet, Alexia Norton Jones.

Synopsis: The documentary follows Drew Dixon as she grapples with the decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. The film delves deeply into the ways women of colors’ voices are all too often silenced and ignored when reporting these crimes; as well as the various cultural forces that conspire to make them reluctant to do so.

Persona [w/t]

Premiere Date: TBA. 

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The documentary explores the riveting and unexpected origin story of America’s obsession with personality testing. Embedded in everything from dating sites to job applications, the film reveals the profound ways personality testing has formed and influenced the world around us.

Superintelligence

Premiere Date: May 2020.

Director(s): Ben Falcone.

Writer(s): Steve Mallory.

Starring: Melissa McCarthy (Carol Peters), James Corden (“Super Intelligence”), Bobby Cannavale (George), Brian Tyree Henry (Dennis), Sam Richardson (Donahue), Karan Soni (Ahmed).

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Synopsis: Nothing extraordinary ever happens to Carol Peters, so when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave, she thinks she’s being punked or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life…with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything. Now Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Premiere Date: TBA.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Matthew Barry.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The film follows bisexual British Lord, Henry Monty Montague, who embarks on a grand tour of 18th-century Europe with his best friend and secret crush, Percy. But Montague’s final blowout before he his expected to take over the family estate turns into a harrowing manhunt as the roguish aristocrat’s reckless and hedonistic decisions take an ugly turn.

The Scoop [w/t]

Premiere Date: TBA. 

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The behind-the-scenes documentary follows the exhilarating and exhausting lives of CNN’s fearless female political reporters as they cover the most unpredictable presidential campaign in American history. The film draws from unprecedented access to the campaign press corps and reveals how these powerhouse political reporters deal with the candidates as well as with the challenges of life on the road.

UNpregnant

Premiere Date: May 2020.

Director(s): Rachel Lee Goldenberg.

Writer(s): Ted Caplan, Jenni Hendriks.

Starring: Haley Lu Richardson (Veronica), Barbie Ferreira (Bailey), Sugar Lyn Beard (Kate), Jeryl Prescott (Peg), Kirsten Foe (Officer Herrera).

Synopsis: A coming-of-age story that focuses on a Missouri teen who hits the highway with a friend to obtain a legal abortion. 

Untitled Anthony Bourdain Documentary

Premiere Date: TBA. 

Director(s): Morgan Neville.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: Anthony Bourdain (Himself).

Synopsis: A documentary about the uncommon life of the late storyteller, explorer, and chef Anthony Bourdain.

Note: Focus Features will first release the documentary exclusively in theaters worldwide before the film premieres on television on CNN, and on streaming via HBO Max.

In Development:

1% Happy (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Roy Wood Jr. (creator, 101).

Starring: Dani Fernandez.

Synopsis: A woman (Fernandez), after a particularly dark period in her life, is forced to move back in with her estranged father and attend weekly group therapy with a class of oddballs. Showing the funny and relatable sides of Clinical Depression, the series challenges both the stigma of mental illness and the United States healthcare system itself.

Afro.Punks

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Anton Cropper (101).

Writer(s): Jenina Kibuka (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A coming-of-age drama that will follow three teenage misfits on the brink of rebellion as they navigate life, love and Afro-Punk.

Anna K (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Jenny Lee (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A modern-day, multicultural retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, based on the novel ‘Anna K: A Love Story.’ The series follows a Korean-American “it” girl caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love, along with her high-flying cast of friends and family.

Classified

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): David Sidorov (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A workplace comedy series that tackles just how hard it is to be an intern in the CIA.

DMZ (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Ava DuVernay (101).

Writer(s): Roberto Patino (creator, showrunner, 101).

Starring: Rosario Dawson (Alma Ortego), Benjamin Bratt (Parco Delgado), Freddy Miyares (Skel).

Synopsis: In the near future, the aforementioned civil war leaves Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. The series chronicles the harrowing journey of fierce female medic Alma Ortego (Dawson), who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. But as she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost: hope.

Drama Queen

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Michael Ausiello (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Set in the 1980s and centers on a closeted, TV-obsessed teenager who copes with the harsh realities — and relative mundaneness — of life in small-town New Jersey by escaping to an alternate soap opera universe of his own creation.

Good Vibes Only

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Steve Armogida (co-creator, 101), Jim Armogida (co-creator, 101), John Stamos (co-creator).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A coming of age story set to the timeless music of The Beach Boys. The series centers on a blended group of misfit foster kids who form a secret band to escape the challenges of school and the drudgery of their dead-end town, and end up becoming Insta-famous. Along the way, they become more than a band, they become what they always really wanted — a true family.

Gumshoe (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Randall Einhorn (101).

Writer(s): Aaron Brownstein (co-creator, co-showrunner, 101), Simon Ganz (co-creator, co-showrunner, 101).

Starring: Sonya Cassidy (Cassie), Miles J. Harvey, (Eamon), Carla Jimenez (Henrietta), Max Casella (Dennis Laramie), Phillipa Soo (Liz Chen).

Synopsis: The series centers on sweet, optimistic young cop Cassie (Cassidy) and creepy, crime-obsessed teenager Eamon (Harvey) who secretly team up to solve a murder.

Julia (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Charles McDougall (101).

Writer(s): Daniel Goldfarb (creator, 101), Chris Keyser (showrunner).

Starring: Sarah Lancashire (Julia Child), Tom Hollander (Paul Child), Brittany Bradford (Alice), Fran Kranz (Russ), Fiona Glascottas (Judith), Bebe Neuwirth (Avis), Jefferson Mays (Albert), Isabella Rossellini (Simca).

Synopsis: The series chronicles the life of Julia Child (Cusack) and her show ‘The French Chef,’ which essentially invented food television. Through Child, the show will explore an evolving time in American history – the emergence of a new social institution called public television, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity, and America’s cultural growth.

Minx (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Ellen Rapoport (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The half-hour comedy series, set in 1970s Los Angeles, centers around an earnest young feminist who joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women.

More Happy Than Not

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: It’s a sweltering, dangerous summer in the Bronx, and sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness since his father’s suicide — but he’s gunning for it. With the help of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what it might feel like. But grief and the scar on his wrist keep him from forgetting the past completely. 

Over My Dead Body

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Elizabeth Banks.

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The series adaptation of the Wondery podcast follows Dan and Wendi, two attorneys whose wedding is featured in the New York Times. But when this “perfect” couple falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup, a worse divorce, and a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators.

Point Fear

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Jon M. Chu [in talks].

Writer(s): TBA.

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: An anthology series that exposes the horrors of being a teenager. Each episode of the show will be inspired by one of the R.L. Stine books in the ‘Point Horror’ series, told for today’s audiences but with a nostalgic nod to the 1990s.

Red Bird Lane (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Sara Gran (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Morality and 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.

Snow Crash

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Joe Cornish (101).

Writer(s): Michael Bacall (creator, co-showrunner, 101), Angela Robinson (co-showrunner).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Hiro Protagonist, who in reality delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.

The Beach

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Erin Cardillo (co-creator, 101), Richard Keith (co-creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The series, based on the novel ‘Beach Lane,’ follows three local teens who work in the Hamptons’ lavish estates, exclusive beach clubs, and breath-taking boats over one magical summer as their lives and hearts become increasingly intertwined with wealthy families who swoop in from the city for the summer season.

The Griswolds

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Tim Hobert (developer, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Based on the ‘Vacation’ films, this series brings the iconic Griswold family home from vacation and explores their daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago.

The Last of the Mohicans

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Nicole Kassell (101).

Writer(s): Cary Joji Fukunaga (co-creator, 101), Nick Osborne (co-creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: A retelling of James Fenimore Cooper’s French and Indian War novel that re-centers the classic tale on the unlikely romance between Uncas, a young Mohican, and Cora, the mixed-race daughter of a British colonel.

The Rules of Magic (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Melissa Rosenberg (co-creator, co-showrunner, 101), Dana Baratta (co-creator, co-showrunner, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: In this epic, generational family drama set in 1960s New York City, three troubled siblings — Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens — wrestle with “abnormalities” that have kept them isolated. But the tumultuous times unearth the extraordinary discovery that they are, in fact, descendants of a bloodline of witches. In their aspirational journey towards self-discovery and self-acceptance, they’ll contend with grief, war, bigotry and dark magic, not to mention a centuries-old curse designed to keep them away from love. The two sisters, Franny and Jet, will become the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in ‘Practical Magic,’ while their beloved brother, Vincent, will leave an unexpected legacy.

Note: A writers room with a 10-script order has already been ordered.

The Shelley Society (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (co-creator, showrunner, 101), Tessa Leigh Williams (co-creator, 101), James DeWille (co-creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The gothic horror and teen romance mashup chronicles young author Mary Shelley, who leads a band of Romantic outlaws—among them, her lovers Percy and the Lord Byron—against all manner of supernatural threats and monsters…including Shelley’s own iconic Creature.

Note: An additional script has also been ordered.

The Gordita Chronicles

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Claudia Forestieri (creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: Loosely inspired by the life of Claudia Forestieri, the coming-of-age comedy series centers around a Latina reporter looking back on her childhood as a chubby, willful and reluctant Dominican immigrant growing up with her eccentric family in 1980s Miami.

Untitled Aida Rodriguez Comedy

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Aida Rodriguez (co-creator, 101), Chris Case (co-creator, 101), Nastaran Dibai (co-creator, 101).

Starring: Aida Rodriguez.

Synopsis: The comedy series examines the struggle of an Afro-Latina comedian (Rodriguez) who is trying to kick start a career while raising two very different teenagers on her own over multiple time zones. It is an uplifting story of survival and triumph in the face of a darkly funny Miami ghetto upbringing, where she learned skills that allowed her to thrive and survive.

Untitled Lucia Aniello Comedy (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Lucia Aniello (101).

Writer(s): Lucia Aniello (co-creator, 101), Paul W. Downs (co-creator, 101), Jen Statsky (co-creator, 101).

Starring: TBA.

Synopsis: The comedy series revolves around a dark mentorship that forms between two women from different generations — a Las Vegas diva and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.

Untitled Quinta Brunson Comedy (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): TBA.

Writer(s): Quinta Brunson (co-creator, 101), Michelle Nader (co-creator, showrunner, 101).

Starring: Quinta Brunson.

Synopsis: The comedy series follows an ambitious millennial (Brunson) flying up the ladder at a media startup company, who is unexpectedly tasked with running the newly hired, PR crisis–averting diversity team made up of green Internet newbies.

Vegas High (pilot)

Premiere Date: N/A.

Director(s): Gillian Robespierre (101).

Writer(s): Sarah-Raquel Jimenez (creator, 101).

Starring: Reagan Rozas (Laura), Josh Andrés Rivera (Josh), Jordana Spiro (Diane), West Duchovny (Paige), Da’Vinchi (Isaac), Emma Meisel (Maddie), Lexi Simonsen (Frankie), Kyanna Simpson (Olive), Kevin Rahm (Bishop Ted), Coolio (Ray).

Synopsis: A 90’s set coming-of-age story about Laura (Rozas), a girl caught between two worlds – the fast paced lifestyle of Las Vegas and her strong Mormon faith and community.

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