With an end now in sight for Game of Thrones, HBO is turning its attention to launching other potential hits. The network has a slew of new titles set to premiere in the coming months, including a mix of comedies, dramas (such as the long-delayed Westworld), and even an animated digital series. Here are six new HBO shows to look forward to this fall.
1. High Maintenance, September 16
Vimeo’s popular pot-themed series will make its small-screen debut on HBO this fall. Created and written by husband-and-wife team Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (Sisters), High Maintenance centers on “The Guy,” a nameless pot dealer who delivers his product to an eccentric group of characters in New York City. As the friendly Brooklyn dealer travels in and out of his clients’ apartments, the varied dynamics of their lives are revealed — from the strange and offbeat to the predictable and mundane. Each episode focuses on a new set of customers (usually young professionals) as they procure their stash.
2. Westworld, October 2
After lots of delays and production issues, HBO’s long-awaited Westworld is finally coming to fruition. Based on the 1973 film of the same name, the upcoming sci-fi thriller tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld. The show, described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” features a star-studded ensemble cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Thandie Newton. Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Rodrigo Santoro, and Sidse Babett Knudsen co-star, among others, while J.J. Abrams will serve as an executive producer.
3. Divorce, October 9
Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in this new comedy, which will mark her first major television role since Sex and the City ended more than a decade ago. Created by Catastrophe‘s Sharon Horgan, the show stars Parker as Frances, a woman who abruptly begins to reassess her life and marriage, discovering along the way that making a clean break is harder than she thought. Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Sterling Jerins, and Tracy Letts will co-star in the series.
4. Insecure, October 9
Co-created and co-written by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the upcoming eight-episode comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Rae will star in the show while also working as an executive producer. Melina Matsoukas will direct, while Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will act as showrunner.
5. Untitled Jon Stewart show
Jon Stewart’s new digital animated series is on track to launch sometime before the November presidential election. Stewart lends his voice to the show, which HBO’s programming chief Casey Bloys describes as “an animated parody of a cable news network. It’s Onion-like, with video and text.” In addition to running on HBO’s digital platforms, the show is also expected to air on the linear channel in a half-hour format, although a specific release date has not been revealed.
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