HBO Documentary Series “The Murders at Starved Rock” Debuts December 14

HBO Documentary Series “The Murders at Starved Rock” Debuts December 14
The series explores the 1960 brutal murders of three women at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle, Illinois and the decades of questions and doubts left in their wake.
[via press release from HBO]
HBO Documentary Series THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK Debuts December 14

The Series Examines A 60-Year-Old Murder Mystery That Has Gripped An Illinois Town

HBO documentary series, THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK, exploring the 1960 brutal murders of three women at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle, Illinois and the decades of questions and doubts left in their wake, debuts with the first two episodes back-to-back TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and concludes with the final episode Wednesday, December 15 at (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT). From the producers of “McMillion$,” the three-part documentary series will air on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Directed by Jody McVeigh-Schultz and produced by Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas, THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK explores this 60-year-old murder mystery. The convicted killer, Chester Weger, maintains his innocence after sixty years in prison and seeks exoneration. Haunted by the murders in his hometown, David Raccuglia has spent the last 15 years delving into the case files, convinced that the whole truth has yet to be uncovered. As a child growing up in LaSalle, David lived in fear of Weger, who was characterized as the local “bogeyman.” Further complicating David’s search for answers is the role his own father played in the trial; Anthony Raccuglia was the determined, young prosecutor who put Weger behind bars, believing steadfastly in his guilt. With a complicated father/son relationship at its core, THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK traces a twisting path of inconsistencies, cover-ups and lies, unearthing new clues and potential suspects while questioning the very nature and reliability of memory.

The horrific slaying of three middle-aged mothers found in a picturesque canyon of the park lingers in the fabric of LaSalle, a rural town where opinions are strong and rumors spread like wildfire, with townsfolk starkly divided as to the guilt of Chester Weger. THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK unfolds from David’s shifting perspective over recent years as his quest for the truth puts him in direct conflict with his father’s intractable belief in the justice system. David’s curiosity leads him down a rabbit-hole of conflicting theories, alleged police misconduct, and legal grey areas.

At the heart of THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK is David’s tension-filled interview with his late father that speaks to the divisive feelings that the case still engenders. Hard-boiled investigators, local reporters, family members and eccentric townsfolk, each with their own theories, also lend their insight to the series and a wealth of archival materials transports us back to 1960. Several interviews with Weger himself reveal a sympathetic man steadfast in his claims of innocence, but is he an unreliable narrator of his own story?

THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK is a probing investigation into a sixty-year-old crime clouded by the passage of time, the vagaries of memory and ever-shifting perceptions. As the multifaceted series explores the far-reaching shockwaves of the murders and uncovers long buried clues, David remains consumed by a central mystery: is the real Chester Weger a monster or a martyr? Did his father help convict an innocent man?

HBO Documentary Films presents an Unrealistic Ideas production in association with American Barber Films. THE MURDERS AT STARVED ROCK directed by Jody McVeigh-Schultz; executive producers, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Archie Gips. For HBO: senior producer, Tina Nguyen; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

HBO Original Comedy Series “Somebody Somewhere”

HBO Original Comedy Series “Somebody Somewhere,” Starring and Executive Produced by Bridget Everett, Debuts January 16
The series follows Sam (played by Everett), a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggling to fit the hometown mold.
[via press release from HBO]
HBO Original Comedy Series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE, Starring And Executive Produced By Bridget Everett, Debuts January 16

Starring and executive produced by comedian and singer Bridget Everett, the seven-episode HBO original comedy series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE debuts on SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:30-11:00p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max. From Mighty Mint, Duplass Brothers Productions, and creators & executive producers Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen (writers on HBO’s “High Maintenance”), the series follows Sam (played by Everett), a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggling to fit the hometown mold. Grappling with loss and acceptance, singing is Sam’s saving grace and leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders who don’t fit in but don’t give up, showing that finding your people, and finding your voice, is possible. Anywhere. Somewhere.

Cast regulars include: Jeff Hiller (“Nightcap”) as Joel, whose vision-board dreams of Faith, Family, and high-end kitchen appliances are ripped to pieces in a spiral of joy, shame, music, and stress rashes, after he befriends his high school idol, Sam (Bridget Everett); Mary Catherine Garrison (HBO’s “Veep”) as Tricia Miller, Sam’s resentful and scrappy sister, who is exhausted from trying to live up to hometown expectations; Danny McCarthy (“The Ballad of Buster Scroggs”) as Rick, Sam’s quietly unremarkable brother-in-law, whose secret sends Sam and Joel’s imaginations spinning as fast as the Kansas tornado that reveals the truth; and Mike Hagerty (HBO’s “Lucky Louie”) as family patriarch Ed Miller, a stoic Kansas farmer who believes if you just keep your head down and work hard… you’ll reap what you sow. He eventually learns that ignoring problems only makes them grow.

Recurring cast includes Murray Hill (“Welcome to Flatch”) as Fred Rococo, a University soil scientist by day, Master of Ceremonies in a flashy suit by night, who’s been through it all, done the work, and found his stable place of happiness in the land of sunflowers; Jon Hudson Odom (HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”) as Michael, Joel’s boyfriend who suddenly is playing second fiddle to Sam; Heidi Johanningmeier (“100 Days to Live”) as Charity, co-owner of the store Tender Moments with Sam’s sister Tricia; Jane Brody (“Chicago Fire”) as Mary Jo, Sam’s mother struggling with alcoholism.

SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE is co-created & executive produced by Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen; starring and executive produced by Bridget Everett; executive produced by Carolyn Strauss for Mighty Mint, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Mel Eslyn for Duplass Brothers Productions, Patricia Breen, and Tyler Romary; produced by Shuli Harel. The series is written by Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen and Patricia Breen, and directed by Jay Duplass and Robert Cohen.

HBO Documentary REOPENING NIGHT Debuts December 20

HBO Documentary REOPENING NIGHT Debuts December 20
Film Explores The Return Of The Public Theater’s Famous “Shakespeare In The Park” Following Its Closure Due To The Global Pandemic

The HBO feature documentary, REOPENING NIGHT, follows the cast, crew and staff of the world-famous Public Theater as they prepare to mount an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives,” at the open-air Delacorte Theater in New York City. Contending with the ever-present threat of COVID-19 and one of the rainiest Julys on record, the production marks the return of live theatre following more than a year of closures in the city. Their pursuit to bring back a longstanding beloved New York City tradition is an audacious gamble for the theater which has served as the creative heartbeat of New York City for almost six decades. The film is directed by Rudy Valdez (HBO’s “The Sentence”) and executive produced by Matthew O’Neil and Perri Peltz (HBO’s “Axios”).

REOPENING NIGHT debuts MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 (10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

REOPENING NIGHT chronicles the challenging 12-week journey of The Public to navigate an obstacle-filled path to opening night of Shakespeare in The Park in the summer of 2021. Building on the work of founder Joe Papp and the long-held principle of The Public that art and culture belong to — and should be accessible to — everyone, the theater invites playwright Jocelyn Bioh to adapt Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor into a modern retelling set in South Harlem’s eclectic community of West African immigrants with an all-Black cast. In the wake of the pandemic’s on-going toll and the societal reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd, “Merry Wives” centers the Black experience and celebrates Black joy within the universal story of Shakespeare’s play. REOPENING NIGHT presents an honest look at the Black experience in theater, acknowledging the challenges and speaking to the expansive power of art to touch people’s lives, as well as to be at the forefront of change and progress.

With behind-the-scenes access to the creative process, from the casting and rehearsals to the design team to the construction of the all-weather set in Central Park, REOPENING NIGHT takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride as opening night swiftly approaches. Among the many voices contributing to the film are: playwright Jocelyn Bioh; director Saheem Ali; The Public’s artistic director Oskar Eustis; set designer Beowulf Boritt; musician Farai Malianga; assistant director Abigail Jean-Baptiste; the actors in the cast of “Merry Wives”; and many more crew, staff, and theater artists who bring the works of The Public to life.

REOPENING NIGHT weaves together the thrill of watching a behind the scenes look at a unique production and a team of lively characters pulling together to overcome myriad hurdles with the inspirational realization that history is being made on the stage of The Delacorte Theater. REOPENING NIGHT documents a unique challenge as The Public strives to embody its aspiration that everyone should get to see theater, and that everyone should get to make it.

HBO Documentary Films’ presents REOPENING NIGHT directed by Rudy Valdez; executive produced by Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz; Produced by Meghan Schale; and co-produced by Sasha Gay-Lewis. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Rodriguez; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

Glow Up Games And HBO® Release Insecure: The Come Up Game

Glow Up Games And HBO® Release Insecure: The Come Up Game

Announced today, Glow Up Games, an all women of color founded game studio, and HBO launch a free-to-play mobile game based on HBO® Original hit series, “Insecure”. Available now, The Come Up Game takes the world of Issa Dee and her friends and brings friendships, drama, and misadventures to life. The sneak peek of the game is now available to download in the App Store with content and feature updates scheduled throughout 2022.

“At Glow Up Games, our mission is to create innovative game stories that center black and brown joy, and as huge fans of ‘Insecure’, this could not have been a more perfect place for us to do just that,” said Dr. Mitu Khandaker, CEO of Glow Up Games. “I’m proud of the amazing, diverse team that my cofounder Latoya Peterson and I have built together, as we endeavor to change the games industry in the way that Issa is changing Hollywood!”

“I’m excited that ‘The Come Up Game’ is finally out for fans of ‘Insecure’ to play!” said Issa Rae. “Working with the Glow Up Games team has been a great experience, as they seamlessly integrated the world of ‘Insecure’ from its characters, stories and music into a game that allows everyone to relive their favorite moments of the series.”

In the Insecure: The Come Up Game, players’ hustle, heart and hype help build a new life in LA. With Issa, Molly, Kelli, Tiffany, Lawrence, and Chad as your guides, navigate the messy business of adulting in Insecure: The Come Up Game. Based on the HBO Original hit show “Insecure”, you move to Issa’s apartment complex, meet the crew, and get a front row seat to all the drama. Issa helps you unlock the power of your mirror to craft reflective rhymes or battle friends and foes around LA through a unique new rap-based mini-game.

Featuring original compositions by noted emcee SΔMMUS and music from Issa Rae’s RAEDIO, The Come Up Game continues the world of “Insecure” – but this time, you direct your own story. Welcome to season six – starring YOU.

Features of Insecure: The Come Up Game

Unleash your inner rap star: Your Mirror B*tch always has your back as you hype yourself up for major events with a fast-paced rhyme and lyric mini game. Stay on beat and unlock new words to dominate your opponents at open mic. Battle local rappers at open mic night to become LA’s hottest new act.
Design your life: Who will you be? Select from dozens of options to fully express yourself. Hair, accessories, and special clothing items all reflect the diversity of a life in full color.
Run Your City: Unlock new locations to experience custom story arcs, exclusive product drops, and special cameos. Your apartment is your self-care oasis, allowing you to reset your mood, text your squad, and recharge before more drama pops off at the club.
Impact Your Community: Support your friends, fight gentrification, create the culture – dating is fun, but it’s only a part of your story.

Insecure: The Come Up Game is now available as a free to play game on the App Store, coming soon to Google Play. For more information visit

About Glow Up Games
Glow Up Games is an all women of color founded studio creating the future of interactive entertainment. Founded by award winning technologist Dr. Mitu Khandaker and media and television veteran Latoya Peterson, the studio centers black and brown joy in storytelling and as a studio practice. Glow Up Games is backed by a diverse group of investors, including Issa Rae, Baron Davis, the founders of King, Etsy, and FourSquare, 1Up Fund and Black Founders Matter. In addition to Insecure: The Come Up Game, the studio is also a part of Niantic’s Black Developers Initiative, leveraging their rap/rhyming mechanic to create a real world AR experience. The studio is a Techstars company, having completed the Comcast Liftlabs accelerator program powered by Techstars in 2020.

About HBO
HBO® is one of the most respected and innovative entertainment brands in the world, serving iconic, award-winning programming through the HBO linear channels and the direct-to-consumer streaming platform, HBO Max®. Internationally, HBO-branded services are available in more than 85 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A part of WarnerMedia, HBO is the world’s most successful pay TV service with an extensive array of programming that includes some of the most notable television titles, including dramas like “Succession,” “Watchmen,” “Westworld,” “Big Little Lies,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Sopranos,” “Band of Brothers” and “The Wire,” as well as comedy series “Barry,” “Insecure” and “Sex and the City”.

Emmy Award-Winning HBO Drama Series EUPHORIA Returns January 9

Emmy Award-Winning HBO Drama Series EUPHORIA Returns January 9

Created, written and directed by Sam Levinson, starring Emmy winner Zendaya, and produced in partnership with A24, the drama series will return for its eight-episode second season SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 (9:00p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Logline: Amidst the intertwining lives in the town of East Highland, 17 year old Rue (Zendaya) must find hope while balancing the pressures of love, loss, and addiction.

Season 2 Cast (series regulars): Emmy-winner Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Nika King, Eric Dane, Angus Cloud, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, Maude Apatow, Javon Walton, Dominic Fike, Storm Reid and Austin Abrams.

Credits: Created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer; executive producers Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Will Greenfield, Drake, Adel “Future” Nur, Zendaya, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin; Kenneth Yu serves as a producer; Ashley Levinson, Harrison Kreiss, and Julio Perez are Co-Producers. Produced in partnership with A24. and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT.



HBO Documentary STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET, debuting MONDAY, DECEMBER 13 (10:00-11:47 p.m. ET/PT), is a rare window into the early days of “Sesame Street,” revealing the creators, artists, writers and educators who together established one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history. The documentary focuses on the first two experimental and groundbreaking decades of “Sesame Street,” highlighting this visionary “gang” that audaciously interpreted radical changes in society and engaged children in ways that entertained and educated in new and innovative ways.

STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.

In the late 1960s, television executive Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop co-founder Lloyd Morrisett took on a revolutionary experiment: to harness the burgeoning power of television and create an educational, impactful and entertaining show that could reach children nationwide. Cooney saw the power that advertising had to use music and images to engage audiences and sell products. She sought to harness that kind of creative energy to sell education and drive culture and knew she would need to enlist trailblazing talent to execute.

She recruited visionary Muppets creator Jim Henson and acclaimed children’s television writer and director Jon Stone to craft the iconic and uplifting world of “Sesame Street.” The creative team knew their bold vision would only move the needle if it appealed to both children and their parents. Inspired by the civil rights movement, Cooney took this one step further, envisioning a program that would not only entertain and educate children, but specifically reach urban communities with less advantaged children with low socioeconomic status, in an effort to fight the educational gap that racism and poverty created.

This revealing documentary explores how the team incorporated groundbreaking puppetry, clever animation, short films, music, humor and cultural references into each episode, ensuring it was engaging enough to keep children and parents coming back, and never shying away from difficult conversations with children.

STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET, inspired by the New York Times’ bestselling book “Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street” by Michael Davis, features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and over 20 original cast and creator interviews. They tell us in their own words about how “the gang” came together, staying committed to their original mission through decades of political and social change, and through it all maintaining a wicked sense of humor and joy.

STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET is directed by Marilyn Agrelo; produced by Trevor Crafts, Ellen Scherer Crafts, Lisa Diamond; executive producers, Brian O’Shea, Nat McCormick, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Mark Myers, Heather Kenyon; co-executive producer, Michael Davis; editor, Ben Gold. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller; coordinating producer, Anna Klein.

HBO Orders THE IDOL To Series

HBO Orders THE IDOL To Series
Amy Seimetz Set To Direct All Episodes

HBO has ordered the drama series THE IDOL, co-created by Sam Levinson (HBO’s “Euphoria”), Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye and Reza Fahim. The series will be filmed in and around Los Angeles.

Amy Seimetz (“The Girlfriend Experience,” “Atlanta,” “She Dies Tomorrow,” “Sun Don’t Shine”) is set to direct all six episodes and will also serve as an executive producer.

Cast previously announced: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp

Logline: THE IDOL, set against the backdrop of the music industry, centers on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult, who develops a complicated relationship with an up-and-coming pop idol.

Quote from Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming: “When the multi-talented Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye, Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson brought us THE IDOL, it was clear their subversive, revelatory take on the cult of the music industry was unlike anything HBO had ever done before. Shortly after, the brilliant duo of Joe Epstein and Amy Seimetz joined forces with the rest of the team, and this dream became a reality.”

Credits: Co-creators Sam Levinson (HBO’s ”Euphoria”), Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye & Reza Fahim; Executive producers/writers Sam Levinson, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Reza Fahim and Joe Epstein; Executive producer/director Amy Seimetz; Executive producers Kevin Turen (HBO’s ”Euphoria”), Ashley Levinson (HBO’s ”Euphoria”), Nick Hall (HBO’s “The White Lotus”) and Sara E. White (“Station 19”); Executive produced by A24; Executive producers for BRON Aaron Gilbert.

HBO Documentary THE FOREVER PRISONER Debuts December 6

HBO Documentary THE FOREVER PRISONER Debuts December 6
From Academy Award®-Winning Filmmaker Alex Gibney, Film Is An Unflinching Look At How America’s Torture Policy Began With CIA Captive Abu Zubaydah

HBO documentary THE FOREVER PRISONER, from acclaimed director Alex Gibney (HBO’s “The Crime of the Century,” “Agents of Chaos,” “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”), tells the chilling story of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee subjected to the CIA’s program of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs), later identified as torture by those outside the agency. Having never been charged with a crime or allowed to challenge his detention, Zubaydah remains imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay in Kafkaesque limbo, in direct contravention of America’s own ideals of justice and due process. This gripping and suspenseful film debuts MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 (10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Twenty years on, THE FOREVER PRISONER reveals the origins of the clandestine operations that led the United States, in the “War on Terror,” on a path of cruelty, deceit, and self-deception. With new revelations and a level of detail made possible by several lawsuits launched by Gibney and producer Ray Bonner against the CIA, captivating, first-hand accounts from the first two interrogators to question Abu Zubaydah, FBI agents Ali Soufan and Stephen Gaudin, and a shocking interview with CIA contractor James Mitchell, the chief architect of EITs, the film uncovers the incompetent and deceptive practices that the U.S. government followed in order to expedite and legalize EITs in the aftermath of 9/11. As a result, torture as a government policy was authorized by the United States for the first time in history.

With newly revelatory testimony from Ali Soufan – due to Gibney’s lawsuit which forced the CIA to un-redact Soufan’s book, “The Black Banners: How Torture Derailed the War on Terror after 9/11,” and access to his never-before-seen interrogation notes about his time with Zubaydah — THE FOREVER PRISONER details how the Palestinian national, who was incorrectly characterized as a high-level al-Qaeda operative (he was in fact an independent facilitator), was subjected to horrific torture at the hands of CIA contractors, including 83 applications of waterboarding in one month alone. The film includes never-before-seen images of brutal treatment drawn by Zubaydah himself as well as powerful entries from his pre-capture and post-capture personal diaries.

Immediately after his capture in a firefight in Pakistan, Abu Zubaydah willingly gave up vital information – including details about impending plots and the identity of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – in traditional interrogations by Soufan and Gaudin. Despite that cooperation, the CIA insisted on pursuing brutal techniques. The agency misled the Department of Justice about Zubaydah in order to be able to obtain legal approval for waterboarding and other techniques. Despite Zubaydah’s plaintive entreaties that he was telling interrogators all he knew (he was) and despite graphic video evidence of the torture (supplied to the CIA in a “best-of” tape), former CIA director George Tenet and former director of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center José Rodriguez, with the backing of the Department of Justice and CIA lawyers, encouraged the interrogations to continue.

THE FOREVER PRISONER reveals fascinating first-hand accounts from several high-level key players including former FBI agent and anti-terrorism expert Ali Soufan; former FBI agent Stephen Gaudin; psychologist and chief architect of the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, Dr. James Elmer Mitchell; former Acting General Counsel of the CIA John Rizzo; brother of Abu Zubaydah Hesham Abu Zubaidah; lawyer to Abu Zubaydah, Joseph Margulies; military attorney for Abu Zubaydah, Lt. Col. Chantell Higgins, Col. Steven Kleinman, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell Lawrence Wilkerson; former General Counsel for the Navy Alberto J. Mora; and Chief Investigator for the Torture Report, Daniel Jones.

Continuing his work in uncovering institutional abuses of power at the highest levels, themes that he has explored in such films as HBO’s “Agents of Chaos” and his Academy Award® winning film “Taxi to the Dark Side,” among others, Gibney reveals shocking details about covert operations carried out in the name of national security. As noted in recent deliberations in the Supreme Court, Abu Zubaydah remains incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay with no recourse to a trial, no hope for release and no voice, leading THE FOREVER PRISONER to raise salient and provocative questions: Is Abu Zubaydah in Guantánamo because of what he did to us or what we did to him? In the shadow of the attacks on our democracy, has America abandoned the very principles it claims to be fighting for?

HBO Documentary Films’ presents a Jigsaw Production THE FOREVER PRISONER directed by Alex Gibney; produced by Alex Gibney, Ray Bonner, Cathy Scott-Clark and Erin Edeiken; co-produced by Tess Ranahan; executive produced by Adrian Levy, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello; edited by Alexis Johnson. For HBO: senior producer, Tina Nguyen; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

HBO Comedy Special drew michael: red blue green Debuts December 4

HBO Comedy Special drew michael: red blue green Debuts December 4
Michael Self-Directs His Second Comedy Special For HBO

The upcoming HBO comedy special drew michael: red blue green, debuts SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 (10:00-11:00 pm ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Logline: In this hilarious, confessional hour of stand-up, Drew Michael airs his issues with relationships, social media, and comedy as therapy.

Credits: Directed by Drew Michael; Executive producers: Drew Michael, Dave Becky, Jerrod Carmichael, Josh Rabinowitz, Christopher Storer, Matthew Vaughan.

HBO Drama Series THE GILDED AGE Debuts January 24

HBO Drama Series THE GILDED AGE Debuts January 24
HBO Releases Official Teaser And First Look Images

From creator Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”), HBO’s THE GILDED AGE debuts MONDAY, JANUARY 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Written by Julian Fellowes and Sonja Warfield, and directed by Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, the nine-episode drama series stars an ensemble cast of Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, with Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.

Logline: The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Spector) and Bertha Russell (Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?

Additional cast (in alphabetical order): Ben Ahlers, Michael Cerveris, Kelley Curran, Claybourne Elder, Linda Emond, Katie Finneran, Amy Forsyth, Michel Gill, Ward Horton, Bill Irwin, Sullivan Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kristine Nielsen, Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Page, Taylor Richardson, Douglas Sills, John Douglas Thompson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Erin Wilhelmi

Credits: Creator/writer/executive producer, Julian Fellowes; executive producer, Gareth Neame; director/executive producer, Michael Engler; executive producer, David Crockett; director/executive producer Salli Richardson-Whitfield; Writer/Co-Executive Producer Sonja Warfield. THE GILDED AGE is a co-production between HBO and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.