HBO today announced the premiere dates and months for Big Little Lies, Veep, Chernobyl, and Los Espookys.
Created by David E. Kelley, teleplays by David E. Kelley and story by Kelley and Liane Moriarty, and based on the novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies returns for its seven-episode second season in June. The new season explores the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode… and the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.
Big Little Lies Season 2 is described as follows: “On the surface, in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, everything seems the same. The mothers continue to dote, the husbands support, the children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” – Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie – bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.”
The cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Meryl Streep, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, and Douglas Smith.
Big Little Lies is executive produced by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, David E. Kelley, Andrea Arnold, Jean-Marc Vallée, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, Gregg Fienberg, Nathan Ross, and Liane Moriarty. All seven episodes were directed by Andrea Arnold.
The Emmy-winning comedy series Veep kicks off its seven-episode, seventh and final season on Sunday, March 31 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The show stars Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, who is hitting the campaign trail as she runs for president.
The ensemble cast of the show also includes two-time Emmy winner Tony Hale as Gary, her devoted bodyman; Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky as Amy, her right hand; Emmy nominee Matt Walsh as Mike, her former spokesperson; Reid Scott as the ultra-ambitious Dan; Timothy C. Simons as Jonah Ryan, a former hanger-on turned congressman; Kevin Dunn as Ben, her campaign manager; Emmy nominee Gary Cole as analyst Kent; Sam Richardson as staffer Richard; and Sarah Sutherland as Catherine, Selina’s daughter.
Veep was created by Armando Iannucci; executive produced by David Mandel, Frank Rich, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lew Morton, Morgan Sackett Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory.
Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Debuting on HBO in May, the five-part miniseries stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson.
Chernobyl was written and executive produced by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck. The series was produced by Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint as an HBO/Sky co-production. Carolyn Strauss and Jane Featherstone executive produce. Johan Renck and Chris Fry co-executive produce, and Sanne Wohlenberg produces.
The miniseries also stars Paul Ritter as Chernobyl deputy chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, Jessie Buckley as Lyudmilla Ignatenko, a Pripyat resident married to a firefighter on the first response team, Adrian Rawlins as Chernobyl chief engineer Nikolai Fomin, and Con O’Neill as plant director Viktor Bryukhanov.
From the minds of fresh, exciting talents Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live, comes the primarily Spanish-language comedy series Los Espookys, which begins its six-episode season this June on HBO. The half-hour series follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.
Starring Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres and Fred Armisen, Los Espookys was created by Fred Armisen & Ana Fabrega & Julio Torres, and executive produced by Fred Armisen, Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer.
Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco), a horror and gore enthusiast, assembles his friends to form Los Espookys. Noble, kind, naïve, and always running out of cellphone minutes, he’s joined by Ursula (Cassandra Ciangherotti), a tough, calm and collected dental assistant who handles the logistics and execution of Los Espookys’ work, like making sure they get paid for their spooks. Also in the group is Ursula’s sister, Tati (Ana Fabrega), who constantly juggles several odd jobs, such as breaking in other people’s shoes and counting people’s steps. She acts as Los Espookys’ test dummy.
Rounding out Los Espookys is Renaldo’s best friend, Andres (Julio Torres), a dark and mysterious heir to a chocolate empire who longs to unlock the secrets to his past and avoid his beautiful boyfriend. Meanwhile, Renaldo’s reliable uncle, Tico (Fred Armisen), is living his dream of parking cars as a prodigious valet driver in LA.