While the May lineup has just kicked off, HBO is already giving an early look at its June schedule. In addition to the HBO June 2020 premieres, we’re also including a new Cinemax series and the HBO shows that will air new episodes next month. You can click on the titles for more information.
HBO June 2020 Schedule:
YVONNE ORJI: MOMMA, I MADE IT! (Comedy Special – June 6)
Synopsis: Interspersed with vibrant, personal footage shot in Nigeria, Yvonne’s native home, during a milestone trip in early January, this special takes an intimate, hilarious look at what being Nigerian-American means to Yvonne – from her international haggling addiction and having her phone tapped by her parents as a kid, to the fine line between cursing people out and putting curses on them. The special was filmed before a live audience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Credits: Written, performed, and executive produced by Yvonne Orji; directed by Chris Robinson; executive produced by Michelle Caputo, Shannon Hartman, and DC Wade.
I MAY DESTROY YOU (New Series – June 7)
Synopsis: A fearless, frank and provocative half-hour series that explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation.
Cast: Michaela Coel, Weruche Opia, Paapa Essiedu, Aml Ameen, Adam James, Sarah Niles, Ann Akin, Harriet Webb, Ellie James, Franc Ashman, Karan Gill, Natalie Walter, and Samson Ajewole.
Credits: Executive producers for Various Artists Ltd, Phil Clarke and Roberto Troni; executive producer for FALKNA Productions/writer/director/star, Michaela Coel; producer, Simon Maloney; producer, Simon Meyers; director, Sam Miller; production companies, Various Artists Ltd and FALKNA Productions.
PERRY MASON (Drama Series – June 21)
Synopsis: 1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! 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 breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
Cast: Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow star. The cast also includes Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Gayle Rankin, Lili Taylor, Juliet Rylance, Andrew Howard, Robert Patrick, and Stephen Root.
Credits: Executive producers for Team Downey, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell; writer/showrunner/executive producer, Ron Fitzgerald; executive producer, Joe Horacek; writer/showrunner/executive producer, Rolin Jones; director/executive producer, Tim Van Patten; co-executive producer Aida Rodgers; star/producer, Matthew Rhys.
I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK (Documentary Series – June 28)
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling true crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, this series is a comprehensive exploration of a violent psychopath who terrorized California in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s by McNamara, who died suddenly while investigating the unsolved crimes. It is also a haunting personal memoir and self-examination of her obsessive quest for justice on behalf of the victims and survivors of the crimes.
Credits: Liz Garbus directs.
TRANSHOOD (Documentary – June 24)
Synopsis: Filmed over five years in Kansas City, this documentary follows four transgender kids — beginning at ages 4, 7, 12, and 15 — as they redefine “coming of age.” These kids and their families show us the intimate realities of how gender is re-shaping the family next door in a unique and unprecedented chronicle of growing up transgender in the heartland. The film is a nuanced story of how parents and children are challenged, transform, and sometimes find unexpected purpose in their identities as transgender families. Moving, surprising and inspiring, this story teaches us something new about being human.
Credits: Directed and produced by Sharon Liese.
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA (Documentary – June 30)
Synopsis: In the present-day Russian republic of Chechnya, gay and transgender citizens are targeted as part of a deadly “cleansing” campaign. This searing documentary shadows a group of brave LGBTQ activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing persecution, working undercover to rescue the victims of this aggression. Through a succession of safe houses and a global underground network of collaborators, the LGBTQ advocates provide victims temporary safety and urgent visa assistance, because fleeing Russia is their only chance for survival.
Credits: Directed by David France.
BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN (Documentary – TBA June)
Synopsis: This film offers an unflinching look at the infamous attorney who prosecuted Ivy Meeropol’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later argued persuasively for their execution in what became known as the “atomic spies” case. The film examines Cohn’s life as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the late 1950s, through the 1980s when he became a darling of the Reagan White House, a rabid anti-homosexuality activist and political mentor to Donald J. Trump before meeting his death from AIDS in 1986. The film draws from extensive, newly unearthed archival material, recorded at the height of Cohn’s career as a power broker in the rough and tumble world of New York City business and politics.
Credits: Directed by Ivy Meeropol.
HBO SHOWS AIRING NEW EPISODES IN JUNE
BETTY (May 1 Premiere)
Synopsis: Inspired by Crystal Moselle’s critically acclaimed feature Skate Kitchen, this six-episode half-hour series follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding, set against the backdrop of New York City.
Cast: Stars Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg, who all starred in the original film.
Credits: Directed by Crystal Moselle; executive produced by Moselle, Lesley Arfin, Igor Srubshchik and Jason Weinberg.
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE (May 10 Premiere)
Synopsis: Mark Ruffalo stars as identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in this family saga, which follows their parallel lives in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of 20th-century America. The six-episode limited drama series, written for television and directed by Derek Cianfrance, is based on Wally Lamb’s award-winning New York Times bestseller of the same name.
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, John Procaccino, Rob Huebel, Philip Ettinger, Aisling Franciosi, Michael Greyeyes, Guillermo Diaz, Marcello Fonte, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Goodman with Juliette Lewis and Kathryn Hahn.
Credits: Written for television and directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance executive produces along with Ben Browning & Glen Basner for FilmNation Entertainment, Mark Ruffalo for Willi Hill Productions, Gregg Fienberg, Lynette Howell Taylor, Wally Lamb, Anya Epstein; Jamie Patricof co-executive produces.
INSECURE SEASON 4 (APRIL 12 PREMIERE)
Synopsis: Starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Y’lan Noel, this comedy series follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.
Cast: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Y’lan Noel.
Credits: Created by Issa Rae & Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Amy Aniobi and Jim Kleverweis; co-executive producers, Laura Kittrell and Phil Augusta Jackson.
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER Season 7 (February 16 Premiere)
Synopsis: The only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night, this series takes a satirical look at news, politics and current events. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts, the Emmy-winning show features John Oliver’s topical commentary on the previous week’s events, as well as addressing broader issues.
Credits: Executive producers, John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jon Thoday and James Taylor; director, Paul Pennolino.
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Season 26 (January 28 Premiere)
Synopsis: Winner of 34 Sports Emmys, and the only sports show to receive four Columbia University-duPont broadcast journalism awards, this monthly magazine program explores issues, controversies and personalities in the sports world with provocative reports.
Cast: Host Bryant Gumbel is joined by correspondents Mary Carillo, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Andrea Kremer, Soledad O’Brien and David Scott.
Credits: Executive Producers, Peter Nelson, Rick Bernstein, Joe Perskie.
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER Season 18 (January 17 Premiere)
Synopsis: This weekly live show is devoted to news and comedy, allowing host Bill Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues. Editions debut Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Credits: The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Billy Martin; co-executive producer, Chris Kelly; producer, Matt Wood; associate producers, Chelsea Braun, Miles Leicher, Joaquin Torres; director, Paul Casey.
SESAME STREET 50th Season
Synopsis: Now in its 50th season, the award-winning show continues on HBO. For more than four decades, the series has helped children grow smarter, stronger and kinder by providing preschoolers with the gold-standard in quality educational programming.
Credits: Executive producers, Brown Johnson, Benjamin Lehmann; senior producer, Stephanie Longardo; coordinating producer, Mindy Fila; producer, Karyn Leibovich; directed by Marilyn Agrelo, Ken Diego, Shannon Flynn, Benjamin Lehmann, Linda Mendoza, Alan Muraoka, Liliana Olszewski, Scott Preston, Matt Vogel, Nadine Zylstra; head writer, Ken Scarborough; writers, Molly Boylan, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Jennifer Capra, Jessica Carleton, Geri Cole, Joe Fallon, Christine Ferraro, Liz Hara, Ron Holsey, Keion Jackson, Elizabeth Keyishian, Raye Lankford, Benjamin Lehmann, Andrew Moriarty, Max Nicoll, Carol-Lynn Parente, Luis Santeiro, Ken Scarborough, Belinda Ward.
TRACKERS (New Cinemax Drama Series – June 5)
Synopsis: An adaptation of internationally-acclaimed author Deon Meyer’s crime novel, Trackers, shot entirely in South Africa, deftly interweaves three story strands into a sophisticated action-packed thriller that covers the length and breadth of the country, explosively colliding in Cape Town in a violent conspiracy involving organized crime, smuggled diamonds, state security, black rhinos, the CIA and an international terrorist plot.
Cast: James Alexander, Rolanda Marais, Ed Stoppard, Sandi Schultz, Brendon Daniels, Trix Vivier, Thapelo Mokoena, and Sisanda Henna.
Credits: Executive producers, Cobus van den Berg, Tim Theron, Jonathan Drake, Robert Thorogood, Deon Meyer; executive creative producer, Steve Maher; series producer, Rebecca Fuller-Campbell; directed by Jyri Kähönen; cinematography by Ivan Strasburg; adapted for television by Robert Thorogood from the novel by Deon Meyer; a Cinemax presentation of a Three River Fiction and Scene23 co-production in association with M-Net and ZDF.