In addition to the new HBO Max international shows, HBO has also announced the green light of Perry Mason Season 2 and that Team Coco is producing stand up specials for HBO Max.
About Perry Mason Season 2, Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, said: “It has been an exciting journey to work with the immensely talented team behind Perry Mason. Viewers have relished being transported back in time to 1930’s Los Angeles each week, and we are thrilled to welcome the show back for a second season.”
Perry Mason debuted as HBO‘s most-watched series premiere in nearly two years. The first episode, which premiered on June 21st, has now been seen by eight million viewers.
Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, the drama series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. 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.
Perry Mason stars Matthew Rhys as Perry Mason, a low-rent private investigator who is living check-to-check and is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage. John Lithgow plays Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a struggling attorney and a semi-regular employer of Mason. Juliet Rylance portrays Della Street, E.B. Jonathan’s creative and driven legal secretary.
Also starring are Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice McKeegan, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching to a hungry congregation and a radio audience across the country; Chris Chalk as Paul Drake, a beat cop with a knack for detective work; and Shea Whigham as Pete Strickland, who is hired by Mason as an extra set of eyes on his various investigations.
Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcón, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick appear as well.
The show is executive produced by Amanda Burrell, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones, and Timothy Van Patten (who also directs). The co-executive producer is Aida Rodgers and the producer is Matthew Rhys. The series was created by Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald, based on the characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.
Conan O’Brien’s Emmy-winning digital media company, Team Coco, is also bringing their comedy expertise to HBO Max, producing five previously-announced stand-up specials exclusively for the platform starting in August. The hour-long specials come from Beth Stelling and James Veitch and were filmed before the production shutdown.
For the last decade, Team Coco and Conan have continuously invested in creating a strong network of comedians not only across the linear Conan show, but with original digital series, live events, podcasts and now premium comedy specials.
Beth Stelling got her Late Night TV debut on Conan and has since released two comedy albums, filmed two half-hour stand-up specials and has written for shows like I Love You America with Sarah Silverman, The Last O.G. on TBS, HBO’s Crashing and Another Period for Comedy Central.
She was also an on-set writer and Associate Producer for the film Good Boys produced by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. Her HBO Max special, Beth Stelling, Girl Daddy is an artfully hilarious hour about family, society and the exes who have shaped her.
James Veitch got his U.S. Late Night TV debut on Conan in 2017 and his immensely popular appearance has upward of 26 million views to date on YouTube. Veitch was also a stand out during O’Brien’s Conan & Friends tour in 2018. A former Apple Store Genius, Veitch’s comedy is high-tech: picking apart, parodying (and pranking) the fast-advancing and perplexing technology we live with. His HBO Max special, James Veitch, Straight to VHS explores technology, retro-gaming, and finding love through troubleshooting theory.
Hour long specials from Chris Redd and Moses Storm will be filmed and released at a later date along with two multi act specials hosted by Conan O’Brien featuring Naomi Ekperigin, Solomon Georgio, Ismo and Tommy Johnagin.