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Station Eleven, Sweet Life Renewed & More Music Box Titles

HBO Max today released a first look at the new limited series Station Eleven, renewed Sweet Life: Los Angeles for a second season, and announced additional titles coming to HBO Documentary Films’ Music Box series.

For Station Eleven, HBO Max revealed the official teaser trailer and first-look images. The series will debut on the streaming service on December 16, 2021.

Station Eleven, Sweet Life Renewed & More Music Box Titles

A post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, this limited drama series tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost.

Station Eleven is based on the international bestseller of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel.

Station Eleven

Station Eleven stars Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, Daniel Zovatto, David Wilmot, Matilda Lawler, Philippine Velge, Nabhaan Rizwan and Lori Petty, with Gael Garcìa Bernal and Danielle Deadwyler recurring. The series is created for television and showrun by Patrick Somerville with Paramount Television Studios serving as the studio.

Station Eleven is executive produced by Somerville, Scott Steindorff, Scott Delman, Dylan Russell, Jessica Rhoades, Hiro Murai, Jeremy Podeswa and Nate Matteson. Nick Cuse and David Nicksay are co-EPs. Murai, Podeswa, Helen Shaver, Lucy Tcherniak direct.

The Max Original unscripted series Sweet Life: Los Angeles, from Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae, has been renewed for a second season. Season one, which debuted in August, is currently available to stream on HBO Max.

Sweet Life: Los Angeles gives a unique look at what it means to be young, Black, ambitious, and in constant pursuit of one’s dreams. Exploring themes of loyalty, legacy, and love, this coming-of-age series follows a group of long-time friends in South L.A., as they navigate the relatable, chaotic, mid-20s moments at the quarter-life mark and propel each other into adulthood success.

Station Eleven, Sweet Life Renewed & More Music Box Titles

Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family, HBO Max said: “We are thrilled with the success of Sweet Life: Los Angeles. The incredibly talented Issa Rae and her producing partners delivered an elevated, purposeful series, which featured the fun, inspiring and challenging moments that young adults face navigating relationships and careers.”

Rebecca Quinn, Senior Vice President, Non-Fiction, HBO Max added: “Fans are really embracing this endearing, entertaining and ambitious group of friends. We can’t wait to see where they take us for season two as they continue to shine an important light on Black culture in South Los Angeles.”

Sweet Life: Los Angeles is produced by HOORAE; Main Event Media, an All3Media America Company; and Morning Dew Pictures. Issa Rae, Montrel McKay, Jimmy Fox, Sheri Maroufkhani, Leola Westbrook and Sun de Graaf serve as executive producers.

Rajah Ahmed and Pyongson “Sunny” Yim serve as co-executive producers. Sara Rastogi and Ashley Calloway serve as producers.

Photo by Glen Ballard/Courtesy HBO

HBO Documentary Films’ Music Box series, meanwhile, continues with Jagged, premiering November 18. Additional titles include DMX: Don’t Try to Understand, Listening to Kenny G, Mr. Saturday Night and Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss.

HBO’s Jagged, directed by Alison Klayman (The Brink, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) and executive produced by Bill Simmons (HBO’s Andre The Giant, Showbiz Kids), takes viewers to 1995, when a 21-year-old Alanis Morissette burst onto the music scene with the first single off her ground-breaking album, Jagged Little Pill. With a rawness and emotional honesty that resonated with millions, and despite a commercial landscape that preferred its rock stars to be male, she took radio and MTV by storm and the album went on to sell 33 million copies.

Photo by Epiphany Music/Alanis Morissette/Courtesy HBO

Featuring an in-depth interview with Alanis, as well as never-before-seen archival material, Jagged explores her beginnings as a young Canadian pop star, the rocky path she faced navigating the male-dominated music industry, and the glass ceiling she shattered on her journey to becoming the international icon and empowered artist she is today.

Jagged debuts Thursday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. It continues the Music Box documentary series created by Bill Simmons, which launched in July with Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage. The weekly series will air on subsequent Thursdays at the same time and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

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Subsequent films in the series will continue airing over the next four weeks:

DMX: Don’t Try to Understand (November 25), directed by Christopher Frierson, focuses on a year in the life of rapper Earl “DMX” Simmons as he is released from prison in early 2019 and attempts to rebuild his career in the music industry and reconnect with family and fans. Unfolding in cinéma vérité style and with unfettered access, the film bears witness to a man searching for reinvention and redemption, striving to stay true to himself while reestablishing his roles as a father, an artist and an icon.

Listening to Kenny G (December 2), directed by Penny Lane, takes a humorous but incisive look at the saxophonist Kenny G, the best-selling instrumental artist of all time, and quite possibly the one of the most famous living musicians. The film investigates the artist formerly known as Kenny Gorelick, unravelling the allure of the man who played jazz so smoothly that a whole new genre formed around him, and questioning fundamental assumptions about art and excellence in the process. In his own words, Kenny G speaks candidly about his musical background, his stringent work ethic, and his controversial standing in the jazz canon.

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Mr. Saturday Night (December 9), directed by John Maggio, chronicles the meteoric career of Australian entrepreneur Robert Stigwood, who gambled on a magazine article about the Brooklyn night club scene and turned it into the 1977 cultural touchstone Saturday Night Fever, making a global superstar out of John Travolta, and reinvigorating disco with a platinum-selling soundtrack album anchored by four number one hits from the Bee Gees.

The film tracks Stigwood’s journey from managing artists such as Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees, to producing the hit shows Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, and Evita, to forever changing the way film studios approached movie soundtrack synergy, leaving an indelible mark on American cinema and the record industry for decades to come.

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Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss (December 16), directed by Tommy Oliver, is an intimate and often eye-opening exploration of the life and all-too-short career of wunderkind rapper Juice WRLD, told primarily though verité, his prolific music making, and his freestyles.

A dynamic, real-time account of the Chicago native who was already heading for superstardom and streaming supremacy by the time he was 18 courtesy of his breakout hit, “Lucid Dreams,” the film includes a wealth of never-before-seen footage, unreleased music, and dozens of industry interviews as it details Juice WRLD’s struggles to navigate his meteoric rise to fame, his drug use, and mental health issues.

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