HBO has started production in New York on drama series The Time Traveler’s Wife and announced the premiere date for Betty Season 2.
On the HBO Max side, there’s two new Issa Rae projects in the works. The streaming service has announced unscripted series Sweet Life: Los Angeles and teamed up with Miramax Television to bring back Project Greenlight.
THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE
David Nutter (Emmy-winning director for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers and nominee for The Sopranos and The Pacific) has joined The Time Traveler’s Wife as an executive producer and will direct the six-episode first season. The series has started filming in New York.
The series stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Theo James (Divergent), Desmin Borges (You’re the Worst) and Natasha Lopez (Runner Runner). An intricate and magical love story, adapted by Steven Moffat from the much loved novel (buy at Amazon) by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the story of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem… time travel.
“This is a story of loss but it’s not a tragedy. It’s about a time traveler but it’s not science fiction. Despite Clare and Henry’s time scrambled relationship, this is the tale of a grand, ordinary love – but not necessarily in that order,” said Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer.
He added: “This is a dream project for me. I have always loved Audrey Niffenegger’s extraordinary, moving novel and it has inspired me many times, so to be adapting it for television is the thrill of a lifetime.
“Working with David Nutter is a joy and an honour already, and with Rose Leslie and Theo James as Clare and Henry, and Natasha Lopez and Desmin Borges as Charisse and Gomez, this is going to be the love story we need right now.”
Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Drama Programming, added: “Steven Moffat is the perfect writer to bring this beloved book and genre-bending story about marriage to life. We also couldn’t be more thrilled that David Nutter will be returning to HBO to direct all episodes of the season.”
BETTY SEASON 2
Based on creator Crystal Moselle’s 2018 Sundance hit Skate Kitchen, Betty will return to HBO for a second season on Friday, June 11 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT). The series follows five young women on journeys of self-discovery against the backdrop of New York City’s male-dominated skateboarding scene. The six-episode season will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.
In season two, our five protagonists are stepping firmly into womanhood and tackling all the challenges it brings. As they navigate the pressures of adulthood, their male counterparts start to step up, step in, and become true allies, forming a united front for the greater good. Set in the last chapter of 2020, the season captures the pandemic in New York City, where masks and outside activities are the norm.
This season stars Nina Moran as “Kirt,” Dede Lovelace as “Janay,” Moonbear as “Honeybear,” Rachelle Vinberg as “Camille” and Ajani Russell as “Indigo.”
Recurring cast this season include: Katerina Tannenbaum (AJ and the Queen) as Honeybear’s girlfriend, “Ash”; Andrew Darnell as Janay’s adversarial love interest, “Sylvester”; Lil’ Dre as Camille’s new skating partner and content collaborator, “Tai”; Chef Roblé Ali as Janay’s cousin, “Jzabel”; Rad Pereira as “Victoria,” Honeybear and Ash’s alluring third; Isabel Palma as betty “Shelby”; Eisa Davis as Indigo’s mom, “Jeanne”; Danielle Melendez as Indigo’s sugarbaby guide, “Paloma”; Aya Aldamin as the crew’s beloved “Deli Mama”; Florence Pedrosa Blake Mourad as Honeybear’s “Grandma Sue”; Alexander Cooper, Raekwon Haynes, Moisés Acevedo, Judah Lang, Joe Apollonio, and Sage Ceasar as skater boys “Charlie,” “Philip,” “Micah,” “Scruffy,” “Joe,” and “Teddy.”
HBO Max has given an eight-episode order to the docuseries Project Greenlight from Miramax and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure and A Black Lady Sketch Show), a reinvention of the critically-acclaimed original Miramax and HBO series.
Project Greenlight is a docuseries focusing on the next generation of talented female filmmakers who are given the chance to direct a feature film. Issa Rae will appear in every episode as an Executive Producer, providing guidance and mentorship to these aspiring filmmakers. The finished film will then premiere on HBO Max.
Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family, HBO Max, said: “At HBO Max, we are committed to providing a platform for diverse, up-and-coming talent. Issa is uniquely skilled in this space, and we are thrilled to be partnering with her and Miramax as a promising group of filmmakers is inspired and challenged with their biggest opportunity yet.”
Marc Helwig, Head of Worldwide Television, Miramax, added: “By relaunching the iconic PROJECT GREENLIGHT with the brilliant Issa Rae and HBO Max, we continue our efforts to mine the Miramax library and create exciting, groundbreaking new content as well as forge opportunities for a new generation of innovative voices to be heard.”
Project Greenlight is produced by HOORAE and Miramax. The series is executive produced by Issa Rae and Montrel McKay through HOORAE, along with Jonathan Berry and Dave Becky through 3 Arts Entertainment. Amanda Klein, SVP of Development, is shepherding the project for Miramax TV. Sara Rastogi serves as a co-executive producer through HOORAE.
SWEET LIFE: LOS ANGELES
HBO Max has also ordered the unscripted series Sweet Life: Los Angeles, from Issa Rae and set to debut this summer.
Sweet Life: Los Angeles gives an honest and unique look into what it means to be young, Black, and in constant pursuit of one’s dreams in the heart of South Los Angeles.
The series follows a group of young, strong-willed, ambitious Black friends showcasing their relatable, authentic and sometimes stumbling mid-20s moments as they embrace the joy and struggles of love and family, while building their careers as tastemakers and influencers in the city where they grew up.
Jennifer O’Connell said: “We are thrilled to partner with Issa Rae on this fun, dynamic series about a real group of friends and their unique, yet intertwined experiences in South Los Angeles, which has a one-of-a-kind culture that deserves a spotlight all its own.”
Issa Rae quote: “We’re so proud to present a grounded and fun slice of young Black LA life. We hope the HBO Max audience will relate to and fall in love with this group of friends as much as we have.”
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.