‘Chasing Flavor,’ With Celebrity Chef Carla Hall, to Stream on Max Beginning Feb. 1

The new Max original series “Chasing Flavor,” starring chef and best-selling author Carla Hall, will start streaming on the service Feb. 1.

In the series, Hall takes viewers on a global adventure to explore the unexpected roots of popular American dishes. Traveling to Ghana, Italy, Turkey, and other countries, she traces their history and lineage, discovering the interconnected, international origins and cultures that paved the way for today’s American cuisine.

“’Chasing Flavor’ brings together so many of the things I am passionate about,” Hall said in a statement. “It’s about food, and family, and sharing stories and history and travel. And, more importantly, [it’s about] giving credit to the cultures that had a hand in a particular dish.”

Throughout the six half-hour episodes, Hall dives into American classics from shrimp and grits to hot chicken, from chicken pot pie to barbecue. On one episode, she journeys to Italy and to Turkey to discover the origins of ice cream. Stopping at the top ice cream spots in New York and Philadelphia, she learns the unique churning methods used to give the classic dessert its smooth, creamy texture. In Italy, she gets a lesson on the difference between ice cream and gelato, and in Turkey, she uncovers a unique ingredient that gives ice cream its silkiness.  

On other episodes, Hall goes on a taco trip to Mexico and discovers how a vertical flame helped cultures collide to create tacos al pastor. She also explores how Jamaica helped to shape the flaky crust of chicken pot pie, and in Ghana, she gets a spicy taste of the roots of hot chicken with chef Eric Adjepong.  

“Chasing Flavor” is produced by Fremantle’s Original Productions for Max. 

HBO Max Orders Series Prequel to Stephen King-Based ‘It’ Films

HBO Max has ordered the Max original drama series “Welcome to Derry” (working title).

The series, from Warner Bros. Television and developed for television by filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (It) and Jason Fuchs (It: Chapter Two, Wonder Woman, Argylle), is a prequel to the New Line blockbuster “It” films. Andy Muschietti will direct multiple episodes of the series, including the first episode.
 
Set in the world of Stephen King’s “It” universe, “Welcome to Derry” is based on King’s It novel and expands the vision established by Andy Muschietti in the feature films It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two.

“I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara,” Stephen King said in a statement. 
 
“We are thrilled to continue this iconic franchise with the brilliant Andy and Barbara Muschietti, Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement. “This prequel will expand the ‘It’ storytelling canvas and bring fans deeper into the terrifying, mesmerizing town of Derry.”
 
“As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell to pieces,” Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti said in a statement. “It is an epic story that contains multitudes, far beyond what we could explore in our ‘It’ movies. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity and horror.”
 
“To be able to return to the world of my all-time favorite horror novel and help build upon the singularly brilliant cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is more than the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true — or, maybe more appropriately, a nightmare,” Fuchs said in a statement.

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“Welcome to Derry” is produced by HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television. Fuchs will write the teleplay for the first episode, based on a story by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Fuchs. Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane will serve as co-showrunners on the project. Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (through their Double Dream production company, which has an overall deal with WBTV), Fuchs, and Kane are executive producers.

HBO Max Romantic Comedy ‘Moonshot’ Headed to DVD and Digital May 24

The sci-fi romantic comedy Moonshot will be released on DVD and digital sellthrough May 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The HBO Max original film — set in a future where Mars is terraformed and colonized by the best humanity has to offer — follows Walt and Sophie, two very different college students who sneak onboard a space shuttle to the red planet in order to be united with their significant others.

The film stars Cole Sprouse (“Riverdale,” Five Feet Apart), Lana Condor (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy, Alita: Battle Angel), Mason Gooding (Scream, “Love, Victor”), Emily Rudd (“Fear Street” trilogy, “Hunters”) and Zach Braff (Cheaper by the Dozen, Garden State).

Special features include a making-of featurette.

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HBO Max Orders Adult-Animated ‘Harley Quinn’ Spinoff

HBO Max has ordered the 10-episode, adult-animated DC series  “Noonan’s” (working title).

The series, centered on Kite Man (voiced by Matt Oberg), is a spin-off of the Max Original adult-animated DC series “Harley Quinn,” which returns for its third season this summer.
 
In “Noonan’s,” lovable loser Kite Man and his new squeeze Golden Glider moonlight as criminals to support their foolish purchase of Noonan’s, Gotham’s seediest dive bar, where everybody knows your name, but not necessarily your secret identity. 

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“We love the wild and fun world of ‘Harley Quinn’ so much we just had to make a spinoff and who better to center it around than the outcast Kite Man,” Suzanna Makkos, EVP of original comedy and adult animation for HBO Max and Adult Swim, said in a statement. “Justin, Patrick and Dean have created the perfect local hangout for Gotham City’s not-so-finest at Noonan’s, where bar patrons can blow off steam after a long day of mayhem.”    

“‘Harley Quinn’ unlocked a world of hilarious possibilities with the iconic superheroes and supervillains of the DC Universe,” Peter Girardi, EVP, alternative programming, Warner Bros. Animation, said in a statement. “Exploring this world further with our partners at HBO Max and DC is going to be a lot of fun. Plus, after getting dumped by Poison Ivy, the least we could do was give Kite Man his own show.” 

The show is executive produced by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Sam Register, Dean Lorey and Kaley Cuoco. Dean Lorey serves as showrunner. Based on the characters from DC, the series is produced by Delicious Non-Sequitur and Yes, Norman Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation.

HBO Max Titles ‘The Fallout’ and ‘Kimi’ Available on Digital and DVD in April

The HBO Max Originals The Fallout and Kimi are available on DVD and for digital sellthrough in April from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 

Available now is The Fallout. In the film, bolstered by new friendships forged under sudden and tragic circumstances, high schooler Vada (Jenna Ortega) begins to reinvent herself, while re-evaluating her relationships with her family, friends and her view of the world. Moving away from her comfortable family routine, she starts taking chances with a series of quicksilver decisions that test her own boundaries and push her in new directions. As she spends more time with Mia (Maddie Ziegler), they grow closer, and Vada slowly redefines herself through their shared experiences, leading her further away from that day and closer to living her life in the now. Special features on DVD include a making-of featurette.

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Due April 12 is Kimi. It follows Angela Childs (Zoë Kravitz), who reviews data streams for the voice-activated companion server KIMI. Amid a pandemic, though restrictions have eased, she suffers from agoraphobia and follows a strict routine, flirting — among other things — with her neighbor, and communicating with her mother, dentist and therapist via video chat, within the safety of her apartment in Seattle. But that changes when she hears something horrific in one of the streams and reporting a serious crime over email is deemed too risky. Angela hasn’t ventured outside since before the pandemic, so just getting to the office is a huge challenge. Determined to do the right thing, Angela has no idea what will actually happen when — and if — she’s able to step out of her comfort zone. Special features on DVD include “KIMI … Who’s Listening!!?,” which delves into the thriller nature of the film.

Crime Drama Series ‘Tokyo Vice’ Starring Ansel Elgort Headed to HBO Max April 28

The Max Original crime drama series “Tokyo Vice,” starring Ansel Elgort, will debut April 7 on HBO Max with three episodes, followed by two episodes debuting every Thursday leading up to the finale on April 28.
 
The first episode of the series, from Endeavor Content and Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW, will debut in Japan via WOWOW’s streaming service on April 7 with subsequent episodes recurring every Sunday evening on the WOWOW channel starting on April 24 through June.
 
Loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein’s nonfiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, the series, filmed on location in Tokyo, captures Adelstein’s (Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the late 1990s.
 
The series also stars Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu and Tomohisa Yamashita. 

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Tony Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers created and wrote the series and also serves as executive producer. Four-time Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Michael Mann directed the pilot and is an executive producer along with Emmy winner Alan Poul, Jake Adelstein, Ansel Elgort, Emmy winner Emily Gerson Saines, Brad Kane, Destin Daniel Cretton, Ken Watanabe, Kayo Washio and Academy Award winner John Lesher.

Adult Animated Comedy ‘Ten Year Old Tom’ Streaming Sept. 30 on HBO Max

The Max Original adult animated comedy series “Ten Year Old Tom” will debut Sept. 30 on HBO Max.

The series is created and written by Steve Dildarian (“The Life & Times of Tim”), who will executive produce with TV animation veteran Nick Weidenfeld (“The Boondocks,” “Rick & Morty”). Dildarian plays the lead character Tom alongside a cast that includes Byron Bowers, Todd Glass, Gillian Jacobs, Edi Patterson and John Malkovich with guest appearances by David Duchovny, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Lyonne, Mark Proksch, Tim Robinson, George Wallace and more.

“Steve Dildarian is a tremendous talent and a wonderful collaborator,” Billy Wee, SVP of comedy and animation at HBO Max, said in a statement. “We can’t wait for comedy fans everywhere to experience the absurd brilliance of ‘Ten Year Old Tom.'”

“I wanted to write a show about a kid who’s trying to make sense of the world around him, but to do it in a way that doesn’t pull punches,” Dildarian said in a statement. “HBO Max is the perfect home for a show like that, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”

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“Ten Year Old Tom” follows the misadventures of an average kid as he contends with questionable guidance from the well-meaning grownups around him. Being a kid is hard enough for Tom, but when bad influences seem to lurk around every corner — from litigious parents and drug dealing bus drivers to school administrators who want to sleep with his mom — it’s downright impossible. While the adults in Tom’s life certainly mean well, they just can’t manage to lead by example.