HBO Renews Drama Series ‘True Detective’ for Fifth Season

HBO has renewed the original drama series “True Detective” for a fifth season. The fourth season, “True Detective: Night Country,” starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis, concluded Feb. 18.

Additionally, under a new multiyear overall deal with HBO, “Night Country” show runner, writer and executive producer Issa López will create content exclusive to HBO and Max, including the next season of “True Detective.”
 
“Issa Lopez is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO’s creative spirit,” Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO programming, head of HBO drama series and films, said in a statement. “She helmed ‘True Detective: Night Country’ from start to finish, never once faltering from her own commendable vision, and inspiring us with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera. Alongside Jodie and Kali’s impeccable performances, she’s made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.”
 
“From conception to release, ‘Night Country’ has been the most beautiful collaboration and adventure of my entire creative life,” López said in a statement. “HBO trusted my vision all the way, and the idea of bringing to life a new incarnation of True Detective with Casey, Francesca and the whole team is a dream come true. I can’t wait to go again.”
 
In “True Detective: Night Country,” when the long winter night falls in Ennis, Ala., the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice. The season also stars Finn Bennett, Fiona Shaw, Christopher Eccleston, Isabella Star LaBlanc and John Hawkes. Guest stars include Anna Lambe, Aka Niviâna and Joel D. Montgrand. 

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“True Detective: Night Country” is the most watched season of “True Detective,” with 12.7 million cross platform viewers, according to HBO. Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the season on Blu-ray and DVD July 9.

‘The Girls on the Bus’ to Stream on Max Starting March 14

The Max original drama series “The Girls on the Bus,” from Warner Bros. Television, debuts with two episodes on March 14, followed by one new episode weekly through May 9 on Max.

The series invites viewers to hit the campaign trail alongside four female journalists, each of them different in their reporting styles and personalities. The story centers on Sadie McCarthy (Melissa Benoist), a journalist who romanticizes a bygone era of campaign reporting and scraps her whole life for a shot at covering a presidential candidate for a paper of record. Sadie joins the bus and eventually bonds with three female competitors, Grace (Carla Gugino), Lola (Natasha Behnam) and Kimberlyn (Christina Elmore). Despite their differences, the women become a found family with a front-row seat to the greatest soap opera in town — the battle for the White House.

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From creators Amy Chozick and Julie Plec, “The Girls on the Bus” is inspired by Chozick’s experiences as a political reporter on the campaign bus with multiple presidential candidates. Chozick and Plec serve as executive producers alongside showrunner Rina Mimoun, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Leigh London Redman, and Marcos Siega; Jesse Peretz executive produced and directed the pilot; and Benoist serves as a producer. The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Episode Five to Hit Max Before HBO

Episode five of the HBO Original drama series “True Detective: Night Country” will be available to stream early on Max beginning Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST in advance of its HBO linear premiere on Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

The season finale will debut Feb. 18 at the same time on HBO and Max.

In the series, when the long winter night falls in Ennis, Ala., the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.

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The series also stars Finn Bennett, Fiona Shaw, Christopher Eccleston, Isabella Star LaBlanc and John Hawkes with guest stars Anna Lambe, Aka Niviâna and Joel D. Montgrand.

Netflix Unveils Trailer for ‘House of Ninjas,’ Debuting Feb. 15

Netflix has released a trailer for the action series “House of Ninjas,” debuting Feb. 15 on the service.

The series explores the story of Japanese ninjas still secretly undertaking missions in modern society. Set in today’s Japan, “House of Ninjas” follows the Tawara family, the last ninja clan who abandoned their roots after a mission gone wrong. Now, an unprecedented crisis beckons the family back into action.

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Netflix Announces New Series ‘Death by Lightning’ About President James Garfield

Netflix Feb. 1 announced the new series “Death by Lightning,” a drama retelling the rise of U.S. President James Garfield and his subsequent assassination by Charles Guiteau.

From creator Mike Makowsky and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, under their deal with Netflix, and Matt Ross, who will direct all episodes, the series is based on the novel Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard.

The series brings to life the epic and stranger-than-fiction true story of James Garfield, reluctant 20th president of the United States, and his greatest admirer Charles Guiteau — the man who would come to kill him.

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The series stars Matthew Macfadyen (“Succession,” Deadpool 3, “Stonehouse,” Operation Mincemeat) as Guiteau, and Michael Shannon (“George & Tammy,” “Waco,” Nocturnal Animals, Revolutionary Road) as Garfield.

Max Series ‘Bookie’ Renewed for Second Season

The Max original comedy series “Bookie,” from Emmy-nominated creators Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay, has been renewed for a second season.

The season one finale debuted on Dec. 21, and the full first season is available to stream on Max.

The darkly funny comedy follows veteran Los Angeles bookie Danny (Sebastian Maniscalco) as the potential legalization of sports gambling in California threatens to upend his business for good. Alongside best friend and former NFL player Ray (Omar J. Dorsey), side-hustling sister Lorraine (Vanessa Ferlito), and reluctantly reformed drug dealer Hector (Jorge Garcia), Danny must contend with his increasingly unstable clients as he tries to settle their debts — all while making plenty of risky bets of his own.

“The collaboration between Chuck and Sebastian has proven to be a winning hand, and we’re looking forward to continuing the story with this incredibly talented cast and crew,” Amy Gravitt, EVP of HBO programming and head of HBO and Max comedy series, said in a statement.

“We couldn’t be more excited that Max listened to their gut, paid the juice, and let it ride on season two of ‘Bookie,'” executive producers Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay said in a statement.

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“There’s no doubt that Chuck and Nick’s ‘Bookie’ won big this season as they took us on a hilarious ride into the underbelly of illegal sports gambling, featuring a cast led by another dynamic duo: Sebastian Maniscalco and Omar J. Dorsey,” Channing Dungey, chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to watching more of their antics in season two.  Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and thanks to our partners at Max.”

Great American Pure Flix to Stream Second Season of ‘Going Home’ Starting Jan. 5

Faith- and family-streaming service Great American Pure Flix has announced the second season of the television series “Going Home.” New episodes will premiere each Friday Jan. 5 through Feb. 9.

The first season of “Going Home” premiered on Great American Pure Flix in June 2022. Creator Dan Merchant returns as the Affirm originals series’ showrunner and lead director. Cynthia Geary once again stars as Charley Copeland, a hospice nurse who sees her role as a calling from God to help shepherd people from this life to eternity.

“This is one of my favorite and most meaningful roles,” Geary said in a statement. “I can’t wait for ‘Going Home’ fans to experience this new season filled with stories of compassion and forgiveness.”

In addition to Geary, the show also stars Cozi Zuehlesdorff, Aviona Rodriguez Brown, Steve LloydChristopher WiehlElly SimsTrent Sims and Matt Davidson.

Season 2 guest stars include Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Mel Harris (“Thirtysomething”), Ellen Travolta (“Charles in Charge”), Gloria Reuben (Lincoln), George Newbern (Father of the Bride) and Cayden Boyd (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl).

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“We loved hearing how the show touched people’s hearts in our first season,” Merchant said in a statement. “In this new season, things get more personal for Charley and the other hospice nurses. We think the audience will be touched as Charley explores GriefShare with Alec to help manage the loss of his wife as well as a loss Charley doesn’t realize she’s still grieving. Janey grows into her own as an excellent nurse only to find things complicated by a new love interest, and Tamara manages serious health issues even as her strength and grace bolster Sunset House.”

Merchant turned to GriefShare, a global Christian grief-support group, for support after the loss of his father.

Netflix to Bow Lena Dunham-Created Rom-Com Series ‘Too Much’

Netflix has announced “Too Much,” a new romantic comedy series created by writer, director, producer and actor Lena Dunham (“Girls,” Catherine Called Birdy) and her husband Luis Felber.

The series follows Jessica, a New York workaholic in her mid-thirties, reeling from a broken relationship that she thought would last forever and slowly isolating from everyone she knows. When every block in New York tells a story of her own bad behavior, the only solution is to take a job in London, where she plans to live a life of solitude like a Bronte sister. But when she meets Felix — who is less Hugh Grant in Notting Hill and more Hugh Grant’s drunken roommate — she finds that their unusual connection is impossible to ignore, even as it creates more problems than it solves.

From the creator of “Girls” and the producers of Love Actually, “Too Much” will star Megan Stalter (Hacks) in the lead role of Jessica and Will Sharpe (“The White Lotus”) as Felix.

The series will be produced by Working Title Television, which is part of Universal International Studios, and Lena Dunham’s Good Thing Going. The series will also feature original music from Luis Felber.

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“This is a show that is very close to my heart — created with my husband Luis, cast with my favorite actors — the geniuses that are Meg and Will, along with a bevy of friends — and partnering again with Working Title, who are behind the romantic comedies that formed me,” Dunham said in a statement. “Netflix has been so deeply supportive of the vision, which is to create a romantic comedy that makes us root for love, brings joy but also has the jagged edges of life.”

Production will begin in the United Kingdom in 2024.

Netflix Orders New Drama Series ‘Ransom Canyon’

Netflix has announced a series order of “Ransom Canyon,” a drama set in Texas and starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly.

From writer-creator-executive producer April Blair (“Wednesday,” “All American”), the 10-episode, romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western saga charts the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country. 

Josh Duhamel (The Lost Husband, Transformers, Love, Simon) will play Staten Kirkland, owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch. Steadfast and stoic, Staten leads the charge to resist outside forces threatening his way of life and the land that he loves.

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Minka Kelly (“Euphoria,” New York Times best-selling Author, Friday Night Lights) plays Quinn, who has often found herself in the shadow of others. After a stint in New York pursuing her career as a concert pianist, she has returned to Ransom Canyon to carve out a new path for herself. 

Season Two of ‘Julia’ Starts Streaming on Max Nov. 16

The eight-episode second season of the Max original series “Julia” debuts with three episodes Nov. 16 on Max, followed by one episode weekly through Dec. 21.
 
In season two, with her trailblazing cooking show up and running on the air, Julia grapples with her rising celebrity and what that means for her, her colleagues and her show. Julia and her devoted husband Paul return from Simca’s home in France to find that her success has changed everything. Through her singular joie de vivre, she and her team must navigate WGBH, the White House and a threat from their past, while continuing to spearhead female-driven public television and confront social issues still prevalent today.

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Returning series regulars include Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott and Robert Joy.