4. HBO MAX AT THE TCAs
It was HBO's turn on stage at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour. Here's a little taste of everything that was discussed and announced during the panel.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON: The "Game of Thrones" spin-off – focused on a conflict within House Targaryen taking place 300 years before the events of the original show – will likely not make it to HBO Max until 2022, according to HBO programming chief Casey Bloys.
FRIENDS REUNION: Though it's been rumored for a while, and HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly said there remains "interest all around," plans to bring back the entire cast of the classic sitcom have stalled for the time being. Executives blamed the complexity of aligning everyone's schedule.
DEMIMONDE: Now that "Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker" is in theaters, director J.J. Abrams is returning his attention to this "epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama" first announced in 2018. It will be the first series solely created by Abrams since "Alias" debuted in 2001. Abrams' company Bad Robot also produces "Westworld" for HBO.
RONAN FARROW DOC: The network inked a deal with Pulitzer Prize-winner Ronan Farrow to collaborate on a new documentary about the use of threats, intimidation, and violence to silence journalists.
HIGH MAINTENANCE: The upcoming fourth season of the comedy-drama series now has a trailer. Co-creator Ben Sinclair returns once more as The Guy, a weed deliveryman who drops in on the lives of a variety of eccentric New Yorkers. Season 4 hits HBO on February 7.
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE: A debut image shows Mark Ruffalo playing twins in this upcoming miniseries adaptation of Wally Lamb's best-selling novel from writer/director Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"). The six-episode series arrives on HBO in April.
GREEN LANTERN: Uber-producer Greg Berlanti, who supervises the CW's "Arrowverse," will bring DC Comics' Green Lantern Corps to HBO Max in a new series highlighting the origins of not one but TWO of Earth's protectors. The show will apparently also explore the villain Sinestro's background. Though AT&T will maintain the DC Universe standalone streaming service, "Green Lantern" will debut on HBO Max.
AQUAMAN: Big-screen "Aquaman" director James Wan will executive produce a three-part animated series based on the DC Comics character for HBO Max. "King of Atlantis" will look at Arthur Curry's early days as ruler of the undersea kingdom, as he faces a challenge to his rule from his brother and the looming threat of discovery by surface-dwellers.