Danny McBride is returning to HBO with The Righteous Gemstones, and the first teaser trailer looks like it may be a winner. McBride has a long history with the premium cabler, as he’s delivered a pair of memorable comedies with Eastbound and Down and two seasons of Vice Principals, alongside Walton Goggins. Now, McBride is teaming up with John Goodman and Adam DeVine to tell the story of a family of devious televangelists and the religious empire they oversee.
The series was first announced in June of 2018, along with the casting of Goodman and DeVine. It wasn’t too long thereafter that HBO made the order for a full season official, with the series presumed to premiere sometime in 2019. As it turns out, the comedy will be part of HBO’s late-summer lineup, joining the anticipated second season of Succession, which is set to air in August. From the looks of it, the cabler will have a opportunity to market both series on the basis of how much fun it is to watch dysfunctional families tear themselves apart.
HBO has teased the series in its various sizzle reels that’ve been popping up every so often this year, typically touting the final season of Game of Thrones, as well as upcoming new dramas like Euphoria, Mrs. Fletcher, and Damon Lindelof’s enigmatic Watchmen. This is the first time anyone’s gotten an idea of the sort of comedy McBride and co. have planned, and for anyone who’s enjoyed his previous series, The Righteous Gemstones will be a welcome return to form. Check out the first teaser trailer below:
As the teaser make clear very early on, McBride, Goodman, and DeVine have the required chemistry to make this a worthwhile endeavor. The feigned humility and moral conviction of the trio is underlined when Jesse Gemstone’s (McBride) phone goes off while they’re taping what looks to be a promotional video for their mega ministry, prompting Eli (Goodman) to express his displeasure. The rest of the teaser offers up a glimpse of the family’s lavish lifestyle and its more “regressive” tendencies.
The Righteous Gemstones certainly appears to have much of the same DNA as McBride’s previous efforts, walking a fine line between being outright hilarious and inducing a full-body cringe. That formula seems to have worked so far, so it will be interesting to see how well this new series does and if it earns as devoted a fan base as Eastbound and Vice Principals.
The Righteous Gemstones premieres this August on HBO.