Danny McBride returns to HBO with a straight-to-series order for the comedy The Righteous Gemstones, about a family of world famous televangelists. McBride previously worked with the cable network as co-creator and star of the comedies Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. McBride's frequent partners Jody Hill and David Gordon Green are also on-board for the new comedy project.
Of course, McBride and Green are currently headed to the big screen with a very different project, the horror movie reboot Halloween (2018). Green directed the new Halloween from a script he and McBride co-wrote, with Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode. Original Halloween creator John Carpenter gave the movie his official stamp of approval and even composed a new score.
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After bringing Michael Myers back to the big screen, McBride will shift gears back to comedy for The Righteous Gemstones, which has been ordered to series by HBO as reported by Deadline. The show follows a family of televangelists with "a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work." McBride co-stars with John Goodman, Edi Patterson (Black-ish), Adam Devine (Modern Family), Cassidy Freeman (Longmire), Tony Cavalero (School of Rock), Tim Baltz (Drunk History) and Greg Alan Williams (Greenleaf).
McBride heads up the cast as Jesse Gemstone, the heir to the family throne who walks in the shadow of his famous father Eli Gemstone (Goodman). Jesse has his own ideas about how to play the ministry game and wants to get the empire in touch with modern audiences. Goodman of course is currently working on ABC's Roseanne spinoff The Conners, which is about to kick off its first season (with Roseanne Conner likely to die of an opioid overdose, at least according to ousted star Roseanne Barr). The Righteous Gemstones, which once again sees Goodman heading up a highly unconventional and potentially controversial family, is expected to begin shooting after work on The Conners is completed.
If McBride and Jody Hill's history with HBO is any indication, The Righteous Gemstones should feature more than its share of madcap and sometimes even offensive comedy. Of course, the freedom afforded by working with HBO gives a show like this the leeway to tackle more controversial subject matter in a more blunt and potentially more hilarious way. Given the current political situation and the role Evangelicals have played recently, there's opportunity for McBride's new show to be topical and even ruffle some feathers.
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