As long as it has Game of Thrones, HBO will be fine. Thing is, the biggest show on TV not named The Walking Dead won’t be around for much longer. And once you look beyond Thrones, the network’s cupboard looks a little bare: Vinyl is a bust; The Leftovers is a critical hit only; True Detective‘s probably finished; and Veep and Silicon Valley are solid performers, but a lot of that has to do with having Thrones as a lead-in. So, what’s new president of programming Casey Bloys going to do? Hope Westworld is a huge hit.
After a seemingly endless string of delays, including production shutting down, the “extremely complicated” series about a futuristic Western-themed amusement park finally has a premiere… season. Not a date, but a season. HBO announced today that Westworld — starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, and Evan Rachel Wood — will debut in the fall, and run for 10 episodes.
Here’s the official synopsis.
The one-hour drama series Westworld (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
Also premiering in the fall: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce, about a “woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought,” as well as Insecure (a look “at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations”) and High Maintenance, based on the weed-heavy web series of the same name.
Sexy androids, SJP’s follow-up to Sex and the City, “racy tribulations,” and weed? One of these has to be a hit. Or so HBO hopes.