HBO, which has been in a state of flux since April’s high-profile merger between HBO Max and Discovery+, seems poised for a mammoth 2024 and beyond with the return of many of its biggest programs. Bloys provided more clarity on the timeline for some of HBO’s biggest name-brand shows, including the latest iteration of True Detective, the Alaska-set Night Country starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis, beginning in January. Network mainstay Curb Your Enthusiasm returns in February for a 12th and possibly final season, although longtime executive producer Jeff Schaffer denied those rumors in an April interview with Deadline.
Other notable returners include House of the Dragon, which shot through the Hollywood strikes because writing had already been finished, according to George R.R. Martin. Unlike the debut season, HOTD’s second installment, which airs this summer, will be just eight episodes, with director Clare Kilner telling The Hollywood Reporter that they had difficulty trimming them down to an hour because each episode is “jam-packed with emotional and visually exciting events.” New seasons of Industry and Tokyo Vice are also slated for spring release.
We’ll have to wait until 2025 for the next installment of The White Lotus, which will be set in Thailand, a second season of The Last of Us, and a third season of Euphoria, which will move forward without fan favorite Angus Cloud, who passed tragically this summer. There’s been little concrete information released about how the third season will look, although creator Sam Levinson has said it will lean into “film noir” and continue to center Zendaya’s character Rue as the frame for the series.
On the nonfiction front, a second season of The Jinx, the true crime phenomenon focused on Robert Durst, will be released in 2024. The show debuted in 2015 and remains one of the most acclaimed and widely watched programs in its genre, with the next batch of episodes covering the ensuing eight years of investigation into Durst’s crimes (spoiler alert: he was sentenced to life in prison in 2021, but died in 2022). HBO will also release a docuseries in the spring about comedian Jerrod Carmichael, whose special Rothaniel earned an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.
New series premiering in 2024 include The Sympathizer, Park Chan-wook’s adaptation of the acclaimed Viet Thanh Nguyen novel about a spy embedded in an American South Vietnamese community. The series stars Hoa Xuande, Sandra Oh, and Robert Downey, Jr. The highly anticipated Penguin spinoff from Matt Reeves’ new Batman universe is due out in the summer or fall, with Colin Farrell reprising his role from the 2022 film, and Cristin Milioti starring as his daughter. Welcome to Derry, an expansion of the world Stephen King created in It, will begin airing in 2025, starring Madeleine Stowe and Taylour Paige. No date has been announced for the Dune prequel series, but it boasts a stellar cast, including Emily Watson, Shirley Henderson, and Mark Strong.