Sci-fi Western Westworld, which had been slated for fall, will premiere on Sunday, October 2, HBO announced today at TCA. The following Sunday, October 9, it will be joined by new comedies Divorce and Insecure.
Created for television by Jonathan Nolan And Lisa Joy, Westworld, which is getting on the air after a production delay and is stirring a debate about its portrayal of AI and violence, stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright, among others, in a one-hour, ten-episode drama series described by HBO as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.”
Nolan (Interstellar) and Joy (Pushing Daisies) are exec producing and writing, with Nolan also directing. Other executive producers are J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.
Hopkins plays Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and founder of Westworld, “who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park.” Harris plays The Man in Black, a “distillation of pure villainy into one man,” says HBO, while Evan Rachel Wood is Dolores Abernathy, a provincial, beautiful and kind rancher’s daughter who discovers that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.
Marking Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to HBO, Divorce begins its ten-episode season Sunday, October 9 at 10 PM ET/PT. The half-hour comedy, with Parker as exec producer, stars the Sex and the City actress as Frances opposite Thomas Haden Church’s Robert. The two play a couple in a failing marriage and their “very, very long divorce.”
Set in New York’s Westchester County, Divorce was created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), with Paul Simms (Girls) serving as a showrunner on the series. Simms, Parker, Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan executive produce. The series also stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore.
Insecure, a comedy created and starring Issa Rae, debuts October 9 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. The eight-episode half-hour comedy stars Rae and Yvonne Orji, and, says HBO, “explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way.”
Rae’s boyfriend is played by Jay Ellis, with Lisa Joyce as Rae’s coworker. The series, shot in and around South Los Angeles, “incorporates the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.”
Rae wrote the 2015 New York Times bestseller The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Insecure was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.