HBO has renewed three of the network’s freshman series, though you might have to wait up to a year to see more of your favorites. HBO confirmed today that it has renewed “Westworld,” “Divorce” and “Insecure” for second seasons, the announcement was made today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. While fans might be itching to uncover more of “Westworld,” production and writing delays could have the next season premiering in 2018.
“I am thrilled to announce the pickup of our three fall series, all of which have distinctive, original voices,” said Bloys. “Critics and viewers alike have welcomed WESTWORLD and INSECURE, as well as the return of Sarah Jessica Parker to the network after 12 years with DIVORCE.”
We will begin with on of the more popular renewals, HBO’s sci-fi western “Westworld”. According to HBO the show is averaging a gross audience of 11.7 million viewers, which is more than “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective” pulled-in during their first seasons. HBO stated that “Divorce” and “Insecure” are averaging 4.4 million and 3.2 million viewers, respectively, which is about the same as “VEEP” and “Girls” at this point.
HBO calls Westworld, “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.” The show has shocked fans with sudden twists and mature content over its first season, which began its ten-episode run back in October. The series was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, both of whom executive produce and write, with Nolan directing, the series is based on the 1973 film “Westworld,” written by Michael Crichton.
The cast for the first season of Westworld includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.
The show “Divorce” proves that the world wanted more lovelorn Sarah Jessica Parker. The show follows Frances, who HBO states, “has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband after more than a decade of marriage and two children.” The network continues, “she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.” Sarah Jessica Parker serves as an Executive Producer on the show, and stars as Frances in the series. “Divorce” was created by Sharon Horgan. Thomas Haden Church stars as Frances’ husband, who is struggling to cope with their marriage falling apart.
While “Westworld” and “Divorce” may be getting more attention, “Insecure” should be on everyone’s list of ‘must-watch’ TV. The series was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore and “explores the contemporary black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way,” according to the network. In the show Rae and Yvonne Orji star as best friends who must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.