HBO’s new “Gossip Girl” series is the latest addition to the growing YA content slate for HBO Max. The service was announced earlier this year, and the platform hopes to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. HBO Max can offer content from Warner Bros. Pictures and Television, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, HBO, TNT, TBS, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, and both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The company is starting things off with a wide array of new original programming, offering new thrillers, dramas, and romantic comedies starring Ansel Elgort, Kaley Cuoco, and Anna Kendrick.
The new “Gossip Girl” series introduces a new generation of New York private school teens to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. While HBO Max confirmed the reboot, the company has not confirmed the cast or premiere date at this time. The original series debuted in 2007, helping to launch the careers of Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. The show ran for six seasons on the CW, and the reboot will help fill out the YA space on HBO Max.
The new “Gossip Girl” reboot joins “The Flight Attendant,” a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian. That series stars Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti. HBO is also launching “Love Life,” a half-hour rom-com anthology series starring Anna Kendrick, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Paul Feig. The duo worked together on the movie “A Simple Favor” with Blake Lively. There’s also “Station Eleven,” a post-apocalyptic limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s international bestseller. Patrick Somerville adapted the series for the screen and Hiro Murai is directing. The series “Made for Love” is a half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nuttin, which is also from Somerville, and directed by S.J. Clarkson.
The YA drama joins the sci-fi series “Dune: The Sisterhood,” an adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s Dune novel. “Tokyo Vice” is based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat and the show stars Ansel Elgort.
As we reported earlier, “Gremlins” is a new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment, and the show is based on the original movie of the same name.
These series join the exclusive movies on the schedule, created through partnerships with Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon. Berlanti will produce an initial four movies focused in the YA space, while Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will produce at least two films for the platform.
Outside of the original content slate, HBO Max is the exclusive home for Warner Bros.’ produced dramas for The CW beginning with the fall 2019 season. These shows include “Batwoman,” and Lucy Hale’s “Katy Keene,” which is a spinoff of “Riverdale.” HBO Max is also the exclusive home to all 236 episodes of “Friends,” and all of the episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Pretty Little Liars.”
The current reigning king of YA content is Freeform, which helped launch “Pretty Little Liars,” and currently has “The Bold Type,” “Good Trouble,” “grown-ish,” “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” and “Siren” on the charts. The network is also set to premiere “Motherland: Fort Salem,” the “Party of Five” reboot, and the show “Unrelated.” Freeform features one of the best social media teams in the business, and the shows are already available to stream through the Freeform app and through Hulu. It will be interesting to see if the launch of HBO Max makes an impact on Freeform’s 2021 schedule, but right now it’s the network to beat in the younger demo.
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