HBO says the Doctor is in this year. HBO Max secured the exclusive streaming rights to BBC’s longest-running global franchise, “Doctor Who,” offering all 11 seasons of the British sci-fi hit drama at launch. As part of the deal, HBO MAX is the exclusive SVOD home for future seasons after they air on BBC AMERICA. The deal includes Seasons 1-11. Chris Chibnall is the current showrunner and writer of the popular series.
In addition to “Doctor Who,” HBO Max has licensed 700 episodes of other iconic BBC series such as “The Office,” “Top Gear,” “Luther,” and “The Honorable Woman.” In addition, the deal also includes new titles “Pure,” “Trigonometry,” “Stath Lets Flats,” “Home,” and “Ghosts” which will all be available exclusively to HBO Max upon launch of the service. All of these shows join HBO Max’s library, which includes content from Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Hello Sunshine, Looney Tunes and more. The service includes episodes of “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Veep,” and “Game of Thrones,” as well as previously announced acquisitions “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and all 236 episodes of “Friends.”
HBO Max will also be the exclusive out-of-season streaming home to a string of new Warner Bros. produced dramas for The CW, including the new DC series “Batwoman” and “Katy Keene,” the spinoff of “Riverdale”. The streamer will also be home to the critically acclaimed DC series “Doom Patrol,” with the first-season available at launch and new episodes set to debut simultaneously on DC Universe and HBO Max.
“‘Doctor Who’ is one of television’s all-time, most beloved series, on both sides of the pond, and we are happy to be the exclusive streaming stewards for this BBC gem” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”
“As any ‘Doctor Who’ fan knows, the iconic TARDIS is ‘bigger on the inside’ – and it’s a good thing because the TARDIS is about to welcome a whole new slew of fans coming to the show through this deal with HBO Max,” said Nigel Gaines, Interim President, BBC Studios – Americas. “HBO Max’s ambitious content line-up is the perfect complement to the ‘Doctor Who’ global franchise, in addition to some of our most award-winning and game-changing UK dramas and comedies.”
“’Doctor Who’ is a program like no other – an incredibly rich world of stories, packed with adventure, regeneration, heart (two actually) and hope. Our audience is incredibly dedicated and engaged, and we can’t wait to work with HBO Max to tell our stories from across all of time and space,” said Sally de St Croix, Doctor Who Global Franchise Director.
That’s just the beginning, because HBO MAX has brand-new shows on the way as well. The reboot of “Gossip Girl” picks up eight years after the original website went dark, and a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. “Dune: The Sisterhood” is an adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s Dune. “Tokyo Vice” is based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, and stars Ansel Elgort, and “The Flight Attendant” is a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco. “Love Life” is a 10-episode half-hour rom-com anthology series starring Anna Kendrick, who will also executive produce alongside Paul Feig. “Station Eleven” is a post-apocalyptic limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s international bestseller, adapted by Patrick Somerville and directed by Hiro Murai. “Made for Love” is a 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, also from Somerville and directed by S.J. Clarkson. These shows join “Gremlins,” an animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment based on the original movie.
The service also includes Stephen King’s “The Outsider,” a dark mystery starring Ben Mendelsohn, produced and directed by Jason Bateman. “Lovecraft Country,” a unique horror series based on a novel by Matt Ruff, and “The Nevers,” which is Joss Whedon’s new science fiction series starring Laura Donnelly. HBO also confirmed “The Gilded Age,” which takes place in the opulent world of 1885 New York from “Downton Abbey’s” Julian Fellowes, and “Avenue 5,” a high satire aboard a space-bound cruise ship from Armando Iannucci (“Veep”), starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad. “The Undoing” is a psychological thriller from David E. Kelley, directed by Susanne Bier starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, and “The Plot Against America” is a reimagined history based on Phillip Roth’s novel written and executive produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, starring Winona Ryder and John Turturro. “Perry Mason” is a classic legal drama for a new generation, executive produced by Robert Downey, Jr. and Susan Downey, with Matthew Rhys in the title role. Finally, “I Know This Much Is True” is a complex family drama starring Mark Ruffalo playing twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia, based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance.
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