Halloween is still a couple of months away, but the week of Aug. 12 brings a couple of very creepy series — one on cable and one on streaming — back to viewers. Also on tap are the latest HBO series from Danny McBride, a couple of stand-up specials and a cult favorite on cable.
Here is The Hollywood Reporter's rundown of some of the coming week's highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options each week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
The new season also features more conversations with Edmund Kemper Cameron Britton and the team interviewing a host of other killers, including Charles Manson Damon Herriman, who also played Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz — all while the BTK killer the ADT technician seen in several vignettes in season one continues killing people in Kansas. The new season will also further explore the emotional toll profiling murderers takes on the lead characters spoiler: It's heavy.
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Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Tuesday, Netflix is a series of six half-hour comedy sets from comics Haddish wants to bring to a wider audience. Marc Cherry's darkly humorous Why Women Kill Thursday, CBS All Access follows three women Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste in different time periods who are dealing with cheating spouses. Amazon presents its first stand-up special, Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time Friday. Docuseries Diagnosis Friday, Netflix, based on the New York Times Magazine feature, aims to help people solve medical mysteries.
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Returning: The second season of AMC's horror anthology The Terror is subtitled Infamy and is set in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Like the first season, the show will mix real-life horrors with supernatural elements; Infamy also features a cast entirely of Japanese-American and Japanese-Canadian actors, including George Takei, who was sent to an internment camp as a boy. It premieres at 9 p.m. Monday.
Also new: Intense Israeli drama Our Boys 9 p.m. Monday, HBO takes a detailed look at all sides of a revenge murder that led to the 2014 Israel-Gaza war. The Hebrew and Arabic language miniseries is "grim," per THR's review, but also features "superb performances."
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New: The CW gets into the docuseries game with Mysteries Decoded 9 p.m. Tuesday, in which host Jennifer Marshall and a team of investigators use newly discovered evidence and advanced tech to re-examine famous historical mysteries.
Also: After a five-week hiatus, NBC's Songland returns at 9 p.m. Wednesday; ABC's Card Sharks 9 p.m. Wednesday and Family Food Fight 9 p.m. Thursday and CBS' Elementary 10 p.m. Thursday air their finales, the latter closing out its series run after seven seasons.
HBO kicks off the month of August with the return of a sleeper hit, a new comedy, and a couple of blockbuster favorites. Succession returns to give fans more Roy family drama before Danny McBride's dark comedy about a televangelist empire makes waves. In addition, Aquaman lands on the streaming platform this month in case superhero fatigue just hasn't hit you yet. Here's everything coming to and leaving HBO this August.
Succession season 2 premiere
Succession was a surprise hit for HBO when it debuted last summer. Apparently, we all love watching the drama of a media mogul trying to secure his legacy while managing his truly terrible offspring. Season two picks up where we left off, with the family trying to cover up a murder, fend off a takeover, and buy out a rival conglomerate. Logan's still battling health issues, Kendall's still reeling from accidentally killing someone, Roman's throwing out snarky comments at every turn, and Holly Hunter arrives to cause even more chaos.
The Righteous Gemstones season premiere
Danny McBride, John Goodman, and Adam Devine team up to bring us a new dark comedy about another dysfunctional family. This time it's the Gemstones, a wealthy brood of Jesus freaks who mask their greed and illegal activity with a bunch of “Amens” and tax writeoffs. McBride plays the heir apparent to this televangelist empire with Goodman playing his aging father and Devine rounding out things as the “edgy” one of the family as all three try to get rich and perform mass baptismals.
Jason Momoa returns as the sea-dwelling superhero in this kind-of origin flick that explores Aquaman's beginnings as a child torn between two worlds, and his eventual ascension to king of the underwater world. Amber Heard joins him as Meera, a woman trying to prevent her people from destroying humanity, but Momoa's cocky, fun-loving hero is the star here as he fumbles his way through saving Earth and reuniting with his family.
Here are all the titles coming and going on HBO NOW in August:
Theatrical Premieres: A Lego Brickumentary, 2014 8/1 Boy Erased, 2018 8/2 The Favourite, 2018 8/3 Aquaman, 2018 8/10 The Mule, 2018 8/27 Mortal Engines, 2018 8/24 Can You Ever Forgive Me?, 2018 8/31
Series Premieres: A Black Lady Sketch Show, 8/2 Pico De Neblina, 8/9 Hard Knocks: Training Camps with the Oakland Raiders, 8/6 Succession, Season 2 8/11 Our Boys, 8/12 The Righteous Gemstones, 8/18
Series Finales: Euphoria, Season 1 8/4 Divorce, Season 3 8/5
Original Programming: My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres 8/10 Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America 8/14 Entre Nos: Gina Brillion 8/16 Farruko: En Letra de Otro 8/23
Estrenos: Marisol, 2019 8/1 Me 3.769, 2019 8/1 El Angel AKA The Angel, 2019 8/2 Miss Bala, 2019 8/2 No me digas solterona AKA Don't Tell Me Spinster, 2019 8/9 Que Te Juegas AKA Get Her... If You Can, 2019 8/16
Starting August 1: Arizona, 2018 Body Heat, 1981 Brothers, 2009 Chariots of Fire, 1981 Conviction, 2010 Dangerous Liaisons, 1988 Deliver Us From Eva, 2003 The Dilemma, 2011 Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, 2005 Fly Me to the Moon, 2008 Getaway, 2013 Going the Distance, 2010 The Lost Boys, 1987 Just Like Heaven, 2005 Out of Africa, 1985 Rio, 2011 Search Party, 2016 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 2004
Ending August 31: 50 First Dates, 2004 Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, 2014 Alpha and Omega 4: The Legend of the Sawtoothed Cave, 2015 Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation, 2015 Date Night Extended Version, 2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 2010 Down a Dark Hall, 2018 Geostorm, 2017 Green Zone, 2010 Ocean's 8, 2018 Shrek 2, 2004 Sinister 2, 2015 Super Troopers 2, 2018 Tag, 2018 The Best Man, 1999 The Bourne Identity, 2002 The Bourne Supremacy, 2004 The Grudge Extended Version, 2004 The Lego Ninjago Movie, 2017 The Mask, 1994 The Pelican Brief, 1993 The Prestige, 2006 The Wolfman, 2010 Tully, 2018
The cast and creatives of AMC’s The Terror: Infamy took the stage at TCA to talk about the anthology series which combines the events of Japanese internment camps in World War II with Japanese horror stories also known as kaidan. Showrunner Alexander Woo was joined by stars Derek Mio Chester Nakayama and George Takei Yamato-san as well as costume designer JR Hawbaker and cinematorgrapher John Conroy to talk about the upcoming season. More than that, they addressed the authenticity of the show and its relevance to immigration issues in the country.
The Terror: Infamy is set in WWII and centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man's journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible. Woo points out that the DNA of the show is that it is a historical story told with a genre vocabulary. “The human terror is as palpable as the supernatural terror,” he adds. “The strategy was to use the horror Japanese ghost stories as an analog for the historical experience.”
The show prioritizes authenticity starting with actors of Japanese descent in all Japanese roles. Hawbaker said that they use historical visuals in the series that are visceral to the era. She says that they had the blessing of the Japanese community with all of the visuals in the series and stressed that they want the community to be seen. “The story has not been told enough,” she added.
Takei, who is a consulting producer on the show, is also a survivor of a Japanese internment camp. He entered the camp at 5 years old and was 8 when he came out. “The thing that impressed me was the details,” said Takei of The Terror set. “When I saw the replica of the internment camp in Vancouver, I immediately recognized it. The extent of the details was really impressive.”
By combing horror and dark time in history The Terror brings attention to an era that is often overlooked. “I see this show and the depth of authenticity is intensified by the ghost tale,” said Takei. He adds that the shows the history of the “endless horror” being inflicted on marginalized communities. As Mio points out, the show speaks to the immigrant experience and makes it wildly relevant.
“We have reached a grotesque low,” said Takei of the current issues surrounding immigration in America. “Children are being torn away from their families at our southern border…this administration is so incompetent.” He hopes that The Terror shows that the issues and topics in the series are still existing today.
“Hopefully enough Americans will see this and try to keep this sort of thing from happening again,” said Takei.
The Terror: Infamy debuts on AMC August 12 at 9 pm.
Danny McBride previous co-created HBO series Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals focused on protagonists “who believed they were owed something in life,” said the comedy-meister, but his new show The Righteous Gemstones about an opulent megachurch family is about those “who get everything they want” and the damage that can be done.
“The goal isn’t to be takedown of anything,” said McBride at TCA today “when Hollywood takes on religion, they make the mistake of lampooning one beliefs.”
“For us, it’s about lampooning hypocrites, people who present themselves in one way, and act differently in another. I don’t think that’s something that’s relevant to the world of religion and televangelism, but the world we live in: People who present themselves one way on social media and present themselves in another way,” added McBride.
His hope is that Gemstones will go longer than Vice Principals’ two seasons and Eastbound & Down‘s four on HBO.
McBride said that the series isn’t based on one particular minister or televangelist dynasty, rather they’re “amalgamation” much like his character Kenny Powers was a composite of disgraced athletes and celebrities.
McBride said that in the first pass of the script, the series followed a minister who has an affair and is trying to salvage his ministry against the Gemstones who were going to be the bad guys. “Within three days of writing, it was the Gemstones who became more interesting,” said McBride who is not only the star Jesse Gemstone, but the series EP and director as well. He re-teams with his Foot Fist Way pal Jody Hill who is EP and director here and All the Real Girls directing bud David Gordon Green, both of whom worked on Vice Principals and Eastbound & Down.
Some of today’s panelists which included Hill, Green, McBride, John Goodman, Cassidy Freeman, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine were asked to comment about their religion. McBride told the TCA corps that he grew up in a Baptist household. His aunt is even a minister and he wanted to create a series that she’d find humor in as well. “Ultimately, it’s not about taking a swipe at her or what she believes in,” said McBride, “but a show about a successful family who lost their path along the way.”
Devine told the press he grew up Catholic, and while growing up, he was “jealous of my friends who went to mega-churches. They had rock climbing walls and got to play video games. All we had was a hard bench.”
“The Terror: Infamy,” Chester Nakayama Derek Mio has big dreams to become a photographer, but his latest pictures are looking kind of funny, as can be seen below. AMC released a brand-new trailer at Comic-Con on Friday that leans into the J-horror inherent in this season’s mystery.
In its first season, the anthology series investigated what happened to Captain Franklin’s famed lost expedition, in which all 129 men aboard two Royal Navy ships were lost after they became icebound seeking the Northwest Passage. This season takes place during World War II, specifically during the internment of Japanese-Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Chester Nakayama is living on Terminal Island when his life is turned upside-down by the government and by a mysterious presence that has been haunting the community. The trailer mentions terms such as “yurei” — figures from Japanese folklore that are similar to ghosts — and “bakemono,” loosely translated as a shapeshifter.
The series also stars Kiki Sukezane “Westworld,” “Heroes: Reborn”, Cristina Rodlo “Miss Bala”, Shingo Usami “Unbroken”, Naoko Mori “Everest”, and Miki Ishikawa “9-1-1”. Renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei “Star Trek” appears as an elder in the community called Yamamoto-San and also serves as a consultant on the series. As a young boy, Takei was forced into a concentration camp with his family.
It appears that the horrors that men do might be equal to the horrors from the supernatural world.
Take a look at the creepy new trailer for “The Terror: Infamy” below:
“The Terror: Infamy” premieres Monday, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Ever since HBO graced audiences with the first images of Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, and Adam DeVine in character as The Righteous Gemstones, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the satirical takedown of televangelism. News of McBride’s Vice Principals co-star Walton Goggins’ casting and a short teaser later, the first full trailer for the new comedy is finally here. And, among many, many wonderful things, it features Goggins smiling and dancing for the lord. We truly are blessed.
McBride’s character Jesse, the oldest Gemstone and the supposed “heir to the throne,” opens the trailer with a prayer of thankfulness. As the trailer continues, however, his prayers stray from joy and into much darker territories, like a request for patience that’s repeatedly tested by an unanswered doorbell. “F*cking A,” he mutters under his breath before shouting, “Somebody get the damn door!” Meanwhile, Goodman’s family patriarch, Eli, slaps around his youngest son Kelvin DeVine. Patterson, who plays the ignored daughter Judy, also begs her daddy for a slap.
So, yeah, The Righteous Gemstones looks weird and wonderful and silly. Also, here’s a GIF of Goggins dancing up a fire for the lord - a precious moment that arrives at the 1:04 mark in the trailer above.