In January, HBO answered its biggest question mark of the year with the return of a series in need of a rebound. Thankfully, the new True Detective is good again. Led by Mahershala Ali, the show is recapturing its magic with a similar story arc that made season one successful. True Detective is not the only show in the premium channel’s powerhouse year. HBO’s 2019 lineup will offer an incredible list of must-see TV.
Returning HBO Shows In 2019
Game of Thrones – Audiences have spent eight years going through frozen hell with the Starks, Targaryens, and Lannisters. The last season will be rife with spoiler alerts, CGI dragons, and beloved characters meeting their end. Finally, The Song of Ice and Fire will have an ending 23 years after the first novel was published.
George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga will resume airing in April. Season Eight will consist of six extended episodes and wraps on May 19. Queue the Emmy nominations. The season finale of Game of Thrones will be the crowning television event of the decade.
VEEP – The wicked smart political comedy is returning after a one-year hiatus. Like Game of Thrones, VEEP is going to be in its final season.
The wicked smart satire is headlined by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss as Vice President/President/former President Selina Meyer. Supported by the best ensemble cast on television, Louis-Dreyfuss and Co. have received 17 Emmy Awards. There is no reason to think that VEEP won’t receive a few more in its last run.
Big Little Lies – The female-dominated drama returns to HBO’s lineup in 2019 with some extra star power. Meryl Streep will be added to the returning cast of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz.
The second year of the Monterey, California drama will focus on the fallout from the first season’s explosive finale. Crumbling marriages have been teased as a story, potentially making Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline Mackenzie a more central figure in season two.
Deadwood – HBO’s profane and bloody Western is returning in the form of a two-hour movie. The film will take place in 1889 as the town transitions into statehood.
Almost all of the initial cast will return for the movie. Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Anna Gunn, Molly Parker, and William Sanderson are set to reprise their roles. True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto also contributed to the Deadwood script.
New HBO Shows In 2019
Based on the Matt Ruff novel, Lovecraft Country will follow two African-Americans in the 1950s who are searching for a family member. Michael Kenneth Williams and Courtney B. Vance are among the show’s early casting announcements.
Watchmen – HBO’s rare foray into the world of superheroes debuts this year. Regina King, Jeremy Irons, and Don Johnson are among those who are set to star in a series based on graphic novels by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
The Incredibles-like premise of the series is that superheroes have become outlaws. One main difference: Watchmen uses alternative Cold War history that extends the Nixon presidency into the Eighties.
His Dark Materials – Watchmen will not be HBO’s only fantasy series in 2019. Based on the trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials follows two children as they navigate parallel universes. The series was previously adapted to film in 2007’s Golden Compass.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, and HBO vet Clarke Peters are set to star in the series.