WarnerMedia faced some skepticism due to the price of its streaming service, HBO Max. Starting at an ad-free $14.99, the service hadn’t announced enough original content that justified such a price, some believed.
But yesterday, HBO Max made a series of announcements that confirmed some of the content that’s in the works, the shows they’ve acquired for their library, and new shows, movies, and documentaries that will start launching from May, when the streaming service is made available.
First of all, all of HBO’s classic shows like ‘The Sopranos’, ‘The Wire,’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ will be available on HBO Max. The service also acquired some binge-worthy classics such as ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Friends,’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Similarly, some original shows had been announced. A ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot is in the making, and a thriller called ‘The Flight Attendant’ led by Kaley Cuoco was also announced. Cartoon reboots such as ‘The Boondocks’ and ‘Adventure Times’ were also in the making.
But now HBO Max took a step further.
- Rick and Morty will be available on HBO Max. If you’re a Hulu subscriber, don’t worry, the show won’t leave Hulu. All 101 episodes of Rick and Morty will be available on both streamers.
- HBO Max acquired the rights of ‘South Park.’ Unfortunately, this show will leave Hulu. All 23 seasons of ‘South Park’ will be available on HBO Max.
- Greg Berlanti, the mind behind ‘Arrow,’ and ‘The Flash,’ will produce two new DC shows fo HBO Max: a Green Lantern series, and ‘Strange Adventures,’ an anthology show that will feature a wide array of DC characters. Elizabeth Banks will produce ‘DC Super Hero High,’ a half-hour comedy following a group of students at a boarding school for superheroes that don’t know they have superpowers. ‘Doom Patrol,’ will get a Season 2, to launch exclusively on HBO Max.
- A collection of Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, and Hannah Barera will be available on HBO Max; the streamer confirmed a new collection of them, a Jellystone new show, and ‘Tooned Out,’ with Robert Zemeckis as showrunner and will be a hybrid cartoon and live-action comedy.
- Ridley Scott will be behind a new sci-fi show at HBO Max, ‘Raised by Wolves,’ which follows two androids raising human children on an alien planet, “As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task,” a press release says.
- Issa Rae will produce ‘Rap Sh*t,’ a comedy that follows an all-women rap group; and Mindy Kaling will produce ‘College Girls,’ a single-camera comedy that tells the story of three freshmen roommates studying in Vermont.
- Conan O’Brien will bring five stand-up specials to HBO Max. He won’t star in all of them, but they’ll feature hand-picked talent.
- The streamer announced they will have classic movies on their library, including ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Citizen Kane,’ and ‘It’s a Beautiful Life.’
- ‘Bobbie Sue,’ the latest movie starred by Gina Rodriguez, who plays a lawyer who receives a career-changing case, and realizes she got hired to make the law firm look good.
With this new slate of announcements, it seems that HBO Max is worth every penny of its cost.