HBO orders Danny McBride’s The Righteous Gemstones to series
Following a pilot order back in June, Danny McBride and HBO will be teaming up again for comedy series The Righteous Gemstones, which has just been given a full series order from the premium cable network, according to The Wrap. No episode count has been announced yet, but this would mark the second collaboration between McBride and HBO in the past two years.
The Righteous Gemstones will also star John Goodman, who will play Eli Gemstone, a stern, world-famous televangelist known for his weekly television show, global ministries and aggressive salvation techniques. McBride will play his eldest son Jesse, a man looking to branch out on his own by adapting his father’s famous teachings for a modern audience.
The project will reunite McBride with his Rough House Pictures partners Jody Hill and Gordon Green, the same trio responsible for Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down. Most recently, they worked on the Netflix film, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, which premieres July 6th.
Deadline reports that should HBO pick up the series after the pilot is filmed, Goodman will wait until production is finished on The Connors, the Roseanne Barr-less spinoff series, before continuing filming The Righteous Gemstones with McBride.