No matter how you feel about Game of Thrones, it certainly was a show that became a truly global pop culture phenomenon. But it ended around a year ago, so it’s time to forget about it and focus on other upcoming HBO series, some of which may even be better than the popular GoT.
HBO wants to compete more directly with the big streaming video services, particularly Netflix, and it has a wide range of series that will soon be available and may convince people to sign up for the company’s video service. You’ll find the eight most interesting ones below, along with approximate release dates.
Upcoming HBO series:
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list with more upcoming HBO series once they are announced.
1. Tokyo Vice — 2020
Directed by Michael Mann who is best known for its hit TV series Miami Vice, Tokyo Vice is an upcoming crime/drama show that will premier on HBO Max sometime this year. It’s based on the book written by Jake Adelstein and stars Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe who is known for roles in movies like Batman Begins. The show takes place in the late 90s and revolves around an American journalist who moves to Tokyo and takes on the city’s powerful crime bosses. If you’re into shows filled with crime and action, Tokyo Vice is for you.
2. Lovecraft Country — 2020
If horror is more up your alley, HBO also has an upcoming show that comes from one of the modern masters of terror — Jordon Peele. The creator of the hit movies Get Out and Us is an executive producer, along with J.J. Abrams, on this adaptation of the novel by Matt Ruff. Set in the 1950s, it centers on a black family that not only explores the real terrors of racial bigotry at that time but throws in some supernatural horrors as well. It’s due to be shown on HBO sometime in 2020.
3. The Third Day — Fall 2020
The Third Day is an upcoming HBO miniseries starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris. The series will apparently be divided into two parts called Summer and Winter. In Summer, a man (Jude Law) visits an island where he meets the locals who will do anything to preserve their home. Based on the trailer, he gets stranded on the island as the road disappears underwater.
In the second part of the show — Winter — a character played by Naomie Harris makes her way to the island with the goal of finding answers but instead causes a battle to decide its fate. The show will premier this fall.
4. The Undoing — Fall 2020
The Undoing is an upcoming star-studded thriller that will make its debut this fall. The six-episode miniseries revolves around Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant), a Manhattan power couple whose lives turn upside down after a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. The short trailer doesn’t give up too much information, but it sure gives off the vibe that this will be a great series. In addition to the two well-known actors mentioned, Donald Sutherland also stars in this upcoming HBO show that’s based on the novel You Should Have Known written by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
5. The Nevers — sometime next year
Josh Whedon, the man who arguably created three of the best TV genre shows of all time (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly), as well as the man who wrote and directed the first two Avengers movies for Marvel, is coming back to TV with his upcoming HBO series The Nevers. It’s supposed to be an epic sci-fi series about a group of Victorian women who have to fight off evil opponents with their own special powers. Does it sound like a mashup of historical, superhero, and sci-fi genres? Yes. However, Whedon may be the only person who could pull this off and turn it into an entertaining TV show.
6. We Are Who We Are — 2020
This upcoming eight-part HBO miniseries is mainly focused on two 14-year-old Americans who live on an American military base in Italy with their parents. The story is full of teenage drama that involves love, friendship, as well as confusion. You’ll see a few newcomers in this series along with a couple of familiar faces including musician/actor Kid Cudi, who appeared in HBO’s popular show Westworld, among others. We expect this miniseries to become available sometime this year, although an exact date has not been announced yet.
7. Perry Mason — June 21
Remember Perry Mason? Yes, that courtroom drama about a defense lawyer who almost always wins his cases was a staple of early black-and-white TV. This year, it will be brought back to TV in the form of an upcoming HBO series. It stars The American’s Matthew Rhys as Mason, and the setting will be set back to 1932 Los Angeles, which is close to the time period of the original Perry Mason novels from author Erle Stanley Gardner. The series will also have John Lithgow as Mason’s private investigator, along with Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany as a powerful evangelical figure in LA.
8. House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones spin-off) — likely in 2022
When HBO first announced plans in 2017 to do a spin-off of its most popular show, it seemed like a no brainer. HBO commissioned a pilot for one untitled spin-off, which was co-created by Game of Thrones’s ultimate master — George R.R. Martin. The other co-creator was Jane Goldman, who has written or co-written movies like Kick-Ass, The Woman In Black, and the two Kingsman spy films.
Not much was known about the pilot, except that it was to take place thousands of years before the events of the Game of Thrones show. Naomi Watts was cast as the lead character, who was described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” After filming the pilot in 2019, HBO decided to pass on the series.
However, HBO surprised many by announcing plans to go forward with another Game of Throne’s spinoff. This one will be called House of the Dragon. Unlike their first spinoff plans, this show will go straight to series. It was co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal and will take place 300 years before the main series. It will follow the rise and fall of House Targaryen. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed several episodes of the original series, will direct the pilot and additional episodes.
Admittedly, none of these shows can truly fill the void left behind by the absence of Game of Thrones, but at least it’s nice to know that there is still plenty to look to on HBO. Is it enough to keep a subscription? That’s up to you, but even if you leave, it’s easy enough to subscribe again later.