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HBO Orders Comedy ‘The Righteous Gemstones’

Series Stars Danny McBride and John Goodman

HBO has given a series order to a comedy about a family of televangelists called “The Righteous Gemstones.” The series hails from Danny McBride and his frequent collaborators Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. McBride wrote the script and serves as executive producer, director and co-star with John Goodman (who, of course, is also headlining retooled “The Conners” on ABC). Hill and Green both executive produce and direct.

According to HBO, “The Righteous Gemstones” is described as revolving around a family “with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Goodman plays patriarch Eli Gemstone, a TV preacher known for his “aggressive salvation techniques.” McBride plays his eldest son, Jesse Gemstone, and heir to the throne. And the cast includes Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz and GregAlan Williams also star.

There is no confirmation on the number of episodes ordered or a target premiere date.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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