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.