Everything We Know About HBO Max Streaming Service

Upcoming streamer adds Doctor Who and 700 episodes of BBC Studios fare to launch plan. Gossip Girl is getting a reboot job on the service, which will be Friends’ exclusive home and offer originals, including a new "Dune" series, and the HBO library.

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When upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max launches in spring 2020, it will include all 11 seasons of the rebooted Doctor Who series, currently starring Jodie Whittaker as the time-traveling alien. Season 12 will be available to stream after airing on BBC America, as HBO Max becomes the streaming home of the series in the United States.

The streamer is also adding 700 episodes of iconic BBC series, including the original U.K. version of The Office, Luther starring Idris Elba, car series Top Gear, and more shows that will be available with the service’s spring launch.

HBO Max had in mid-July given a 10-episode order for a Gossip Girl sequel and WarnerMedia announced the key leadership team.

Here’s what we know so far:

Originals Line-up

Gossip Girl season 1 keyart (Warner Bros. Television)
(Photo by Warner Bros. Television)

The announced HBO Max originals:

  • Gossip Girl (a reboot of the title with new cast) – eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. No word yet on whether original cast members will appear.
  • Dune: The Sisterhood – an adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s book Dune, from director Denis Villeneuve
  • Tokyo Vice – based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat starring Ansel Elgort
  • The Flight Attendant – a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti
  • Love Life – a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series starring Anna Kendrick, who will also executive produce alongside Paul Feig
  • Station Eleven – a postapocalyptic limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s international bestseller, adapted by Patrick Somerville and directed by Hiro Murai
  • Made for Love – a 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, also from Somerville and directed by S.J. Clarkson
  • Gremlins – an animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment based on the original movie

Warner Bros. Television and Other Deals

FRIENDS, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, (Season 5), 1994-2004, © Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett Collection
(Photo by Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett Collection)

HBO Max will also include programming from Warner Bros. Television, responsible for many fan-favorite TV shows, including the CW superhero series (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Black Lightning), Riverdale, and more, as well as original movies:

  • The exclusive streaming rights at launch to all 236 episodes of Friends — one of the biggest hits on television and in streaming
  • The exclusive streaming rights at launch to all episodes of fan favorites The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Pretty Little Liars
  • The exclusive streaming home to a string of new Warner Bros.’ produced dramas for The CW beginning with the fall 2019 season, including the highly-anticipated new DC Entertainment series Batwoman, and Katy Keene (spin-off of Riverdale)
  • New exclusive movie production deals with Greg Berlanti, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful producers, and Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actress and producer; Berlanti will produce an initial four movies focused in the young adult space, while Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will produce at least two films

The HBO Library

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6, series finale "The Iron Throne" (HBO)
(Photo by HBO)

HBO Max will be the streaming home for HBO programming, including Game of Thrones and the network’s entire library of past, current, and upcoming series.

HBO Go (for subscribers to HBO on cable) and HBO Now (for non-cable subscribers) aren’t going anywhere, according to WarnerMedia. You can also get a digital subscription to HBO through Amazon, Hulu, DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue — but who knows what the future holds for all of those HBO-only options once HBO Max launches.

Just a reminder of some of the HBO original series in that library:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Westworld
  • Chernobyl
  • True Detective
  • True Blood
  • The Sopranos
  • Sex and the City
  • Six Feet Under
  • Entourage
  • Deadwood
  • The Wire

That’s Not All

WONDER WOMAN, US advance poster, Gal Gadot, 2017. © Warner Bros. Pictures
(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

HBO Max will offer 10,000 hours of curated premium content anticipated at launch, also including DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. Then there are the movies from Turner Classic Movies, Warner Bros., and New Line (Wonder Woman, Shazam, A Star Is Born, and Crazy Rich Asians, among others).

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who Series 11 Costume Reveal (BBC America)

On August 1, HBO Max announced a deal with BBC Studios that gives the streamer exclusive rights to the current Doctor Who series. All 11 seasons of the British sci-fi hit drama will be available on the WarnerMedia streaming service at launch and will mark the SVOD premiere of season 11. As part of the deal, HBO Max will also be the exclusive SVOD home for future seasons after they air on BBC America.

In addition to Doctor Who, HBO Max has licensed 700 episodes of iconic BBC series such as The Office, Top Gear, Luther, and The Honorable Woman.

The Executives

Sarah Aubrey, head of Original Content — who reports into Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer of HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV — was previously executive vice president of Original Programming for TNT, with its lineup of original dramas such as Patty Jenkins’ I Am the Night (starring Chris Pine), Claws, Animal Kingdom, and the award-winning The Alienist.

Aubrey’s new team includes Joey Chavez, EVP of Original Drama; Jessie Henderson, EVP of Original Feature Films; Jeniffer Kim, SVP of International Originals; Suzanna Makkos, EVP of Original Comedy and Animation; and Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of Original Non-Fiction and Kids.

The business operations and strategy group also reports into Reilly. It includes Eric Besner, SVP of Business Development and Strategy; Sandra Dewey, President of Business Operations and Production; Meredith Gertler, EVP of Program Strategy and Planning (who reports into Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming, with a dual function on HBO Max); and Michael Quigley, EVP of Content Acquisitions and Strategy. Patrick Kelly, EVP of Business Affairs, will report into Dewey.

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