HBO has renewed freshman series “Insecure,” “Westworld” and “Divorce” for second seasons, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming.
“I am thrilled to announce the pickup of our three fall series, all of which have distinctive, original voices,” said Bloys. “Critics and viewers alike have welcomed [them] to the network.”
Season-to-date, “Westworld” is averaging a gross audience of 11.7 million viewers, outperforming “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective” during similar times in their first seasons. “Insecure” and “Divorce” are averaging 3.2 million and 4.4 million viewers, respectively, on par with other HBO half-hours like “VEEP” and “Girls.”
Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, the drama series “Westworld” is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
“Westworld” kicked off its ten-episode first season Oct. 2 on HBO, debuting hour-long episodes Sundays at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, both of whom executive produce and write, with Nolan directing, the series is based on the 1973 film “Westworld,” written by Michael Crichton.
The cast for the first season of “Westworld” includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.
Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the comedy series “Insecure” explores a contemporary black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way. Rae and Yvonne Orji star as best friends who must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds, and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.
“Insecure” launched its eight-episode first season on Oct. 9 on HBO, debuting half-hour episodes Sundays at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
The series is executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry.
Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.