HBO has released the first The Righteous Gemstones trailer. The upcoming comedy focuses on three generations of televangelists played by Danny McBride (who also writes, directs, and executive produces the series), John Goodman, and Adam Devine.
This looks hilarious and as a big fan of Eastbound and Down, The Righteous Gemstones is a must-see (I’m still ashamed of not having gotten around to Vice Principals). I also think that the world of televangelists is ripe for satire, and I’m eager to see what McBride has put together here. McBride’s HBO shows are known for their bite and weirdness, and that looks to be in plentful supply with The Righteous Gemstones.
Check out The Righteous Gemstones trailer below. The series premieres in August and also stars Edi Patterson, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz, and Greg Alan Williams.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Righteous Gemstones:
Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals) is returning to HBO with his latest project, The Righteous Gemstones. The new comedy centers around a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work — all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. McBride will star as main character Jesse Gemstone, who sees himself as a maverick in the ministry game, taking what his father, Eli Gemstone, has built and expanded it for a more modern audience. In addition to playing Jesse, McBride will also serve as a writer, director and executive producer on the series.
Joining McBride in the cast is John Goodman (also seen on HBO in David Simon’s Treme) as Gemstone’s father Eli; Vice Principals’ alum Edi Patterson as Jesse’s sister Judy; Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) as Jesse’s wife Amber, a former journalist now devoted to the church; Tony Cavalero (School of Rock) as ex-Satanist Keefe Chambers, saved by Jesse’s younger brother Kelvin (Adam Devine from Pitch Perfect); Tim Baltz (Drunk History) as Judy’s fiance, BJ; and Greg Alan Williams as Martin Imari, a conservative Kenyan, and Eli’s right-hand man.