Since 1996, HBO has been known for their premium TV shows and world-class dramas. Since the mid-90s, the cable network has consistently delivered some of the best stories and most loved characters. From The Sopranos to Euphoria, Westworld to Sex and The City.
In 2022, we were gasping at HBO shows, which included The White Lotus, crime drama The Staircase, the second season of The Flight Attendant and superhero show Peacemaker.
With new series on the horizon, there’s no shortage of exciting TV for audiences to look forward to. Whether you’re a fan of drama, comedy, or something a bit darker, HBO will have something for you.
Here are 8 of the most anticipated shows set to premiere or return in 2023.
8 True Detective: Night Country
The fourth series of True Detective sees Jodie Foster as a cop on a mission in the frozen wilds of Alaska. Very little is known asides from the trailer showing Foster’s character wading through crime scenes and the snow in the cold tundra of the US state.
According to an official synopsis, the fourth season of the crime drama will revolve around eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station disappearing without a trace. Liz Danvers (Foster) and her partner Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) “must confront their pasts and the dark truths lying underneath the Arctic ice”.
7 The Last Of Us Airs On HBO In January 2023
The popular videogame gets adapted for a much-anticipated small screen. The show tells the story of Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as the pair cross the post-apocalyptic US amidst the outbreak of a mutant fungus that turns humans into zombie-like beings.
It will feature Gabriel Luna as Joel’s younger brother, Merle Dandridge as resistance leader Marlene, and Anna Torv as Joel’s smuggler partner Tess.
Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann says HBO’s The Last of Us “will be the best, most authentic game adaptation”. Druckmann also said he hoped that the show will “put that video-game curse to bed,”
The Last Of Us will air on January 15th.
6 Succession Returns To HBO For Season 4 In 2023
The award-winning black comedy-drama will return in 2023 for its fourth season, likely around the March period.
The drama will take place following the sale of media giant Waystar Royco to tech mogul Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård). The show follows Logan Roy’s (Brian Cox) and the Roy children (Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Alan Ruck) battling out over their media legacy.
The trailer shows a disgruntled Logan calling his children out for being “pygmies.” Whilst the siblings are busy forming a rebel alliance against their father.
5 The White House Plumbers Joins HBO In 2023
White House Plumbers focuses on the real-life burglary of the Democratic National Committee HQ in the Watergate Hotel in 1972, which led to the downfall of President Nixon.
Justin Theroux will play G. Gordon Liddy, the attorney and former FBI agent who was assigned to the White House Special Investigations unit known as The White House Plumbers. Woody Harrelson will play the retired CIA officer E. Howard Hunt who helped co-organized the burglary. Lena Headey and Judy Greer will appear as their spouses.
“In most of the Watergate movies ever made, basically the burglary is the opening scene,” explains series director David Mandel. “You see flashes of the burglary, and then it’s people in the Oval Office, Nixon, and the reporters at The Washington Post. This is a limited series where it is 100 percent about the burglary. We’re going to meet these guys before the burglary, and we’re going to see the effects of the burglary on their lives. This is the story that none of these other stories bothered with, to some extent.”
4 The Idol Compared To HBO’s Euphoria
The Idol has been tipped to be the new Euphoria when it debuts on HBO in 2023.
Co-created by Euphoria’s Sam Levinson and The Weeknd, it will star the singer with Lily-Rose Depp as a cult leader and a pop star on the rise.
Depp has explained that she used Madonna, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey as reference points for her character.
She explained about Levinson’s inspiration for her role. “He draws from the person who’s right in front of him and what he already sees in you as a person, and he finds ways to weave that into your character.”
She also promises the show will be sexually charged “I’m not interested in making anything puritanical. I think this show is fearless, and that’s something that I’ve been really excited and proud to dive into.”
3 HBO’s Barry Returns For Season 4 In 2023
Barry has been a hit over its first three seasons, earning accolades and fans with ease. It stars the writer/director Bill Hader as Barry Berkman, a hitman looking to leave his past behind him after he joins an acting group in LA. Over three seasons we saw him try to balance life as an actor, romance and his violent past.
Season 3 ended with a SWAT unit pointing their weapons at Barry, his misdeeds finally catching up to him.
“I’ve always viewed this as one big ‘Vanity Fair‘ article,” Hader told The Hollywood Reporter. “I love true-crime stuff, so this is just the part where it’s like, ‘And then he got caught, and then this happened.’ And there’s so much more to it.”
So far, there isn’t an official release date announced for Barry Season 4, but Henry Winkler has already revealed the show is in production.
2 Curb Your Enthusiasm Returns To HBO With Season 12 In 2023
The 12th season of the popular comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm will be back in 2023. Curb Your Enthusiasm first aired on October 15, 2000, centred on semi-retired TV writer and actor Larry David who finds himself getting into a precarious situation. The grumpy old man keeps getting himself into situations with celebrities and friends, often due to saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
When asked about the upcoming season, HBO executive vice president Amy Gravitt said, “Larry outdoes himself season after season and always manages to come back when the audience needs him most.”
The show currently has no release date, but it is expected in 2023.
1 Elizabeth Olsen Stars In HBO’s Love And Death
Love and Death tells the story of how real-life axe murderer Candy Montgomery who killed schoolteacher Betty Gore on June 13, 1980. Elizabeth Olsen will star as Candy, who is having an affair with Betty’s (Lily Rabe) husband, Allan (played by Jesse Plemons).
Olsen described Love and Death as “a truly cinematic and expansive world” that made her “build [the kind of] character that I haven’t been able to play in a while, so that felt really satisfying.”
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