”Love Life,’ starring Anna Kendrick, is among service’s first new programs
You’ve got to have friends … and as it makes its debut, HBO Max does.
More precisely, WarnerMedia’s streaming service will have “Friends” — along with much of the company’s other intellectual property, including titles brought over from the existing HBO and Cinemax channels, plus much new material — as it launches Wednesday, May 27. The ever-popular misadventures of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey and company didn’t come cheaply, since prying “Friends” away from Netflix reportedly cost $425 million for a five-year deal.
Related to that is an upcoming HBO Max interview special that will reunite Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer for the first time since the series they shared ended its NBC run in 2004. “‘Friends’ is going to be the show that defines all six of us,” LeBlanc says for this article. “There were reports that when it ended, I was upset and wanted to distance myself from it … but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m very proud of what we did on that show, and if you’re going to be defined by a character, Joey Tribbiani is a pretty good one.”
Along with “Friends,” other Warner Bros. Television-produced series such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “The West Wing” and “The O.C.” will be available in full to HBO Max subscribers. So will an array of movies on the order of “Casablanca” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” While those are familiar, many new offerings also will be on the HBO Max menu. Details on several of them follow.
“DC Super Hero High”: Elizabeth Banks is an executive producer of this comedy following superheroes-to-be through their earlier days.
“The Flight Attendant”: “The Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco plays the title stewardess, and possible killer, in this drama series based on Chris Bohjalian’s novel.
“Gossip Girl”: The former CW series gets what’s termed a “more adult” reboot, with new young characters observed by the unseen Gossip Girl (who still has the voice of the original version’s Kristen Bell).
“Love Life”: Also an executive producer of this anthology, Anna Kendrick stars in its first season (with the first three episodes available upon HBO Max’s premiere) as a woman who has a variety of relationships on her path to true romance.
“The Not Too Late Show With Elmo”: Also available when HBO Max starts, this family-oriented talk show gives the iconic “Sesame Street” character his turn behind the desk. Such pals as Cookie Monster will stop by, along with other guests including Jimmy Fallon, Blake Lively and Jonas Brothers.
“Superintelligence”: In a movie directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy stars as a woman whose life is overtaken by technology.