HBO Max Orders Conan O’Brien Comedy & New Coming-of-Age High School Drama

HBO Max Orders Conan O’Brien Comedy & New Coming-of-Age High School Drama
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Conan O’Brien is lending his creative clout to HBO Max. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner


HBO Max has doled out a pilot order for a new single camera detective comedy, Gumshoe, from Santa Clarita Diet writers Aaron Brownstein and Simon Ganz. The series follows an optimistic, but somewhat naive young cop who wants to be a detective. In an effort to prove her doubters wrong, she teams up with a creepy, crime-obsessed teenager to solve a murder.

In addition to the well-liked Netflix zombie dramedy Santa Clarita Diet, Brownstein and Ganz have also written for the NBC sitcom About a Boy and the digital sci-fi comedy Miss 2059. They’re repped by Anonymous Content, Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman. O’Brien will executive produce alongside David Kissinger, Larry Sullivan, Jeff Ross for Conaco as well as Randall Einhorn (The Kids Are Alright), who will also direct. Gumshoe is targeting an early December start date for production.

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The forthcoming streaming service also ordered a pilot for Vegas High. Inspired by writer and executive producer Sarah-Raquel Jimenez’s own experience, Vegas High is a ’90s-set coming-of-age story about a girl caught between two worlds—the fast paced lifestyle of Las Vegas and her strong Mormon faith and community. Executive producers include Michael Showalter (The Big Sick)and Jordana Mollick (The Love Birds) for Semi-Formal Productions and Michael Lewen. Gillian Robespierre (Mrs. Fletcher) will direct. Jimenez is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.

HBO Max is reportedly considering reboots of some of WarnerMedia’s classic sitcoms such as Step by Step, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper to fill out its programming roster. The streaming service, launching in May 2020, has also lined up an intriguing slate of originals headlined by Station Eleven, based on Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 dystopian novel of the same name, and Dune: The Sisterhood, a spinoff of director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Dune blockbuster adaptation set in the Dune universe created by author Frank Herbert. HBO Max will cost $14.99 per month at launch.

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