The Jakarta Post
Jimmi Simpson and Evan Rachel Wood in 'Westworld'. (HBO/File)
Three HBO original television shows, Westworld, Divorce and Insecure were all renewed for a second season, as announced Wednesday by HBO programming president Casey Bloys.
During similar periods in their first seasons, Westworld outshone Game of Thrones and True Detective with an average gross audience of 11.7 million viewers, while Divorce and Insecure respectively drew 4.4 million and 3.2 viewers, comparable to HBO’s shorter shows, Veep and Girls. In short, they are all good-quality shows and indeed have earned a second season.
For those who haven't watch them already, read on and discover why they have garnered so much attention from TV series fans.
Situated between the “near future and the reimagined past”, Westworld launched its ten-episode first season on Oct. 3, running hour-long episodes. The unchecked consequences of artificial consciousness are reimagined in the show, in which people can live out their fantasies in a robot-hosted amusement park, but are met with life-threatening mishaps.
Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the show adapted from Michael Crichton’s 1973 film Westworld has been praised by Vanity Fair as “a rare kind of truly transporting television”, while Time calls it “Fall’s most promising show.” The cast, which USA Today applauds for its “compelling stellar performances”, includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton as pivotal roles to the show.
As a result of reassessing her life and strained marriage, Sarah Jessica Parker who plays Frances decides to permanently take a clean break from her husband of 17 years, starred by Thomas Haden Church, yet she soon learns that starting fresh in your middle ages is far from easy.
Divorce kicked off its first season of ten episodes, running half-hour episodes, on Oct. 10 and has been remarked by Newsweek as “funny, heartening and chockful of strong performances,” whereas Washington Post acclaims Sarah Jessica Parker’s performance as “terrifically on point.”
The female experience as a contemporary, African-American is unraveled in a very quirky and honest way in Insecure, as two best friends, Rae and Yvonne Orji, attempt to disentangle their lives from the day-to-day flaws they own, where they endlessly stumble across awkward experiences.
Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the comedy show premiered its eight-episode first season of half-hour long episodes on Oct. 10. Insecure was acclaimed by USA Today as “bright, cutting, [and] funny,” while Entertainment Weekly praised it as “smart, funny and unfailingly real.” (mra/kes)
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