HBO has released a new trailer for The Righteous Gemstones. 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 about as darkly comic as McBride’s other HBO series Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, and I am very much here for it. I also think that this series could tap into the Zeitgeist a bit as Christian Evangelicals flock to support Donald Trump, a man whom by his own admission is greedy. Granted, I don’t think those Evangelicals will ever watch The Righteous Gemstones, but that’s okay. The rest of us can enjoy it.
Check out The Righteous Gemstones trailer below. The series premieres on August 18th 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.