The tangled web that is streaming services and the content that they show just got a little more twisted. WarnerMedia — the entertainment arm of the little company known as AT&T — has acquired exclusive rights to a slew of BBC shows and will limit their streaming to the upcoming HBO Max service, according to a press release from WarnerMedia.
(As we've previously discussed, HBO Max is different than AT&T TV Now, which is what DirecTV Now is now called and is also owned by AT&T. Confused? Annoyed? Us, too.)
That includes reruns of Doctor Who, which returns with Jodie Whitaker in 2020. New episodes will still air on BBC America. But after that, it'll be on HBO Max. Same goes for the UK version of The Office, Top Gear, Luther and more.
From the presser:
"'Doctor Who' is one of television's all-time, most beloved series, on both sides of the pond, and we are happy to be the exclusive streaming stewards for this BBC gem" said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. "Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max."
And it's not just imports that WarnerMedia has scooped up. It's got all 236 episodes of Friends on the way. Plus HBO favorites The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Veep, and Game of Thrones. Plus you'll be able to find The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars there.
And as a reminder, here's what's coming in the way of original content:
- Gossip Girl: Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.
- Dune: The Sisterhood: An adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's book based in the world created by Frank Herbert's Dune, from director Denis Villeneuve
- Tokyo Vice: Based on Jake Adelstein's non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat starring Ansel Elgort
- The Flight Attendant: A one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongsideGreg Berlanti
- Love Life: A 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series starring Anna Kendrick, who will also executive produce alongside Paul Feig
- Station Eleven: A post-apocalyptic limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel's international bestseller, adapted by Patrick Somerville and directed by Hiro Murai
- Made for Love: A 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, also from Somerville and directed by S.J. Clarkson
- Gremlins: An animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment based on the original movie
And that's separate from the HBO exclusives that'll be available on the service. Those will include:
- Stephen King's "The Outsider": A dark mystery starring Ben Mendelsohn, produced and directed by Jason Bateman
- **Lovecraft Country,:* A unique horror series based on a novel by Matt Ruff, written and executive produced by Misha Green, and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams
- The Nevers: Joss Whedon's new science fiction series starring Laura Donnelly
- The Gilded Age: The opulent world of 1885 New York from Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes
- Avenue 5: High satire aboard a space-bound cruise ship from Armando Iannucci ("Veep"), starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad
- The Undoing: A psychological thriller from David E. Kelley, directed by Susanne Bier starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant
- The Plot Against America: Reimagined history based on Phillip Roth's novel written and executive produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, starring Winona Ryder and John Turturro
- Perry Mason: The classic legal drama for a new generation, executive produced by Robert Downey, Jr. and Susan Downey, with Matthew Rhys in the title role
- I Know This Much Is True: A complex family drama starring Mark Ruffaloplaying twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia, based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance.
HBO Max will launch in the spring of 2020.
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