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HBO Announces Comedies and Minis

Jul 15, 2005  •  Post A Comment

HBO announced some greenlighted projects at the Television Critics Association semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills Friday, including its first multicamera comedy and a miniseries produced by Tom Hanks.

The as-yet-untitled 13-episode comedy series stars Louis C.K. (writer for “The Chris Rock Show”) and chronicle a working-class family.

Also new for HBO comedy is “One Night Stand,” featuring 10 half-hour episodes of original stand-up by established and up-and-coming comedians. The series will bolster HBO late-night and follow “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

In addition, HBO greenlighted a pair of historical miniseries-“Elizabeth I” and “John Adams.”

“John Adams” is based on a biography by David McCullough about the founding father and is executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman under their Playtone banner (“Band of Brothers”). The miniseries will include at least five parts and chronicle the birth of the American republic and its first 50 years.

“Elizabeth I” is a two-part miniseries starring Helen Mirren (“Gosford Park”) and Jeremy Irons (“Being Julia”) and depicts the latter-half of the queen’s reign. It is produced by GRB Entertainment.