HBO Previews Lovecraft Country, The Third Day, His Dark Materials S02

It was as if HBO could read our thoughts. With Perry Mason having now premiered and Lovecraft Country set for August, we were wondering when we were going to get that feels-like-monthly promo reminder of what the cable giant has in store for the rest of 202 and beyond. That's what viewers got Sunday night with a brand new "New to HBO and Coming Soon" trailer, but it offered a lot more than just new looks at the Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Courtney B. Vance-starrer, though. For fresh looks at The Third Day, starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris; as well as a heads-up on the second season of His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman's novels and starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (and a dozen other series), check out the clip below (before HBO pulls it, which can be a bit annoying):

A look at Lovecraft Country, The Third Day, and His Dark Materials (Image: HBO)

Adapted from Matt Ruff's 2016 novel of the same name by showrunner/EP Misha Green (Underground), EP Jordan Peele (Get Out), and EP J.J. Abrams, Lovecraft Country introduces us to Koren war vet Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), who joins up with his friend Letitia "Leti" Dandridge (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip to find his missing father and claim a family legacy.

Atticus is known for two things: always having a pulp novel in his back pocket and wearing his heart on his sleeve despite the daily injustice of living in 1950s Jim Crow America. The trio must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Except these stories here? They're living things, and some of them are very, very deadly:

Joining Vance, Majors, and Smollett-Bell are Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth DebickiWunmi Mosaku, Michael K. Williams, Jamie Harris, Abbey Lee, Jamie Chung, Jordan Patrick Smith, Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel, and Mac Brandt, and Tony Goldwyn. Adapted from Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country stems from Academy Award winner Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, and WBTV. Yann Demange (Top Boy) directs and executive produces the series opener; with Misha Green writing the pilot and serving as showrunner, as well as executive-producing alongside Peele, Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. Daniel Sackheim (The Americans, True Detective) is directing the second and third episodes of the series, and will also serve as executive producer.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.