HBO’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ breaks every commandment
Danny McBride has a storied, and hysterical history with HBO. He’s played a washed-up baseball pitcher in Eastbound & Down, and a frustrated school administrator in Vice Principals. But his latest project, “The Righteous Gemstones,” will shine a whole new light on the world of televangelism, and thanks to a stellar cast, the result will truly make you rejoice.
The new comedy, premiering Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10 p.m. ET, centers around the Gemstones, a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work — all in the name of the Lord. They seem to have it all: wealth, power, charisma and a passionate following of their enormous megachurch. But their vices, obsessions and overall brashness get in the way on a regular basis, making life very interesting for this group of spiritual bullies.
McBride, who also writes, directs and executive produces the series, stars as Jesse Gemstone, who sees himself as a real game-changing maverick in the ministry business. McBride has enlisted some heavy hitters to round out his “family,” including John Goodman (do we really need to list his projects here?) as Jesse’s father Eli and the family patriarch, the hysterical Edi Patterson (Another “Vice Principals” alum) as Jesse’s sister Judy, the always unpredictable Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect,” “Workaholics”) as younger brother Kelvin, and Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) as Jesse’s wife Amber. In addition to McBride, the series will be executive produced by frequent collaborators Jody Hill and David Gordon Green.
Catch the premiere of “The Righteous Gemstones” Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.