While some of their recent offerings haven’t panned out, HBO is banking on Tim Robbins and Jack Black to bring some comedic greatness back to the network.
HBO has ordered to series ‘The Brink,’ a geopolitical comedy starring Robbins and Black, as first reported from Deadline. It comes from a familiar, successful group of executive producers in Jerry Weintraub (‘Behind the Candelabra), Jay Roach (‘Game Change’), and Roberto Benabib (‘Weeds’).
The series follows the effects of a geopolitical crisis on three disparate men. One is Robbins’ character, the U.S. Secretary of State, while another is Black’s lowly foreign services officer who constantly finds himself amid chaos and turmoil. The third figure is a Navy fighter pilot played by Pablo Schreiber.
Benabib will co-write alongside his brother Kim Benabib, with Roach set to direct the pilot. Both Black and Robbins will also co-produce. The series also stars Maribeth Monroe, Esai Morales, Geoff Pierson, and Aasif Mandvi as a Pakistani who works for the U.S. embassy.
HBO is hoping the can find some longevity with ‘The Brink,’ having recently struggled to find stable, successful ground with comedies. They recently cancelled both freshman comedies ‘Hello Ladies,’ and ‘Family Tree,’ and so far, the ratings and reception of ‘Looking’ have been mediocre at best.
Both ‘Veep’ and ‘Girls’ have found fans and accolades, but those HBO continues to be known for dramas far more than comedies. The network has another comedy in the works, with a pilot for Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Ballers’ ordered.
Production for ‘The Brink’ will begin later this year, however neither an episode count nor a premiere date has been set.