HBO Max Launch Date Set, Originals Lineup Announced

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The long-awaited launch date for HBO Max is finally set. The new streaming service from WarnerMedia, which combines HBO’s library with original titles and past and present Warner Bros. content, will officially go live on Monday, May 27.  

According to HBO Max, the streaming library will feature films and TV series from Warner Bros.’ “100-year content collection,” New Line, library titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and “a selection of classic films curated in partnership with TCM.”

WarnerMedia also announced the “MAX Originals” that will be available to stream on launch day: Anna Kendrick’s comedy Love Life; the Sundance feature doc On the Record; dance competition series Legendary; Craftopia, hosted by YouTuber LaurDIY; a new Looney Tunes cartoon, and Sesame Workshop’s The Not Too Late Show with Elmo. That last one already sounds better than James Corden’s show. 

If those launch day titles are underwhelming to you, well, HBO Max buried the lede in their press release. Some heavy hitters are coming throughout the summer and into the fall, including the return of our beloved DC Universe series Doom Patrol and TBS’ holdover Search Party. A Friends thing is also happening, but not the way you want it. Read on for more via the HBO Max release…

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After the initial launch, Max Originals will continue to premiere on the streamer at a regular cadence through summer and fall including The Flight Attendant, starring and executive produced by Kaley Cuoco, from Berlanti Productions and based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian; the highly anticipated Friends unscripted cast reunion special; all-new original episodes of the critically acclaimed DC fan favorite Doom Patrol;the return of the critically beloved mystery comedy Search Party with a brand new season; the three-part documentary series Expecting Amyan unfiltered and intimate view into comedian Amy Schumer’s life on tour creating a stand-up special during her difficult pregnancysci-fi series Raised by Wolves from director and executive producer Ridley Scott, the award-winning creator behind The Martian, Gladiator, and Blade Runner; the adult animated comedy Close Enoughfrom J.G. Quintel (creator of Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning Regular Show), a hilarious look at the surreal life of a millennial family living with roommates; and Adventure Time: Distant Lands- BMO, the first of four breakout specials resurrecting Cartoon Network’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning franchise Adventure Time.

HBO Max enters a crowded streaming space currently occupied by Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Apple+, Hulu, CBS All Access, and the forthcoming Peacock from NBCU and CBS/Viacom’s untitled service.

HBO Max dropped trailers for the launch day original titles. You can watch them below:

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo

Looney Tunes

Love Life

On The Record