HBO Max, despite being a little late to the OTT streaming race, has catapulted the success and established itself in a matter of a year. An already established catalog of thousands of content was enough for the OTT to garner momentum and audience. Plus, let’s not forget the flagship projects and Warner Bros. movies that stood out and the lockdown, which benefited more or less. Well, apart from the existing catalog, HBO Max itself has worked pretty high on creating its own originals, which stand out in quality. Thus making the platform something to look out for.
Anyway, here we are taking a look at some of the top shows and originals coming to the platform in May 2021. Let it be the already established shows such as Uri and Ella and In Treatment. Reality shows such as Legendary and The Big Shot with Bethanny. Max Originals such as The Nevers and The Marre Of Easttown are closing their chapters. Lastly, sketch comedies such as That Damn Michael Che and A Black Lady Sketch show. Let’s begin.
Uri and Ella Season 1 – May 2
Originally released in 2016. The Israeli series Uri And Ella, created by Dina Sanderson, Ofer Seker, and Yuval Shafferman is the hottest buy from the OTT platform. A romantic getaway show follows the story of a 60-year-old father, Uri, and his daughter Ella. Both struggling with their lives have recently suffered from the passing of Ella’s mother. Now, a retired musician and once famous cultural icon Uri and his messed up kid Ella are looking to reconcile. Thus building up their life piece by piece in a funny, quirky, and emotional journey.
Uri and Ella will be available on the 2nd of May 2021 on HBO Max. There are a total of 11 episodes in the first season of the series. Yuval Shafferman directed each and every episode. The show stars Shlomo Baraba and Dina Sanderson in the lead roles of Uri and Ella. Joining them are Pablo Rosenberg as the chef Zuki, Liron Vaisman as Kineret, Gal Toren as Ella’s older brother Shmulik, and Abigail Kovari as Zohar
Legendary: Season 2 – May 6
The HBO Max Original took us diving deep into the ball culture. Legendary originally premiered last year, the reality show features LGBT house members from eight different houses. These houses include House of Balmain, House of Lanvin, House of Escada, House of Gucci, House of Ninja, House of Ebony, House of St. Laurent, and House of West.
The show follows them through nine balls which may include dancing, voguing, and walking events. The Winning house ends up with a prize amount of US$100,000. It is judged by actress Jameela Jamil, stylist Law Roach, model and ballroom dancer Leiomy Maldonado, and Singer and Rapper Megan Thee Stallion. House of Balmain won the first season of Legendary. After critical acclaim, HBO Max renewed the show for a second season.
That Damn Michael Che — May 6
An HBO Max Original Sketch Comedy show created by Michael Che himself. That Damn Michael Che follows the comedian bringing in themes, plays, and incidents in his own funny. Thus to portray the feelings of racial profiling, unemployment, falling in love from a black vantage point. The play will feature Michael Che, joined by Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Colin Quinn, Ellen Cleghorne, and Colin Jost.
Apart from the main cast Omari Hardwick, Geoffrey Owens, Godfrey, Billy Porter, and Method Man join in as guests as well. The show comes up with 6 half-hour episodes produced by Che himself along with Erin Doyle, Lorne Michaels, and Oz Rodriguez under Universal Television, Broadway Video, and Irony Point.
Race for the White House Season 2 – May 10
The CNN series originally aired in 2016 and 2020 for two seasons and six episodes each. Race for the White House is a political docu-series narrated by Kevin Spacey and then re-recorded by Mahershala Ali. The documentary follows the archival footage, interviews, and stylized dramatization of one of the presidential campaigns from the United States of America’s past. Each episode showcases the high-stakes drama, dirty politics, and schemes that take place during these campaigns.
Hacks — May 13
The HBO Max Original series Hacks stars Jean Smart telling the story of legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance. Once popular and iconic comedians suddenly struggling to stay relevant by appearing in promotional shows, ribbon cuttings, and events. Only until a struggling 25-year-old writer played by Hannah Einbinder comes across the star. Thus, they embark on a dynamic journey of mentorship which may see its own ups and downs.
Apart from Smart and Einbinder, the show also stars Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Kaitlin Olson, Christopher McDonald, and Paul W. Downs. There are a total of 10 episodes coming, Hacks. Two new episodes will be added on HBO Max every Thursday, wrapping the show up on June 10th.
In Treatment Season 4 – May 23
The HBO Original is returning 10 years after the third season premiered. In Treatment is a critically acclaimed drama created by Rodrigo García. The show takes cues from its original counterpart which is an Israeli Academy Award-winning TV drama series of the same name. It follows the story of psychotherapist Dr. Paul Weston conducting sessions with his patients. Until he starts doubting his own abilities and heads back to his mentor Dr. Gina Toll after almost 10 years. The fourth season of In Treatment is coming to HBO Max, starring Uzo Aduba in the lead role. The show will consist of a total of 24 episodes, with four episodes releasing every week.
The Nevers Part 1 Finale – New Episode Every Sunday Till May 16
Joss Whedon’s Historial science-fiction drama comes to a full circle airing its finale episodes airing every Sunday until 16 May 2021. The Nevers follows the story of a group of Victorian women gifted with powers trying to change the world on their mission. Until threats and enemies come in their way. So far, the show has finished releasing four episodes from its intended six-episode Part 1 with a story part with the same amount episodes coming soon.
An HBO and Mutant Enemy Produced show, The Nevers is produced by Whedon, Philippa Goslett, Doug Petrie, Jane Espenson, Ilene S. Landress, and Bernadette Caulfield. It stars Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams, and James Norton in the lead.
The Big Shot with Bethenny — Two New Episodes Every Thursday Until May 20
Another HBO Max Original sees former Real House Wife Bethenny Frankel taking in it to the boss attitude. The reality show will follow a group of aspiring business moguls participating and competing with each other. The winner in turn becoming second-in-command to Skinnygirl founder Frankl herself. Thus joining her executive team.
There are a total of seven episodes scheduled for The Big Shot With Bethany. So far, two far episodes have finished airing. Two episodes will release every Thursday, with the finale being aired on 20th May of 2021.
A Black Lady Sketch Show Season 2 Finale – New Episode Every Friday Till 28th May 2021
Another HBO Sketch Comedy show brought to you by Robin Thede. A Black Lady Sketch Show originally aired on HBO in 2019 with the first season. It follows funny sketches coming from Thede himself along with an ensemble of Black women comedians including the likes of Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis, Quinta Brunson, Laci Mosley, and Skye Townsend. The show is currently on its second season run, releasing two episodes out of six so far. A new episode will arrive every Friday on HBO Max until the finale aires on 28th May 2021.
Mare of Easttown: Limited Series Finale – New Episode Every Sunday Till May 30
HBO’s limited series crime drama Mare of Easttown is created by Brad Ingelsby, starring Kate Winslet in the lead. The show is set in the suburbs of Philadelphia with Detective Mare Sheehan, the local hero of the town. She tries to balance her life while handling the neighborhood a past case and also a new case involving the murder of a teenage mother.
Mare Of Easttown has released three-episode so far. A new episode will release on HBO Max every Sunday until the show wraps on 30th May 2021. Apart from Kate Winslet, the show also stars Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, David Denman, Neal Huff, Guy Pearce Cailee Spaeny, John Douglas Thompson, Joe Tippett, Evan Peters, Sosie Bacon, and James McArdle.