HBO Max sets release date, reveals day one slate of programming

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WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max has set an official launch date and unveiled its slate of premium Max Originals that will be available starting on day one.

HBO Max will officially launch May 27, 2020 and will have an extensive slate of original shows available.

The HBO Max slate includes the scripted comedy Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick; Sundance 2020 Official Selection feature documentary On the Record; underground ballroom dance competition series Legendary; Craftopia, hosted by YouTube sensation LaurDIY; the all-new Looney Tunes Cartoons, from Warner Bros. Animation; and Sesame Workshop’s The Not Too Late Show with Elmo.

After the initial launch, HBO Max Originals will continue to premiere on the streamer, 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; and Adventure Time: Distant Lands — BMO, the first of four breakout specials resurrecting Cartoon Network’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning franchise Adventure Time.

Starting May 27, HBO Max will also offer an impressive direct-to-consumer experience with 10,000 hours of premium content including the entire HBO service — including all of HBO’s premium originals such as Westworld, Big Little Lies, Insecure, Succession, Watchmen, Barry, Euphoria, and more.

The streamer will also have access to the extensive WarnerMedia portfolio of programming and acquisitions,including Friends, The Big Bang Theory; (new) Doctor Who; Rick and Morty; The Boondocks; CW shows such as Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keene, and much more.

In addition, HBO Max will feature a library of more than 2,000 feature films within the first year. Audiences will be able to watch 700 blockbuster films via the HBO service, including Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, Aquaman, and Joker.

Finally, streaming for the first time ever in the U.S., 20 films from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli animation house will be available on HBO Max at launch, including Academy Award® winner Spirited Away and Academy Award nominees Howl’s Moving Castle and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, as well as fan favorites My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

“Our number one goal is having extraordinary content for everyone in the family, and the HBO Max programming mix we are so excited to unveil on May 27th will bear that out,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.

Check out a few trailers of some of the original programming that will be available at the launch of HBO Max below!

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