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The Righteous Gemstones

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HBO Orders Televangelist Comedy Pilot Starring Danny McBride, John Goodman
HBO has given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy that hails from creator Danny McBride.
The project is titled “The Righteous Gemstones.” It is the story of the world famous Gemstone televangelist family, which has a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
John Goodman will star as Eli Gemstone, the patriarch of the Gemstone family. The character is described as unbending and a force in the Ministry game. He’s known the world over for his aggressive salvation techniques, his worldwide ministries, and his award winning weekly television program. His light is fading, but he takes no guff. He is obeyed, unquestioned.
In addition to writing, directing, and executive producing, McBride will also star as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest son and “heir to the throne.” He walks in his father’s shadow while simultaneously blazing his own path. Like Eli, Jesse demands loyalty from those in his circle, and surrounds himself by those that will follow him. Jesse fancies himself a maverick in the ministry game, taking what Eli has built and expanding it for a more modern audience. . . .
Variety, June 28

Cassidy Freeman Joins Cast of HBO's Danny McBride Televangelist Comedy
The Gemstone family keeps growing: Smallville alum Cassidy Freeman has joined the cast of Danny McBride’s HBO comedy pilot The Righteous Gemstones, TVLine has learned.
Gemstones stars McBride as Jesse, the eldest son in a famous family of televangelists; John Goodman co-stars as the Gemstone family’s patriarch. Freeman will play Jesse’s wife Amber Gemstone, who gave up a career in journalism to devote her life to her husband and his church. The half-hour comedy project scored a pilot order at HBO last month, with McBride slated to write and direct.
Also joining the Gemstones cast: Tony Cavalero (School of Rock), as ex-Satanist Keefe Chambers, who was saved by the Gemstone family and is now their loyal servant; and Tim Baltz (Veep, Better Call Saul), as B.J., who’s engaged to Jesse’s sister Judy (Vice Principals‘ Edi Patterson) and struggles to fit in with the Gemstone clan. . . .
TV Line, July 13

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