A Sneak Peek at HBO Max’s Upcoming Summer Lineup, Including the ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot





HBO is really going full steam ahead with its new upcoming lineup for summer. This list will give you a good sneak peek as to what you can expect to see hitting HBO Max over the next couple of months, including some pretty big new shows like the Gossip Girl reboot, limited series White Lotus – the social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, The Hype competition series, sports series, and more.

BETTY Season 2 (HBO | Comedy Series)

Status: Debuts July 2021

Synopsis: Eight years after the original blogger’s website went dark, this extension of the pop culture classic series finds a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance.


Status: Debuts June 15.

Synopsis: Directed by Andy Señor Jr. and Victor Patrick Alvarez, this film follows Señor Jr. to Cuba, where he is tasked with directing a stage production of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “Rent,” the country’s first Broadway musical produced by an American company in more than 50 years. Returning to his exiled parents’ homeland, Señor Jr. embarks on a personal journey, exploring his Cuban heritage and his family’s complex relationship to the country they love.


Status: Debuts June 21.

Synopsis: In the summer of 2020, former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, also known as the Golden State Killer, was sentenced to life in prison for the 50 home-invasion rapes and 13 murders he committed during his reign of terror in the 1970s and ‘80s in California. Many of the survivors and victim’s family members featured in the series reconvened for an emotional public sentencing hearing in August 2020,  where they were given the opportunity to speak about their long-held pain and anger through victim impact statements, facing their attacker directly for the first time and bringing a sense of justice and resolution to the case.

LFG (HBO Max | Documentary)

Status: Debuts June 24.

Synopsis: LFG is a no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. women’s national team’s ongoing fight for equal pay as told by Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis and others.


Status: Debuts June 29.

Synopsis: This film is a searing and timely look at the struggle against rampant discrimination that exists in Nigeria today, as seen through the lens of several charismatic, non-conformist youth who fight to live life out loud. Through social media, celebrity and bold creativity, they spark a cultural debate that challenges the ideals of gender, conformity and civil rights in Nigeria.

STARSTRUCK (HBO Max | Comedy Series)

Status: Debuts June 2021.

Synopsis: STARSTRUCK follows Jessie, a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with famous film star Tom.

THE WHITE LOTUS (HBO | Limited Series)

Status: Debuts July 11.

Synopsis: A social satire set at an exclusive tropical resort, this six-episode limited series follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.

GOSSIP GIRL (HBO Max | Drama Series)

Status: Debuts July 2021.

Synopsis: Eight years after the original blogger’s website went dark, this extension of the pop culture classic series finds a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance.

100 FOOT WAVE (HBO | Sports Documentary Series)

Status: Debuts July 2021

Synopsis: This six-part series intimately captures the decade-long odyssey of surfing pioneer Garrett McNamara, who, after visiting Nazaré, Portugal in hopes of conquering a 100-foot wave, pushed the sport to ever-greater heights and alongside locals helped transform the small fishing village into the world’s preeminent big-wave surfing destination.

TITANS Season 3 (HBO Max | Drama Series)

Status: Debuts August 2021

Synopsis: TITANS follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find where they belong. In season three, circumstances draw our heroes to Gotham City, where they will reunite with old friends and face new threats.

THE OTHER TWO Season 2 (HBO Max | Comedy Series)

Status: Debuts summer 2021.

Season 1 Synopsis: The series stars Drew Tarver (“Bajillion Dollar Propertie$”) as a 28-year-old actor struggling to get better auditions than “Man At Party Who Smells Fart,” and Heléne Yorke (HBO’s “High Maintenance,” “Masters of Sex”) as his 30-year-old sister, who is struggling in general. As the two work toward finding themselves, their lives are completely upended when their 13-year-old brother, ChaseDreams, played by Case Walker, becomes incredibly famous overnight. The series also features Molly Shannon (HBO’s “Divorce”), who plays the siblings’ fame-ready mother, and Ken Marino (“Party Down”), as ChaseDreams newly-hired manager.

GENERA+ION Season 1, Part B (HBO Max | Dramedy Series)

Status: Debuts summer 2021.

Synopsis: GENERA+ION is a dark yet playful half-hour series following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.

THE HYPE (HBO Max | Competition Series)

Status: Debuts summer 2021.

Synopsis: This competition series is set in the colliding worlds of streetwear, business and culture where fashion visionaries must elevate their designs and entrepreneurial sense to avoid elimination while remaining authentic to their style. Speedy Morman hosts the eight-episode season, which will feature co-signers including Grammy®-nominated recording artist and designer, Offset; creative director and founder of Bephies Beauty Supply, Beth Birkett; and Emmy®-nominated costume designer and renowned stylist, Marni Senofonte. The panel of judges will critique the competing streetwear’s unique DNA, combining fashion, music, art and lifestyle to refine the idea of a “runway” and the balance between art and commerce. 

SWEET LIFE: LOS ANGELES (HBO Max | Unscripted Series)

Status: Debuts summer 2021.

Synopsis: SWEET LIFE: LOS ANGELES gives an honest and unique look into what it means to be young, Black, and in constant pursuit of one’s dreams in the heart of South Los Angeles. The series follows a group of young, strong-willed, ambitious Black friends showcasing their relatable, authentic and sometimes stumbling mid-20s moments as they embrace the joy and struggles of love and family, while building their careers as tastemakers and influencers in the city where they grew up.


Status: Debuts summer 2021.

Synopsis: Emmy® and Grammy®-nominated stand-up comedian, Tig Notaro (HBO’s “Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted”), returns to HBO with the first-ever fully animated stand-up special, executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres.


Status: Debuts summer 2021.

Synopsis: 28-time Emmy® winner and legendary broadcaster Bob Costas returns to HBO with the launch of this new series, which will air four episodes each year. The series will be driven by in-depth interviews with the biggest names in sports, entertainment and popular culture, and discussions led by Costas that will address today’s most topical sports issues.  

HARD KNOCKS (HBO | Sports Series)

Status: Debuts summer 2021

Synopsis: With the launch of HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE BALTIMORE RAVENS in the summer of 2001, HBO Sports and NFL Films developed not only a ground-breaking prime-time franchise but, in the process, created a category of programming in what has become known as “sports reality television.” The multi-part series redefined the terms “all-access” and “fastest turnaround time,” capturing the imagination of both the hardcore NFL fan and the casual sports and entertainment viewer.

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