Home Television Report: By the Time “Euphoria” Returns to HBO, Zendaya’s Rue May At...

Sounds like HBO is having some trouble with programming the 2023-24 season.

In an interview with Deadline, Francesca Orsi concedes that filmed pipeline is dry. The writers strike is a big hold up, plus new episodes of old shows aren’t ready anyway.

Orsi says “Euphoria,” the hit show made by Sam Levinson and starring Zendaya won’t be back until 2025. Levinson is occupied with “The Idol” (which was widely panned in Cannes this week, especially by me). Zendaya is busy with other projects. She’s very much in demand. By the time “Euphoria” comes around again, her character, Rue, will be able to get Medicare for her drug addiction!

HBO also has no new episodes of “The House of Dragon” or “Hacks.” Their other big shows, “Succession” and “Barry” will end on Sunday night. And then what? Because of the strike, no one is writing new episodes of “The White Lotus” or “The Last of Us.”

“While everything at this moment is pencils down, I’m hopeful that we can come to terms sooner than later. Otherwise we will have to assess what is the end of the 24 schedule, what are the shows that are going to be delivered for 2025,” Orsi said. “At this point, those shows that I’m looking to air wouldn’t necessarily be ready if this strike last six to nine months. So yes, that’s a big question for us, but I think we’ll cross that road once we come to it.”

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