Monday, April 15, 2024

Report: By the Time “Euphoria” Returns to HBO, Zendaya’s Rue May At Least Be Getting Medicare for Her Drug Addiction


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.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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