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HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones

Danny McBride (Photo: David Buchan/Variety/Shutters)

By Valerie Milano

John Goodman, Cassidy Freeman, & Danny McBride

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/6/19 – Creator of HBO’s Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, funny man Danny McBride returns with yet another comedy that some might call blessed and highly favored! The cast of The Righteous Gemstones had some time to discuss this new satirical show, as it delves into the morally ambiguous lifestyles of the rich and God-fearing.

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Following the story of generational televangelists, The Righteous Gemstones set the tone for the many facets of dysfunctionality that a family in the trenches of the megachurch industry face. It seems however, that the plot behind this carefully crafted comedy resides mostly in the paradox of this family being prosperous and righteous, while simultaneously having characteristics that can at times seem grossly unethical. Mcbride explains, “The Gemstones have gotten exactly what they’ve always wanted in life, and we wanted to show, [like, how] corrosive and damaged you could still be, getting everything you want. And for us, it was interesting if these people were actually really good at what they do. So much so that they’ve created this massive empire.” 

This very human and paradoxical approach to faith, life, and deceit allows the creators to, “[…] Leave a lot of the work up to the audience to sort of figure out where you align with these people, where you disagree with them, where you agree with them. I think to an extent, they all are believers. I do think that they all believe in what they’re saying, but I think they have a different relationship with faith.” according to Mcbride. 

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While this show seems to shed a comedic light on the less-than-moral station of Ministers’ families and some of the common trials and tribulations that befall them, Gemstones does not aim to take jabs at religion. The show aims to dissect and attack imposters with its profound levity and wit. McBride goes on to explain, “I do feel like when Hollywood decides to take on religion, I think they make the deadly mistake of like lampooning people for their beliefs, which is not something I’m really interested in doing. I don’t know enough about what I believe in order to go and pass judgment on other people. So, for us, it’s about, lampooning a hypocrite, lampooning somebody who presents themselves one way and does not act that way underneath. And I don’t think that’s something that is just relevant to the world of religion and televangelism. I think it’s something that’s relevant in just the world we live in, that you’re constantly being exposed to people who present themselves one way on social media but act another way in-person. I think hypocrisy is everywhere, and that’s ultimately, I think, what this story is about, about what happens when you don’t practice what you preach.”

Please tune in to HBO August 18 7:00pmET/10PST to watch the gloriously hilarious series premiere of The Righteous Gemstones! 

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.