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Westworld (and some other new shows) are coming to HBO this fall


HBO’s Westworld adaptation has been in trouble since about September of last year, which is when a report came out that extras working on the show had been told they may be required to “perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back, [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude.” The ridiculous excess of that was (and still is) totally hilarious, but the show ran into real problems earlier this year when production had to be delayed for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy could finish some scripts. That delay ended up lasting a bit longer, but HBO announced in April that Westworld had resumed production and the show about the robot theme park where absolutely nothing goes wrong (until everything goes wrong) was back on track.

Now, against all odds, Westworld actually has a real premiere date—or at least a general premiere season. According to Variety, the series will debut this fall alongside fellow HBO newcomers Divorce, Insecure, and High Maintenance. Those three are comedies, and they probably won’t feature any naked extras being used as tables, but it’s a bit early to say for sure. Variety doesn’t know when HBO might actually announce the premiere dates for these shows, but it’s good to know that Westworld will air eventually, at least.


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