While HBO is known to many for hour-long dramas such as Game of Thrones and True Detective, the channel has also developed a number of half-hour comedies over the years, most notably the Mike Judge technology comedy Silicon Valley and the Armando Iannucci political satire Veep. They have also, over the years, been known to draw in high-profile performers to star in their shows, two traits that once again show up in their upcoming half-hour show The Brink.
The series is created by Weeds and Ally McBeal writer Roberto Benabib in conjunction with his brother Kim Benabib, a newcomer to the television landscape. The Brink stars Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Aasif Mandvi, and Pablo Schreiber, and the show’s synopsis is as follows.
Top U.S. government and military scramble to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis.
HBO’s detailed description about the series is as follows.
A new half-hour dark comedy series, The Brink focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Walter Larson (played by Tim Robbins), the US Secretary of State; Alex Talbot (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three. The show also features Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Carla Gugino and Eric Ladin.
The show has been conceived by the Benabib brothers to switch locations every season, focusing on a geopolitical crisis in a different part of the world every season with the same core group of characters. The first season will be set in Pakistan, and HBO has now announced that the show will make its series premiere on June 21st at 10:30 pm ET. Along with the announcement, HBO has also released the first trailer for the show, via Vanity Fair, which can be seen below.