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The Nevers is a science fiction drama television series that premiered on April 11, 2021. The first part of season 1 aired Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.

Premise

The series is described as epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might very well change the world.[1] Joss Whedon explained:[2]

"They, themselves are not called ['the Nevers'] in the show. It's a phrase that's meant to evoke a sort of reaction to their oddity, to what is considered unnatural. The idea that you should never be like this, you should never have existed. Something is not the way it should be, and you don't have the right to have whatever weird power or ability or that you have. And that idea, that some people are not of the natural order, is fascinating to me. I don't agree with it. But to me, it's one of those things where you take something negative, and you wear it as a badge of honor, basically. Certain things could never happen — they're happening. And the people they're happening to are taking their place in the world."

Actor Denis O'Hare, who portrays Dr. Edmund Hague, described the series: "It is a wild, Victorian X-Men meets Sherlock Holmes meets girls with superpowers mash-up."[3]

Origin

In 2015, Whedon announced a comic named Twist, a six-issue miniseries described as the answer to his thought: "Why isn't there a Victorian female Batman?" The project was never published and, in 2018, Whedon confirmed this comic was inspiration for the creation of The Nevers. He explained that he was thinking of a lot of stories and enough of them were Victorian, an era he's fascinated, particularly the end of the century, "when the world was just about to shift radically." He added that he didn't want to tell a story about a person, but talk about society as a whole through people's interactions and adventures. Although, he concluded that he doesn't know if Twist and The Nevers cancel each other out.[2]

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Production

Crew

On July 13, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production a straight-to-series order.[4] Joss Whedon would serve as a writer, director, executive producer and showrunner for the series. The series landed at HBO after a bidding war with other networks and streaming services including Netflix.[5] Bernie Caulfield, Jane Espenson, and Doug Petrie would executive produce as well; Espenson and Petrie would also write.[1]

In January 2019, Laurie Penny announced that she was working as a staff writer on the HBO show.[6] Whedon confirmed in April he has been working as well with the writers Melissa Iqbal, Madhuri Shekar, Kevin Lau, Daniel S. Kaminsky, and Hennah Sekandary.[7]

In April 2019, HBO announced that actress Laura Donnelly had landed the lead role as Amalia True.[8] The main cast announcement was given in July[9] and the recurring cast in the following month.[10] It had also been revealed that Gemma Jackson would serve as production designer[11] and Christine Blundell as make-up designer.[12]

Joss Whedon stepped out from the position of showrunner in November 2020. He stated:[13]

"This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyful experience, I realize that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer. I am genuinely exhausted, and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I'm grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world. The Nevers is a true labor of love, but after two plus years of labor, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade."

In January 2021, Philippa Goslett was named the series' new showrunner.[14] The official website credits the series as executive produced by Joss Whedon, Bernadette Caulfield, Ilene S. Landress, Doug Petrie, Jane Espenson, and Philippa Goslett; while Daniel S. Kaminsky co-executive produces.[15]

Filming

On July 4, 2019 Whedon announced that principal photography had started.[16] Two weeks later, it was reported that scenes were filmed in London at Trinity Church Square[17] and Historic Dockyard Chatham.[18] The filming for the first episode wrapped up in August 14.[19] In January 26, 2020, shooting took place at the Joyce Grove country house estate.[20]

The shooting was put on hold in January due to the COVID-19 pandemic[21] with about 5 episodes shoot and the season half-way through.[22] Production picked up again in September and the filming of the sixth episode was concluded in the following month.[21]

The first season was originally going to have 10 episodes,[23] but it was then expanded to two parts of six episodes each.[15] HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys explains: "There was kind of a natural narrative break at six. So that was the thought then was to air six episodes. So at least we had something to put out there for subscribers and fans."[23]

Filming for Part Two of the first season began on June 29, 2021. New showrunner Philippa Goslett, who took over for Whedon in January, mapped out the back half with her writers' room while Part One was premiering.[24]

Publicity

Poster used in presentation in 2019.

The release date for The Nevers was revealed as 2021. The presentation for HBO Max displayed a new poster, which featured logo (Cinzel font) and tagline ("They're coming.") as previously created for the fansite hbothenevers.com.[25]

The first scenes of the series were revealed in a video released on December 17 showcasing HBO Max's upcoming lineup.[26] A video teaser for the series was posted in February 2021[27] and the full trailer released on March 23,[28] along a press release with details for the six first episodes of season 1.[29] The personalized emoji Emoji.png was also added to #TheNevers and #TheNeversHBO hashtags on Twitter,[30][31] updated to Emoji v2.png after the mid-season finale.[32][33]

International titles

Country/Region Title Translation
Czechia Viktoriánky[34] Victorian
Poland Nierealne[35] Unreal
Russia Невероятные[36] Incredible

Videos

Official links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Everything You Need to Know About Joss Whedon's 'The Nevers'". HBO, July 31, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Joshua Yehl, "Joss Whedon Explains Title of His HBO Series, The Nevers - Comic-Con 2018". IGN, July 21, 2018.
  3. Marion Olité, "Vidéo : le Fast Life du pétillant Denis O'Hare (True Blood, American Horror Story)". Biiinge, January 23, 2020.
  4. Lesley Goldberg, "Joss Whedon Sci-Fi Drama Ordered Straight to Series at HBO". Hollywood Reporter, July 13, 2018.
  5. Daniel Holloway, "HBO Lands Joss Whedon Sci-Fi Series 'The Nevers'". Variety, July 13, 2018.
  6. Laurie Penny, "TLDR: finally allowed to say that the show I'm working on is The Nevers for @HBO and it's not out until next year and I already can't wait for you lot to see it holy shit it's going to be so epic hey cosplayers you're welcome hey fandom you're welcome. Hold onto your bustles.". Twitter, January 20, 2019.
  7. Joss Whedon, "Secret history of THE NEVERS: Here's the OG wordnerd herd back in January, trying to find our light and dreaming up truly bonkers shit. @Azureix @PennyRed @madplays @JaneEspenson @AuthorKLau Danny Kaminsky and Hennah Sekandary - Miss you GUYS". Twitter, April 23, 2019.
  8. Nellie Andreeva, "'The Nevers': Laura Donnelly To Star In Joss Whedon's HBO Sci-Fi Drama Series". Deadline, April 23, 2019.
  9. Denise Petski, "'The Nevers': Joss Whedon's HBO Sci-Fi Drama Series Adds 12 To Cast". Deadline, July 30, 2019.
  10. Denise Petski, "'The Nevers': Joss Whedon's HBO Sci-Fi Drama Series Adds 6 To Cast". Deadline, August 15, 2019.
  11. Jacob Tyler, "EXCLUSIVE: Joss Whedon's HBO Series 'The Nevers' Adds Production Designer Gemma Jackson ('Game of Thrones')". GWW, February 18, 2019.
  12. Lorraine Fisher, "Tips from the top: Movie make-up artist Christine Blundell". Metro News UK, January 27, 2020.
  13. Sean O'Connell, "Joss Whedon Is Leaving HBO Show The Nevers, Read His Statement". Cinemablend, November 25, 2020.
  14. Peter White, "'The Nevers': Philippa Goslett Named As Showrunner Of HBO Sci-Fi Drama Following Joss Whedon's Departure". Deadline, January 28, 2021.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "The Nevers - Official Website for the HBO Series". HBO. Retrieved on March 25, 2021.
  16. Joss Whedon, "There's a lot of self-important, childish BULLSHIT in this industry. But today we started principal photography on "THE NEVERS", despite all of mine.". Twitter, July 4, 2019.
  17. "The Nevers: HBO films sci-fi drama in Historic Dockyard Chatham.". London SE1, July 17, 2019.
  18. Rachel Dixon, "The Avengers and Game of Thrones creators film new series at Historic Dockyard Chatham". KentOnline, July 13, 2019.
  19. Ann Skelly, "Now that ep1 of The Never (ever evers) wrapped I can't say things like "I'm tired?!", "can I get some water?!" and "can I sit down?!" for…". Instagram, August 19, 2019.
  20. "Joyce Grove used as location for American TV series". Henley Standard, January 26, 2020.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Gregory Lawrence, "Nick Frost on Playing a "Serial Lunatic" in 'The Nevers,' Joss Whedon's Upcoming HBO Series". Collider, October 21, 2020.
  22. Christina Radish, "James Norton on the Timeliness of 'Mr. Jones' and Working with Joss Whedon on HBO's 'The Nevers'". Collider, June 22, 2020.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Jennifer Maas and Tim Baysinger, "HBO Received 'No Complaints' About Joss Whedon Before He Exited 'The Nevers,' Casey Bloys Says". The Wrap, February 10, 2021.
  24. Jennifer Maas, "HBO’s ‘The Nevers’ Begins Production on Season 1B, New Episodes to Debut in 2022 (Exclusive)". The Wrap, June 28, 2021.
  25. Culture Inject, "Artwork for THE NEVERS Revealed At WarnerMedia/HBO Max Presentation!". The Nevers, November 4, 2019.
  26. HBO Max, "HBO Max's Epic Lineup Through 2022!". YouTube, December 17, 2020.
  27. HBO, "The Nevers: Official Teaser | HBO". YouTube, February 2, 2021.
  28. HBO Max, "The Nevers: Official Trailer | HBO". YouTube, March 23, 2021.
  29. "HBO Drama Series THE NEVERS Debuts April 11". HBO Latin America Press Room, March 23, 2021.
  30. "#TheNevers - Twitter Search". Twitter. Retrieved on March 27, 2021.
  31. "#TheNeversHBO - Twitter Search". Twitter. Retrieved on March 27, 2021.
  32. "#TheNevers - Twitter Search". Twitter. Retrieved on May 17, 2021.
  33. "#TheNeversHBO - Twitter Search". Twitter. Retrieved on May 17, 2021.
  34. HBO CZSK, "THE NEVERS / Viktoriánky - seriál na HBO GO (CZ) trailer/ Duben 2021". YouTube, March 24, 2021.
  35. HBO Polska, "Nierealne - trailer HBO GO". YouTube, March 24, 2021.
  36. Amediateka, "Невероятные | The Nevers | Русский тизер (2021)". YouTube, February 2, 2021.
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