Workaholics star Adam Devine is set to find some of that old-time religion, joining Danny McBride (Vice Principals), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, The Connors), and Edi Patterson (The Last O.G.) in the HBO comedy pilot The Righteous Gemstones.
Written, directed, starring, and executive produced by McBride, the half-hour comedy series is based in and around the the world of televangelism, telling the story of the world famous Gemstone televangelist family. The family has a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work — all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jody Hill and David Gordon Green are also set to executive produce the project.
Devine’s Kelvin Gemstone is the youngest son of Eli (Goodman) and Amy Leigh, and he’s known as “the edgy one.” He finds himself in the middle of the giant personalities that are Jesse (McBride) and Judy Gemstone (Patterson) and has branded himself an outsider to the church, feeling his methods are too hardcore for mainstream religion. Kelvin doesn’t have bigger ambitions for the head seat at the table but focuses his efforts on the eradication of Satan and dark forces from everyday life.
Goodman’s family patriarch Eli Gemstone is an unbending force in the ministry game. He’s known the world over for his aggressive salvation techniques, his worldwide ministries, and his award-winning weekly television program. McBride’s Jesse Gemstone is the eldest son and heir to the throne who“walks in his father’s shadow while simultaneously blazing his own path. Like his father Eli, Jesse demands loyalty from those in his circle and surrounds himself by those that will follow him. Patterson’s Judy isn’t offered the same opportunities within the church as Jesse and Kelvin because she’s a woman, leaving her resentful and longing for the day when she can stand on stage with her family on Sunday mornings.
HBO is hoping the third time’s the charm, with The Righteous Gemstones marking the cable giants third collaboration with McBride, Hill, and Green. Having recently ended its two-season run, comedy series Vice Principals also starred McBride. Prior to that, the trio worked on baseball comedy series Eastbound & Down, which aired for four seasons and wrapped up in 2013.
Co-creating and co-starring in hit Comedy Central series Workaholics, Devine has also appeared as a recurring character on ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family. On the big screen, the actor’s appeared in the first two Pitch Perfect movies, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Game Over, Man!, and When We First Met.
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