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The premium cable outlet has set an April premiere date and released a first trailer for the series, created by Joss Whedon. HBO ordered The Nevers straight to series in July 2018; Whedon exited the show in late November, and Philippa Goslett (Mary Magdalene, How to Talk to Girls at Parties) was hired last week to take over as showrunner.
“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,” Whedon said in announcing his departure.
The six episodes HBO will debut in the spring were filmed before Whedon’s departure. The remainder of the first season, under Goslett, will follow at a later time; those episodes, delayed because of COVID-19, are in preproduction.
The Nevers is set in Victorian-era London and centers on a group of people, mostly women, known as the Touched, who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities. Among them are Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), a mysterious and quick-fisted widow, and her best friend Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), a brilliant inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass who set out to make a home for the Touched and make room for those for whom history as we know it has no place.
The trailer showcases several characters’ abilities as well as some steampunk-style gadgets and the powers that be who are aligned against the Touched. Watch it below.
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