Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN, debuting SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT), from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”, HBO’s “The Leftovers”), embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Nicole Kassell directs the pilot from a script written by Lindelof.
The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
WATCHMEN reunites Lindelof with Regina King (HBO’s “The Leftovers”, Oscar® winner for “If Beale Street Could Talk”, Emmy® winner for “Seven Seconds” and “American Crime”; Golden Globe winner for “If Beale Street Could Talk”). King leads the cast as Angela Abar, who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons (Oscar® winner for “Reversal of Fortune”, Emmy® winner for “Big Cat Week” and “Elizabeth I”) as the Lord of a Country Estate; Don Johnson (Golden Globe winner for “Miami Vice”) as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart (Emmy® winner for “Samantha Who?” and “Frasier”) as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. (Oscar® winner for “An Officer and a Gentleman”, Emmy® winner for “Roots”) as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.
There will be nine episodes. Episodes include:
Episode 1: “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 20 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
In an alternate America where police conceal their identities behind masks to protect themselves from a terrorist organization, Detective Angela Abar (Regina King) investigates the attempted murder of a fellow officer under the guidance of her friend and Chief, Judd Crawford (Don Johnson). Meanwhile, the Lord of a Country Estate (Jeremy Irons) receives an anniversary gift from his loyal servants.
Written by Damon Lindelof; directed by Nicole Kassell.
Episode 2: “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 27 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
As Angela relives haunting memories of an attack on her family, she detains a mysterious man (Lou Gossett Jr.) who claims responsibility for Tulsa’s most recent murder. Elsewhere, an original play is performed for an audience of one.
Written by Damon Lindelof & Nick Cuse; directed by Nicole Kassell.
Episode 3: “ She Was Killed by Space Junk”
Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 3 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
Following a late-night visit from the senator who authored Masked Policing Legislation in Oklahoma, FBI agent Laurie Blake (Jean Smart) heads to Tulsa to take over the recent murder investigation. The Lord of The Manor receives a harshly worded letter and responds accordingly.
Written by Damon Lindelof & Lila Byock; directed by Stephen Williams.
Episode 4: “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own”
Debuts date: SUNDAY, NOV. 10 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
Reclusive trillionaire Lady Trieu (Hong Chau) finally enters the stage with a mysterious offer. With Blake (Jean Smart) getting closer to the truth of her coverup, Angela (Regina King) enlists Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) for help. Meanwhile, The Lord (Jeremy Irons) trains two new servants.
Written by Damon Lindelof & Christal Henry; directed by Andrij Parekh.
Episode 5: “Little Fear of Lightning”
Debuts date: SUNDAY, NOV. 17 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
The origin story of Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) is at last revealed, as is the truth behind the greatest hoax in American history. Far away, The Smartest Man In The World (Jeremy Irons) plots a daring escape.
Written by Damon Lindelof & Carly Wray; directed by Steph Green.
Episode 6: “This Extraordinary Being”
Debuts date: SUNDAY, NOV. 24 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
Deep under the influence of Nostalgia, Angela (Regina King) gets a firsthand account of her grandfather’s journey.
Written by Damon Lindelof & Cord Jefferson; directed by Stephen Williams.
Episode 7: “ An Almost Religious Awe”
Debut date: SUNDAY, DEC. 1 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
Under Lady Trieu’s (Hong Chau) care, Angela (Regina King) undergoes an
unconventional treatment while Agent Blake (Jean Smart) chases down a lead. Elsewhere, The Smartest Man in The World (Jeremy Irons) delivers a stunning defense of his past actions.
Written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour & Claire Kiechel; directed by David Semel.
Episode 8: “ A God Walks Into Abar”
Debut date: SUNDAY, DEC. 8 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
Angela’s (Regina King) mysterious past in Vietnam is at last revealed.
Written by Jeff Jensen & Damon Lindelof; directed by Nicole Kassell.
Episode 9: “See How They Fly” (Season finale)
Debut date: SUNDAY, DEC. 15 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)
Everything ends. For real this time.
Written by Nick Cuse & Damon Lindelof; directed by Frederick E.O. Toye.
Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof; executive producer/director, Nicole Kassell; executive producer, Tom Spezialy; executive producer/director, Stephen Williams; executive producer, Joseph Iberti. Based on the iconic graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.