John Goodman juggling “The Conners” and a new HBO show about televangelists

John Goodman, shown here during an appearance on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers,” stars in a new HBO series about televangelists.

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It looks like John Goodman will be juggling two TV shows of next year. The star has been tapped to co-star alongside comedian Danny McBride for the HBO pilot “The Just Gems.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, McBride made of the comedy and the writing of the pilot script as well as executive produce, direct and star. He previously worked with the premiere of the cable on the comedy “Vice Principals” and “Eastbound & Down.”

The show will have a religious undertone, aimed at a world-famous televangelist family who let fame allow them to stray from the path of righteousness. Goodman will star as Eli Gemstone, the patriarch of the family. He is described by the outlet as “an uncompromising force in the ministry game.”

Danny McBride will helm a new HBO series.


In the style of many Televangelists, Goodman’s character will be known worldwide for its aggressive techniques and weekly award-winning program. Even though he has a no-nonsense family leader, his time in the spotlight is coming to an end, leaving the door open for McBride’s character, Jesse Gemstone, to position itself for an acquisition.

During such a show is par for the course for Him, and his years of collaboration with the HBO, it comes at a surprising time for Goodman. As previously reported, Goodman will be a part of the upcoming ABC spin-off “Roseanne” for the moment, the title “The Conners.”

The series got an unexpected green light at ABC after it abruptly cancelled Season 2 of “Roseanne” revival after the title and the star, Roseanne Barr, tweeted something racist aimed at former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. The 65-year-old star was fired and it was announced that they would not benefit creative, nor financialy of the spin-off, which

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