Though it’s been two years since season 1 of The Righteous Gemstones came to an end, the HBO crime dramedy is far from over.
Created by Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones follows the Gemstones, a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work. The empire is run by the cutthroat and competent Eli Gemstone (John Goodman), joined by his three less-than-impressive adult children Jesse (McBride), Judy (Edi Patterson), and Kelvin (Adam Devine).
The Righteous Gemstones was renewed for season 2 back in September 2019, but production came to a halt in March 2020 after only one day of shooting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming on the show’s sophomore run resumed last April, and in a recent interview, executive producer David Gordon Green confirmed that they had just completed the principal photography for the second season.
“Well, we just wrapped last week,” Green told Collider. “I got off the phone with Danny this morning, because he’s entering the edit room on the final couple of episodes, but we’re in great shape for…I don’t want to say when it’s released because I think it’s changed a couple of times. I’m not exactly sure what the latest is, but it’s massive. It is an epic half-hour comedy unlike the world has seen.”
When asked if he sees The Righteous Gemstones as something that could last for a number of years, Green casually revealed that HBO has actually renewed the series for season 3.
“It’s definitely Danny’s brainchild and I’d leave that to him,” Green said of the show’s fate. “But we’ve been picked up for a third and they want us to do another one. So we’re cooking on ideas for that right now. It is so sprawling and epic with its ensemble. The shows we’ve done in the past are more or less on Danny’s character shoulders. Here there’s a lot more than just that. That’s a great attribute of it, but it’s, it’s pretty expansive.”
Regardless of how long The Righteous Gemstones will run, Green thinks the show will never be mediocre.
“Like everything, I think our ambition, we always get into things. And once we realized how difficult it is, we think, why are we doing this? Then we realized it’s because we can’t ignore the opportunity of imagination,” Green said of how the show’s creative team operate. “There’s so many shows that I think find that comfort zone. This is our formula. This is our budget, and this is the story, and these are the characters and this is how it works. And we get to go home and have a normal life. We’re just not that. We’re just too crazy for that. So the second we get comfortable, we think what’s next? What’s bigger? What’s badder? What’s crazier? What’s unexpected?”
The Righteous Gemstones season 2 doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but it is reportedly scheduled to premiere this winter.