What to expect from HBO's new comedy series Vice Principals

Jul 4, 2016
Vice Principals will debut on July 18, the same time as the U.S. exclusively on HBO.

When the principal of a high school retires, his two vice principals go to extremes to land the vacant job.

This hilarious power play is at the core of HBO's upcoming comedy series.

Titled Vice Principals, this brand-new HBO Original comedy series tells the story of North Jackson High School and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals.

It kicks off its nine-episode first season in Asia on Monday, July 18, at 10:30 AM, with same day primetime encore at 10:30 PM, exclusively on HBO. New episodes debut every Monday on HBO at the same time after Ballers. The series will also be available on HBO GO (where available).

The pilot episode titled “The Principal” premieres Monday, July 18, at 10:30 AM on HBO. Other HBO playdates: July 18 (10:30 PM) and July 21 (11:50 PM).

When the long-time principal of a suburban high school steps down, ambitious vice principals Neal Gamby and Lee Russell both set their sights on the vacated top spot: only to see new rival Dr. Belinda Brown enter the picture.

Putting their mutual disdain aside, these bitter antagonists form an unholy alliance to bring down the outsider by any means necessary.

Danny R. McBride (who co-created the show with Jody Hill) and Walton Goggins (Emmy nominee for The Hateful Eight) star as the school administrators, who are in an epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal.

Joining McBride and Hill as executive producer and director is long-time collaborator, David Gordon Green.

Told over the course of a single school year, the first season of Vice Principals takes place during the fall, with the second season to cover the spring term.

“Finally, a tale of the unsung hero in every child’s education,” says McBride. “No one will look at high school administrators the same again.”

“Knowing that Danny and Jody were going to be bringing Neal Gamby and Lee Russell into the world made retiring Kenny Powers a little bit easier,” observes Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming. “Nobody else creates characters like these two. We are so proud that HBO is their home and we can’t wait for everyone to see their take on high school.”

In addition to McBride (Neal Gamby) and Goggins (Lee Russell), Vice Principals also stars Kimberly Hbert Gregory as Dr. Belinda Brown; Georgia King as English teacher Amanda Snodgrass; Busy Phillips as Gale, Gamby’s hot, trashy ex-wife; Shea Whigham as Ray, Gale’s nice-guy new husband; and Sheaun McKinney as cafeteria worker, Dayshawn.

Guest stars on the first season include Bill Murray (Oscar nominee for Lost in Translation) as outgoing Principal Welles; Susan Park (Fargo) as Christine, Russell’s wife; and Maya Love as Janelle, Gamby’s daughter.

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