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YOUNG POPE, THE
Air Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on HBO
Episode Title: (#01/101) "First Episode"
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Episode #1: "First Episode"

Debut date: SUNDAY, JAN. 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 15 (10:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 16 (8:00 p.m.), 18 (10:35 p.m.), 19 (6:30 p.m.), 20 (11:00 p.m.) and 21 (4:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 17 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (3:00 p.m.)

Newly elected Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law), a.k.a. Lenny Belardo, defies expectations as he settles in at the Vatican to begin his reign. The youngest and first American pope in history, Lenny's ascension was orchestrated by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando), who mistakenly believed the young pope would follow his lead on policy and protocol. Instead, Lenny shuns Voiello and tasks his confessor, Don Tommaso (Marcello Romolo), to share details on the private thoughts and motives of those in his inner circle.

Meanwhile, as Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell), Lenny's onetime mentor, stews about being passed over as pontiff, the new pope flies in Sister Mary (Diane Keaton), who raised him since he was delivered to an orphanage at seven, to serve as his chief advisor. While Sister Mary urges Lenny to put aside dark memories and focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows no inclination towards making himself available, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

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YOUNG POPE, THE (HBO)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/15/17 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (10 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its first season on 2/13/17; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION:
(from HBO's press release, January 2017) THE YOUNG POPE: This ten-episode limited series tells the story of the beginning of Pius XIII's pontificate. Born Lenny Belardo, he is shrewd and naïve, ironic and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless. The first American pope in history, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself. Jude Law stars in the title role; Diane Keaton stars as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City. A joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal +; Paolo Sorrentino directs. Debuts Jan. 15.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Cécile de France as Sofia Dubois
· Diane Keaton as Sister Mary
· James Cromwell as Cardinal Michael Spencer
· Javier Cámara as Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez
· Jude Law as Lenny Belardo/Pius XIII
· Ludivine Sagnier as Ester Aubry
· Scott Shepherd as Cardinal Andrew Dussolier
· Silvio Orlando as Cardinal Angelo Voiello
· Toni Bertorelli as Cardinal Caltanissetta
CREW INFORMATION:
· John Lyons as EP
· Lorenzo Mieli as EP
· Mario Gianani as EP
· Paolo Sorrentino as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Haut et Court TV
· MEDIAPRO
· Wildside