Remember The Nevers? The sci-fi steampunk HBO series created by Joss Whedon, who ultimately exited his own show after he was pressured to do so because of revelations that came out of the Ray Fisher/DCU investigation. It was a mess, sometimes a complicated mess, but a very fine mess. Truthfully, Whedon’s association notwithstanding, the series grew on me, and by the end, I was invested.
And then part 1 of season 1 ended, and that was the last we heard of it. Poof. Because of COVID, and a change of showrunners, HBO ended up breaking the first season into two parts, but how often does the second half of a season air more than a year after the first half? HBO hasn’t talked about it. There were reports that production on the second half began last summer, but it’s otherwise been a surprisingly quiet limbo.
Is The Nevers going to be one of those series — like the second season of Avenue 5 (which returned this week, by the way) — that HBO will basically burn off with little promotion? Because, for all its problems, it feels like The Nevers could have a compelling future, especially with a new showrunner.
The good news is: We should be seeing new episodes of The Nevers soon. Laura Donnelly — who has the very Whedoneseque name of Amalia True on the series — gave an interview with Den of Geek and revealed that new episodes will air on HBO in December, although she is uncertain about the future of the series beyond that.
The December premiere date memo is apparently not gone out to the rest of the world, but she’s the star of the series, so she’d probably know. It also lines up right with the HBO schedule: White Lotus will kick off its six-episode second season on October 30th and should conclude on December 6th, meaning The Nevers is likely to fall next in line on December 13th. If you haven’t watched the first six episodes, now may be a good time to catch up.