Euphoria is an American adaptation of an Israeli show of the same name, and all episodes are written by Sam Levinson (Assassination Nation), who also serves as executive producer. The series is produced in partnership with A24 (Lady Bird, Random Acts of Flyness, 2 Dope Queens, Pod Save America). Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, who created the Israeli series, are also executive producers.
On October 19, 2020 HBO announced that Euphoria will return for two special episodes that are intended to bridge the gap between its successful first and second season. The series first special episode premiered on December 6, 2020 and had an early streaming premiere on HBO Max December 4 and 3, 2020. The second episode premiered on January 24, 2020 and had an early streaming premiere on HBO Max on January 22, 2021.
Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media.
- On June 1, 2017, it was announced that HBO was developing an adaptation of the 2012 Israeli television series Euphoria created by Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, and Tmira Yardeni. The production was expected to be written by Sam Levinson who was also set to executive produce alongside Leshem, Levin, Yardeni, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi, and Gary Lennon.
On March 13, 2018, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys announced at the INTV conference in Jerusalem that the network had given the production a pilot order. It was further announced that A24 Television would serve as a production company for the pilot.
On March 27, 2018, it was announced that Augustine Frizzell would direct the pilot episode and serve as co-executive producer. On July 30, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order. It was further announced that every episode of the series will be written by Levinson, additional executive producers are to include Drake, Future the Prince, Ravi Nandan, and Kevin Turen, and that production companies involved with the production are slated to include A24 Television.
- On June 5, 2018, it was announced that the pilot would star Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Brian Bradley, Eric Dane, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Hunter Schafer, and Sydney Sweeney. On October 31, 2018, it was reported that Algee Smith had been cast to replace Brian "Astro" Bradley in the series regular role of McKay, which Bradley had played in the pilot episode. It was further reported that Austin Abrams had also been cast in the series.
- The series premiere night has already delivered more than 5.5 million viewers across HBO’s platforms.
- Euphoria ranks as youngest-skewing drama series on HBO’s digital platforms.
- Just days into preparing episodes for its second season, Euphoria was among the many shows where production was halted in March as a safety precaution.
- Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, told guest host Ben Platt the producers are working on a bridge episode that can be done with a limited crew. While they figure out how to return to shoot the rest of season 2.
- For the second season they had already done table reads, wardrobe fittings and all kinds of things and they got shut down, literally two days before they were about to start the first day of shooting.
- Euphoria won three total Emmys last month: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Contemporary Makeup and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
- Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.
- Zendaya said on her social media accounts today that she and co-star Hunter Schafer are set to appear in both episodes.
- The first special episode debuted Sunday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and had an early streaming premiere on HBO Max on Friday, December 4 at 12:00 a.m. ET/Thursday, December 3 at 9:00 p.m. PT.
- The episode was the #1 most social program on premium cable throughout the weekend is came out (Nielsen Social).
- The second special episode will debut Sunday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. It will have an early streaming premiere on HBO Max on Friday, January 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
- During an interview on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, Levinson confirmed the plan is to start filming the second season in late March and start rollout on completed episodes on HBO before the end of December.
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