Pennyworth: HBO Max and Epix May Share DC Comics Drama


Discussions between WarnerMedia, the show’s owner, and the premium cable network supported by MGM are underway for a potential third season of the Bruno Heller series.

Pennyworth may have not one but two homes when (and if) she returns for a third season.

Bruno Heller’s drama about Batman’s Butler debut could end up being split between Epix, the MGM-backed premium cable network that hosted the show for its first two seasons, and HBO Max, the streaming brother of Pennyworth Warner Bros. studio Television.

Sources say Epix and HBO Max will likely end up sharing Pennyworth, with the streamer opening the first window of season three. Epix would air the Jack Bannon star’s third season at a later date. HBO Max would be home for the first two seasons of Pennyworth, Epix also having the right to broadcast rehearsals of the drama about the former British SAS soldier who goes to work for a young billionaire named Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge).

Representatives for Epix, Warners and HBO Max declined to comment because a deal has yet to be reached.

Sources claim that Epix executives have yet to make a decision on the future of Pennyworth, which wrapped up its 10-episode second season on April 11, when executives at HBO Max offered to reprise the series as an original.

Epix, under President Michael Wright, developed its originals business with Godfather of Harlem, bridge and tunnel, Belgravia, Importing the audience network Condor and Stephen King entrance Chapelwaite. Wright, who recently added MGM TV surveillance to his tenure, has released a number of script originals from both MGM TV and outside studios.

If a deal were made who would see Pennyworth getting a second linear window on Epix, the premium cable network would likely pay a reduced license fee for the series, which would help free up funds for other originals as Wright continues to build the cable maker roster.
HBO Max, meanwhile, would bring another DC Comics-inspired drama to its platform. The streamer, who is a year old this month, has an inflated list of DC originals from mega-producers JJ Abrams (Justice League Dark), Greg Berlanti (The Green Lantern) and Matt Reeves (The batman spin-off) and James Gunn (Suicide Squad branching out Peacemaker). The platform also hosts DC Universe imports Harley Quinn, Titans and Fate Patrol and has a second window for The CW’s DC fare Batwoman and Superman and Lois.

Deadline was the first to report news Pennyworth could become an HBO Max original.


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