HBO's Watchmen TV Show Premiere Date Confirmed

HBO's dark superhero show arrives in October.


Watchmen is one of the fall's most anticipated shows. The HBO series is based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic graphic novel, which was published by DC in 1986, and the showrunner is Lost co-creator Damon Lindleof. The show's premiere date has now been announced.

HBO has confirmed that Episode 1 of Watchmen will screen on Sunday, October 20. The news was revealed in a tweet that uses the comic's distinctive Doomsday Clock, which shows how far the world is from destruction, and the words "everything begins." Check it out below:

Watchmen stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. While many of the roles are currently under-wraps, but we do know that King will play the show's lead, a superhero character called Angela Abar, while Irons will play the villainous Adrian Veidt (aka Ozymandias). Check out the Watchmen trailer here.

Lindelof is best known for co-creating Lost with J.J. Abrams, as well as showrunning the acclaimed The Leftovers and writing the scripts for movies such as Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus. In 2017, he explained that Watchmen is not an adaptation of the comic book, but a continuation of its story and themes.

"Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted," Lindelof said. "They will however be remixed. We are not making a 'sequel' either. This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original."

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