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Jay Roach may be best known on the big screen for broad comedies such as the “Austin Powers” and “Meet the Fockers” franchises, but on television in recent years he’s carved out quite a career making serious-minded political hits for HBO, including the Emmy-winning “Game Change” and “Recount.” Now, Roach is making the jump from HBO movies to HBO series as executive producer (and pilot director) of “The Brink,” a comedic political satire from creators Roberto and Kim Benabib.
The new series starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins focuses on top U.S. government and military officials as they scramble to prevent World War III from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis. The teaser trailer above promises everything from digs at drone warfare and the War on Terror to a tied-up, butt-naked Robbins as a filthy Secretary of State.
Can “The Brink” soar to the heights of HBO’s other political satire “Veep”? We’ll find out when the comedy series premieres June 21 after the second season debut of “True Detective.”