HBO must really like “The Brink.” The premium network only ordered a pilot for the comedy, written by former “Weeds” executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, back in September. Today Deadline reports that it’s been given a series order.
Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber star in the dark comedy as a Foreign Service officer, the U.S. Secretary of State and Navy fighter pilot who are caught up in a geopolitical crisis and must try and save the planet from World War III.
Jay Roach, who directed the HBO movies “Game Change” and “Recount,” helmed the pilot, and is executive producing alongside Roberto Benabib and Jerry Weintraub, with Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive producing. “The Brink” will be Black’s first regular TV role since the “Tenacious D,” which ran irregularly on HBO.
Robbins, who recently appeared in IFC miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon,” has also stepped behind the camera for another HBO series, “Treme,” for which he directed two episodes. Schreiber comes off a memorable turn as Pornstache on “Orange is the New Black” and a regular role on the canceled “Ironside.”