HBO’s upcoming “Vice Principals” pairs comedy staple Danny McBride with fan-favorite “Justified” villain Walton Goggins in a dark comedy about high school administrators. Created by McBride and Jody Hill, the series tells the story of two vice principals who attempt to take over their school after the departure of the principal (played by Bill Murray). When a new principal steps in and quashes their delusions of grandeur, an epic power struggle begins within the administration.
IndieWire spoke to director David Gordon Green after “Vice Principals” aired at SXSW, discovering that the first two seasons of the show have already been completed. “Typically in television, for the most part it’s like here’s Episode 1, 2, 3. You shoot in order, so if you have a great idea in Episode 3 that affects Episode 7, you’re not screwed, you know?” Green said. “I do love that about it. It is a chance for not only a story to live and breathe but the characters to expand. You cater to the strengths of the show and are able to challenge the audience a little bit more and not adhere necessarily to the concept or the narrative that we’d established.”
HBO has ordered 18 episodes of the series, which will air over the course of two seasons. “Vice Principals” premieres on HBO on July 17 at 10:30pm ET.
Check out the new trailer, as well as the official poster, below.