HBO Sets a January 2017 Premiere for ‘The Young Pope’

Young Pope stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton and Jude Law star in ‘The Young Pope’ (Photo by Gianni Fiorito/HBO)

HBO will add the new dramatic series The Young Pope to their primetime lineup beginning on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The limited series will air on Sundays and Mondays at 9pm ET/PT through its 10 one-hour episodes run. Oscar nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain) stars in the title role of the limited drama, with Oscar winner Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) co-starring as an American nun named Sister Mary who lives in Vatican City. The cast also features Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell.


Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Youth) directed all 10 episodes of The Young Pope.

The Plot: The Young Pope tells the story of Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceptive – above all, in the place where people have chosen the great mystery of God as the compass guiding their existence. That place is the Vatican and those people are the leaders of the Church. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. Shrewd and naïve, ironic and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself.