If there’s one concordant TV series that I can guarantee will make anyone laugh, that show would be “The Righteous Gemstones”. Hailing from “Eastbound & Down” architect Danny McBride, the HBO series taps into the religious sphere to tell a fictional story about a family who created a multimedia empire through televangelism. A comedic and often accurate reflection of real-life televangelists, “The Righteous Gemstones” features McBride in the lead role alongside an all-star cast including John Goodman, Adam Devine and the never-not-funny Edi Patterson. Thankfully, the half-hour adult comedy won’t be leaving audiences anytime soon.
In the show’s second outing, “The Righteous Gemstones” was renewed for a third season. The HBO series has captured the hearts of those familiar with McBride’s previous work, while appealing to a whole new generation of viewers well-suited to his brand of humor. It’s not often that a show can produce consistent laughs and tell a compelling story about family, but “The Righteous Gemstones” never fails to do so. Season 3 will feature some new faces and attempt to up the ante after delivering a shocking and twisty second season that carried a surprising amount of dramatic weight. And, thankfully, we won’t have to wait as long as we did last time.
When and Where to Watch The Righteous Gemstones Season 3
Unfortunately, there is currently no official release date for the third season of “The Righteous Gemstones”. However, if we had to guess, a 2023 release window should be in the cards. Principal photography was ongoing through the summer and into the fall of 2022, which lends credence to our speculations. In the past, the first season started in August 2019 while the second season started in January 2022. Judging from the fact that we still don’t have a release date, it wouldn’t be a shock if the season 3 of “The Righteous Gemstones” begins in the second half of the year.
As with previous seasons, “The Righteous Gemstones” will premiere on HBO and air on HBO Max, presumably on Sundays. Even with all the upheaval happening at Warner Bros. Discovery, “The Righteous Gemstones” continues to be a must-have entry in HBO’s prestigious catalog. Additionally, there is no indication that production was delayed as it was during the height of the pandemic. That means we should get subsequent seasons faster than usual and see the sprawling story reach its natural conclusion at some point.
What will season 3 be about?
While there’s no official synopsis yet for “The Righteous Gemstones” Season 3, there’s enough speculation about when we last saw the titular family. In fact, maybe a little too much. The previous season featured gunmen, betrayals, murders, accidental murder, violent pasts and lots of envious televangelists. Of course, this season’s overarching narrative ended (the Lissons got their just deserts at the very end of the finale). But a few things set up an even more explosive season, including the fact that the Gemstones are now the sole owners of the Zion’s Landing project, a Christian timeshare resort and the latest addition to the Gemstone empire.
While there have been quite a few reconciliations between family members and old friends, you never know what might come back to bite the gems. The ever-problematic family continues to forge ahead in the world, and it’s only a matter of time before someone manages to take it all down. At least, that’s how these things usually go. The Gems only narrowly brushed against fate when investigative reporter Thaniel Block (Jason Schwartzman) accidentally kills himself before blowing up their entire operation.
Until then, there is still much to unpack from the Gemstone lineage. “The Righteous Gemstones” is meant to be an epic tale spanning generations, the series creator revealed to Polygon during season one:
“This one, I’ve set it to be longer than anything we’ve done before. If I had my way, when it’s done, it’s like this sprawling epic tale, like the goddamn “Thorn Birds” or something. You will know everyone in this family, cousins, great-uncles, all these people. In my eyes, this season is chapter one.“
The Righteous Gemstones Season 3 Cast and Crew
Despite a few death scares in the final season, “The Righteous Gemstones” will feature the return of our favorite televangelist family – Jesse Gemstone (Danny McBride), Dr. Eli Gemstone (John Goodman), Kelvin Gemstone (Adam Devine), Judy Gemstone (Edi Patterson) and Amber Gemstone (Cassidy Freeman). We’re also waiting (and hoping) for the typical supporting cast to return as well, especially Walton Goggins as “Baby” Billy Freeman. Meanwhile, several new cast members promise to shake up Gemstone’s status quo.
Steve Zahn, fresh off his Emmy nomination for “The White Lotus,” has joined the cast of “The Righteous Gemstones” as Peter, a militia leader. No plot details on that, but the brief character description is already promising. “3rd Rock from the Sun” star Kristen Johnston will play May-May Montgomery, a mysterious character who shares a past with the Gemstones family. No further information on their involvement in the overall narrative, but the latest additions to the cast are exciting to say the least. Previously, “The Righteous Gemstones” assembled an all-star supporting cast for the second season.
Behind the scenes, “The Righteous Gemstones” creator Danny McBride continues to serve as executive producer and director, alongside Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. McBride shares writing credits with several writers, including series star Edi Patterson. A consistent backcourt is usually a sign of a long-running series, just hope the network keeps seeing what we’re up to each week when it airs. The third season of “The Righteous Gemstones” will premiere in 2023 on HBO and HBO Max.