While the premise of distant generations of comedy coming together as a sitcom has been tried before with the likes of The Comedians (Billy Crystal and Josh Gad), Late Night (Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling) and the ill-fated Mulaney (Martin Short and John Mulaney, the latest attempt at it seems like it may succeed where these others have perhaps come up short.
Hacks, from the minds of Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, brings together pioneering comedian and “Queen of Vegas” Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and a feisty, whipsmart up-and-comer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) who is tasked with writing jokes for her and making her relevant. The trailer, which just got posted today, promises something very biting and, especially if you just watched Hysterical on FX or Hulu, rings true to women’s journey in trying to make it in comedy both in yesteryear and right at this very moment. Also, we have a sneaking suspicion that Smart and Einbinder have hilariously fiery chemistry, which ought to make Hacks the latest thing to binge watch.
See for yourself here, then look for Hacks on HBO Max, starting May 13th.