Three years ago, HBO debuted a controversial miniseries called The Young Pope, made in conjunction with British TV’s Sky Atlantic and French TV’s Canal+. Now the follow-up miniseries called The New Pope is premiering Monday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
If you don’t have cable, you can watch episodes of The New Pope live or on-demand on your computer, phone, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following live-TV streaming services:
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If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber or you want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all live and on-demand HBO content via the HBO Amazon Channel, which comes with a seven-day free trial:
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the HBO channel, you can then watch The New Pope either live as it airs or on-demand anytime after.
For either option, you can watch on your computer via the Amazon website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel packages. The two cheapest bundles (“Plus” and “Max”) both come included with HBO and a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch The New Pope live as it airs, or you can watch it on-demand anytime after.
You can watch on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
Whether you already have Hulu or you want to sign up for a new subscription, HBO is available as an add-on to either Hulu or Hulu with Live TV:
Once signed up for Hulu and the HBO add-on, you can watch The New Pope live as it airs, or you can watch it on-demand anytime after.
You can watch on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (on-demand only), Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
‘The New Pope’ Preview
This Young Pope sequel will continue to dive into the inner workings of the Vatican, exploring the very human desires and vices of those in power within the Catholic church. Jude Law is returning, though when the series picks up, his character, Lenna Belardo/Pope Pius XIII, is in a coma.
Following a mysterious turn of events, Secretary of State Voiello (Silvio Orlando), who was quite the puppetmaster of the first miniseries, succeeds in putting Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich) on the papal throne under the name John Paul III. Sir John is a charming English aristocrat, but he and Voiello quickly realize it will be much harder than they thought to replace Pius XIII.
Belardo has become something of a saint within the faith as he hovers between life and death in the hospital. Meanwhile, the Church is under attack from several external threats and scandals.
Returning actors, in addition to Orlando and Law, include Javier Camara as Cardinal Gutierrez, Cecile de France as Sofia, Ludivine Sagnier as Esther, and Maurizio Lombardi as Cardinal Assente. New to the series are Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir, and Massimo Ghini. Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson are set to guest star.
Series creator Paolo Sorrentino tells the New York Times that the character of Brannox was actually based on Malkovich the actor, so he’s perfect for the role.
“John is elegant, suave and ironic, at once light and profound. He gives importance to things. But if those things didn’t exist, he could easily do without them,” said Sorrentino, adding, “All these features seemed perfect for the character, so I stole them.”
For Malkovich’s part, he says he’d love to hear what Catholics think of the series.
“I don’t know how the believers regard it, although I’d be interested to hear. I didn’t really talk to any Vatican figures, but I mean … Jude Law playing the pope? I think it’s safe to assume that viewership at the Vatican was pretty high. A lot of people like to watch things about their world and what they do.”
The New Pope premieres Monday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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