Harley Quinn remains on HBO Max, with a new manager.
HBO Max has renewed the (very) adult DC animated series for a fourth season, just weeks before the September 15 season three finale. The series will also have a new showrunner in season four: Sarah Peters, who has written for Harley Quinn throughout its run and is currently a consulting producer, will serve as executive producer and executive producer, taking over for Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.
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“Patrick Shumaker, Justin Halpern, and their incredible team of artists and writers have created something so explosively funny and original, and we’re thrilled to continue this journey with them and the show’s legion of fans,” said Billy Wee, senior vice president comedy and animation. on HBO Max. “It’s been amazing to watch the show grow and evolve this season, and we couldn’t have asked for a more talented and dedicated team of collaborators.”
Added Peter Girardi, executive vice president of alternative programming at producer Warner Bros. Animation: “Three seasons later and I can’t even begin to think about the new levels of chaos and trouble Harley, Ivy and the gang can face with a fourth season. But I’m grateful to our partners at HBO Max for continuing this crazy ride with us so we can all find out.”
Its third season Harley Quinn followed Harley (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) as they return to Gotham as the new power couple of DC villains. “Harlivy” strives to become the best version of themselves while also working towards Ivy’s long-desired plan to transform Gotham into an Edenic paradise.
The cast also includes Ron Funches, JB Smoove, Alan Tudyk, Matt Oberg, Christopher Meloni, Andy Daly, Diedrich Bader, James Adomian, Sanaa Lathan, Briana Cuoco and Harvey Guillen.
Peters has written several episodes of the series. Her other writing and producing works include; Awkafina Is Nora From Queens, Master of None, Workaholics and Nathan for you.
“We are ecstatic that HBO Max wants Harley and Ivy’s story to continue,” Halpern and Shumaker said in a statement. “And we’re just as excited that this next season will be in great hands with Sarah Peters as our showrunner and Ceci Aranovich overseeing the animation production, both of whom have greatly influenced the show with their brilliance since the beginning.”
The renewal for Harley Quinn comes as HBO Max’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery has stopped (the Bat girl feature film) or remove titles from the streamer (incl Infinity Trainabout 200 Sesame Street episodes and a host of others) as it looks to cut costs after the Discovery-WarnerMedia merger. HBO Max laid off 70 employees earlier this month and is cutting back on kids and family programming, though adult cartoons seem safe for now.
Halpern and Schumacher developed Harley Quinn with Dean Lorey. Executive producers for the third season are Halpern, Schumacker, Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Jessica Goldstein and Chrissy Pietrosh.
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