Pool-bound dolphins? Matching couple microchips? Shotguns? Ray Romano hanging out with a sex doll? HBO Max has just dropped the first trailer, key art, and premiere date for its upcoming original series, Made for Love. One look at that two-minute video is all that you need to know that, starting April 1, you’re going to be in for a wild ride.
Based on the novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, Made for Love follows Hazel Green’s (Cristin Milioti) journey of begrudging self discovery in a tech-obsessed world. Ten years ago Hazel agreed to marry the eccentric tech billionaire Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), founder and CEO of Gogol Industries. For 10 whole years she put up with his bizarre and controlling whims, refusing to eat real meals, allowing everything down to her orgasms to be monitored, and never once leaving the his camera and sensor-filled home. That is until Hazel reaches her breaking point. When Hazel learns that Byron has inserted a tracking device in her mind in an attempt to fuse them into one consciousness, Hazel finally puts her foot down and flees to find her father (Ray Romano).
Just based on Milioti’s expression in the first-look poster, this new show promises to be a lot:
Already there’s a lot going on in showrunner Christina Lee’s dramedy. But underneath the ever-growing pile of questionable decisions and shocking tech innovations is a cynically twisted story about love, divorce, and having the courage to finally find oneself. It’s also a vehicle that will allow Cristin Milioti to shine. For years now Milioti has been one of those actors who has made every project she’s been in better, and yet is somehow criminally underutilized. After her success in Hulu’s Palm Springs, Made for Love may help to cement her as the tour de force she so clearly is.
In addition to Milioti, Magnussen, and Romano, Made for Love stars Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera, and Caleb Foote. Lee and Nutting serve as executive producers along with Patrick Somerville, Dean Bakopoulos, Liza Chasin, and SJ Clarkson as well as Stephanie Laing, who serves as director and co-EP.
And it’s all coming exclusively to HBO Max. Starting on Thursday, April 1, three episodes of Made for Love will premiere on the streaming service. It will then be followed by three more episodes on April 8 before concluding with two episodes on April 15. So yeah. In case you feel bad about your life, just thank whatever god you believe in that your partner isn’t trying to brainwash you and that your dad hasn’t started romancing a sex doll. Check out the trailer above for your first look at this wild show.