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Lovecraft Country is a drama horror television series based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name. It premiered on HBO on August 16, 2020.

On September 1, 2020 HBO has announced Lovecraft Country: Sanctum, a series of exclusive virtual reality events transporting invited guests into a world inspired by the show. The series aired Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.

On February 3, 2021 the series was nominated for Best Drama Series for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards.[1] July 13, 2021, the series was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards including 17 nominees.[2]

On July 2, 2021, HBO announced that the series would not be returning for a second season.[3]


Lovecraft Country follows "Atticus Freeman as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback."

the TV series, explores the connection between H.P. Lovecraft’s horror stories and racism during the Jim Crow era of the United States.








  • HBO Has set the premiere of its drama series Lovecraft Country for 9 p.m. Sunday, August 16.[12]
  • Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is teaming with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television on Lovecraft Country.[13]
  • Peele will be executive produce along with Misha Green, J.J. Abramsand Ben Stephenson.[13]
    • The pilot will be written by Misha Green and she also serves as showrunner.[13]
    • David Knoller will also executive produce.[14] He executive producer on Episode 1.[12]
    • Yann Demangeis set to direct and executive produce the first episode.[15]
    • Daniel Sackheim will also executive produce and direct.[9] He directed Episodes 2 and 3.[12]
    • Bill Carraro will also executive produce.[11]
  • Lovecraft Country is produced by Bad Robot Productions and Monkeypaw Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.[14]
  • Lovecraft Country is filmed in Georgia.[16]
    • The series will be based in Atlanta but that it will shoot throughout the Peach State.[16]
    • Abbey Lee replaced Elizabeth Debicki, who was originally cast in the role.[9]
  • Per HBO, the “Lovecraft Country” debut tallied 1.4 million total viewers across all platforms including HBO Max.[17]
    • “Lovecraft Country” premiered to 760,000 total viewers in its 9 p.m. linear slot on the premium cabler.[17]
    • On HBO Max it was the number 1 most watched show on Sunday night.[17]
    • Looking at digital only, the “Lovecraft” debut delivered the second largest total for an HBO premiere since “Watchmen” and the “Chernobyl” premiere back in spring 2019.[17]
  • Misha Green had a specific vision in mind for the creatues/beasts and turned to Oscar-award winning creative studio Framestore as a creative partner in reimagining these monsters.[18]
  • On November 19, 2020 it was announced that Lovecraft Country was leader on the series side at Critics Choice Super Awards. The series chalked up six nominations including best horror series, best actor in a horror series for Jonathan Majors, best actor in a horror series for Michael K. Williams, best actress in a horror series for Wunmi Mosaku, best actress in a horror series for Jurnee Smollett, and best villain in a series for Abbey Lee.[19]
    • On January 10, 2021 the series won Critics Choice Super Awards for best horror series.[20]
    • Jurnee Smollett-Bell won the Critics Choice Super Awards for best actress in a horror series.[20]
  • On January 18, 2021, Lovecraft Country earned five nominations for the 26th Annual Critics' Choice Awards.[21]
  • On February 2, 2021, Lovecraft Country earned eight nominations for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards.[22]
  • Matt Ruff, author of the Lovecraft Country novel, initially conceived the story to be a potential TV series in 2007, pitching it as "The X-Files, if Mulder and Scully were black travel writers living in the Jim Crow era." When the idea wasn't fully realized, Ruff decided to rework the concept as a novel. He came up with the idea of structuring it as an episodic novel, which he described as "basically a TV season in literary form, that you would binge-read instead of binge-watching, and whose individual episodes would gradually be revealed to all be pieces of the same arc story." In doing so, Ruff hoped that the novel would also serve as a proof of concept for a possible TV series.[23]


On May 16, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given a series order to Lovecraft Country. Executive producers include Misha Green, Jordan Peele, J. J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. Additionally, Green will be the series' showrunner and write the pilot episode. Production companies involved in the series include Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television. It was reported that Peele originally brought the project to Bad Robot Productions and enlisted Green to develop the show.

On March 5, 2018, it was announced that Yann Demange will direct and executive produce the pilot episode.[15]




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  1. Golden Globes Nominations: Netflix Dominates With 42 Film & TV Noms, Led By ‘Mank’ And ‘The Crown’ – The Full List
  2. Emmys: ‘Lovecraft Country,’ ‘Pose’ Lead Departed Series With Nominations
  3. ‘Lovecraft Country’ Not Returning For Season 2 On HBO
  4. ‘Lovecraft Country’: Jonathan Majors To Star In HBO Series From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams
  5. ‘Lovecraft Country’: Jurnee Smollett-Bell To Star In HBO Series From Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams & Misha Green
  6. ‘Lovecraft Country’: Wunmi Mosaku Cast In HBO Series From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams
  7. 7.0 7.1 ‘Lovecraft Country’: Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis & Elizabeth Debicki Join HBO Drama Series
  8. - ‘Lovecraft Country’: Michael Kenneth Williams Cast In HBO Series From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 ‘Lovecraft Country’: Abbey Lee Joins In Recasting, Daniel Sackheim Set As EP/Director, Jamie Chung & Jordan Patrick Smith To Recur On HBO Series
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 ‘Lovecraft Country’: Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel & Mac Brandt To Recur On HBO Series
  11. 11.0 11.1 ‘Lovecraft Country’: Tony Goldwyn Joins Cast Of HBO Series
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 ‘Lovecraft Country’: Premiere Date Set For HBO’s Drama About Jim Crow America
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 ‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele Teams With WBTV, HBO & Bad Robot For ‘Lovecraft Country’ Drama Series; Misha Green Writing
  14. 14.0 14.1 ‘Lovecraft Country’: Jurnee Smollett-Bell To Star In HBO Series From Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams & Misha Green
  15. 15.0 15.1 ‘Lovecraft Country’: Yann Demange To Direct HBO Series From Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams
  16. 16.0 16.1 J.J. Abrams & Jordan Peele Will Shoot HBO Drama ‘Lovecraft Country’ In Georgia But Donate Profits To Fight “Heartbeat” Law
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 TV Ratings: ‘Lovecraft Country’ Premieres to Decent Numbers on HBO
  18. Meet the Shoggoths of “Lovecraft Country”: The VFX Behind HBO’s New Monsters
  19. ‘Palm Springs’, ‘Lovecraft Country’ Top Movie And Series Nominations For Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards; Netflix Lands 35 Nods
  20. 20.0 20.1 Critics Choice Super Awards Full Winners List
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 Critics Choice Awards TV Nominations: ‘Ozark’, ‘The Crown’ & Netflix Lead
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7 22.8 NAACP Image Awards Nominations: Netflix Tops List With ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ & ‘Da 5 Bloods’
  23. Goodreads Q&A with Matt Ruff