Nevers got off to a good start for HBO. The Sunday night premiere of the Victorian sci-fi limited drama series drew just over 1.4 million viewers across linear and digital shows, including Best Start for a new HBO Original on HBO Max, according to the premium cabler. The first episode topped viewership for premieres of recent HBO dramas including Lovecraft Country and Cancellation, and viewership is expected to grow through additional broadcasts and viewing on all platforms, HBO said.
With Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly, Nevers takes place in August 1896, the last years of Victoria’s reign, when London is brought back to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives some people – mostly women – abnormal abilities, from the wonderful to the disturbing. But no matter what their particular “tricks”, all who belong to this new lower class are in grave danger. It is incumbent on the mysterious widow Amalia True (Donnelly) and the brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans”. To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their species.
The cast of the set also includes Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson, Amy Manson, Pip Torrens, Denis O’Hare, Zackary Momoh, Elizabeth Berrington, Kiran Sawar, Anna Devlin, Viola Prettejohn, Ella Smith, Nick Frost and Ben Chaplin.
Nevers is created and produced by Joss Whedon; executive produced by Bernadette Caulfield, Ilene S. Landress, Doug Petrie, Jane Espenson and Philippa Goslett.
Whedon walked away from the show in November, saying he was “really exhausted” but remains credited as a creator and executive producer.