Made for Love is HBO Max’s upcoming darkly comedic drama series created by Christina Lee (Search Party and the recent Wet Hot American Summer series), and is based on Alissa Nutting’s 2017 novel of the same name.
It stars Cristin Milioti (Palm Springs, Fargo) as a married woman desperate to escape her controlling tech-billionaire husband (Billy Magnussen – Aladdin, Game Night). She escapes their palatial home with nothing but the clothes on her back and seeks refuge with her widowed father (Ray Romano – Everyone Loves Raymond, The Irishman), who still lives in her small hometown together with his sex doll. But she soon discovers that her husband implanted an experimental chip in her brain that allows him to monitor everything she sees and feels, and that he’ll go to absurd lengths to never let her go.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
The comedy series is a darkly absurd and cynically poignant story of love and divorce. It follows Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), a controlling tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband has implanted a monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her “emotional data” as she tries to regain her independence. Through the chip, Byron’s able to watch Hazel’s every move as she flees to her desert hometown to take refuge with her aging widower father Herbert (Ray Romano) and his synthetic partner, Diane.
Let’s take a look:
If you wondering why Ray Romano’s voiceover sounded so familiar after watching the teaser, it’s because he was reciting the lyrics to Beyoncé’s hit song Crazy in Love. Anyway, I really like the look of this series. It seems like it has the right balance of weird, funny, and serious and the performances from Milioti and Magnussen look great.
What do you think?
Made for Love’s eight-episode-long first season will begin airing on HBO Max on 1 April. It also stars Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera, Caleb Foote, and Dutch Johnson.
Last Updated: March 9, 2021