“’Made for Love’ is funny, dark, and entirely unique,” said Suzanna Makkos, exec VP of original comedy and adult animation at HBO Max. “We are thrilled to be reuniting with this dream team of talented producers, incredible cast, and CGI dolphins to tell the next chapter of this exciting story.”
The story centers on Milioti’s Hazel Green, a 30-something who is on the run after a decade-long, suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire played by Billy Magnussen, who has implanted a chip into her brain to track her “emotional data.” Hazel flees to her hometown, holing up at her childhood home where Ray Romano, who plays her aging widower father, has begun to rely on synthetic sex doll “Diane” for companionship. Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera and Caleb Foote also star.
The series’ first season was executive produced by showrunner Christina Lee alongside Nutting, Patrick Somerville, Dean Bakopoulos, Liza Chasin and SJ Clarkson. Co-exec producer Stephanie Laing directed six episodes, including the pilot and season finale; Alethea Jones directed two episodes. Paramount Television Studios produces the series.
Nutting is joining Lee to showrun the second season.
“We’re thrilled we get the chance to work with our incredible cast and crew again. We would’ve announced the pick-up earlier, but it was a beast closing Diane’s deal. Everyone thinks she’s a doll but she’s a real hard-ass,” quipped Lee and Nutting.