HBO Leads Twitter Buzz With Teen Angst, Heroes and Video Games

It was a big week for HBO/HBO Max, which led overall fan engagement on Twitter for Variety’s Trending TV chart for the week of Jan. 10 – 16. Bolstering those online conversations were two key series, “Euphoria” and “Peacemaker,” as well as casting news for the upcoming adaptation of the video game “The Last of Us.”

The second episode of “Euphoria’s” sophomore season once again landed the show in the top slot with more than 440,000 engagements. Much of the discussion revolved around two new players in the Zendaya-starring drama, who arrived to stir up some trouble for two fan-favorite couples.

Dominic Fike’s Elliot has divided fans who are loyal to the Rue-Jules (Hunter Schafer) romance, while users seem conflicted about Chloe Cherry’s Faye — who may be there to cause strife between Fez (Angus Cloud) and Lexi (Maude Apatow). Debates raged on the social media platform, as the series continued to deliver a killer soundtrack to accompany its gritty teen storylines.

Taking the second spot on this week’s list was “Peacemaker,” which dropped its first three episodes on Thursday. The series amassed a lot of buzz and anticipation on Twitter leading up to the premiere, in large part thanks to star John Cena and creator James Gunn driving engagement with trailers, photos and BTS content.

Fans were particularly excited by the DC Comics series’ dance-happy opening credits, which Gunn later shared due to popular request.

Star Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”) also won over viewers with her portrayal of Leota Adebayo, while a top-secret appearance by Viola Davis further fueled the tweets. Davis reprised her “Suicide Squad” character, Amanda Waller, in the first episode to deliver a (no spoilers) twist involving Adebayo.

HBO/HBO Max also took the fifth slot on this week’s Trending TV chart with “The Last of Us” thanks to another casting announcement and a rumored premiere date. The TV series adaptation of the hit video game stars Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal, and now Storm Reid (“Euphoria”) has joined the cast as Riley Abel. Reid herself tweeted the news, along with the date 2022, leading fans to believe the series will air later this year (HBO has yet to confirm an official premiere).

Elsewhere on this week’s trending list, the social media iteration of the Golden Globes continued to draw buzz in the third slot, as those who failed to follow along on Jan. 9 caught up on Monday morning or debated some of the winners.

“Emily in Paris” rounded out the Top 5 in the fourth slot as Netflix renewed the rom-com for a third and fourth season. The second season, which debuted on Dec. 22, easily landed in Netflix’s own Top 10 list across 94 countries, with 107.6 million hours viewed from Dec. 22 - 26.

“The Book of Boba Fett,” which dropped its third episode on Wednesday with guest stars Stephen Root and Danny Trejo, fell just short of the Top 5 by roughly 2,000 user engagements.

The Temuera Morrison-starring series also caught fan interest with a Television Critics Association panel during Disney Plus’ portion of the virtual winter press tour. Both Morrison and co-star Ming-Na Wen were in attendance for Friday’s event.

Rounding out this week’s Top 10 were “The Legend of Vox Machina” after Amazon Prime Video debuted an official trailer for the much-anticipated, animated show; The CW’s “Naomi,” a.k.a. the Ava DuVernay DC superhero drama that launched on Jan. 11; Netflix’s latest gory Korean series, “All of Us Are Dead,” which dropped its first trailer ahead of the Jan. 28 premiere; and the streaming service’s “Our Beloved Summer,” which is no stranger to Variety’s Top 10 trending list.