02/12/2014 09:01 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2014

Jack Black, Tim Robbins Headlining New HBO Series 'The Brink'

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HBO has given a 10-episode commitment to "The Brink," a dark comedy directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change") and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub ("Behind the Candelabra"). The series centers around three men, portrayed by Tim Robbins, Jack Black, and Pablo Schreiber. Deadline describes the story as an exploration of "a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men."

Robbins portrays the U.S. Secretary of State, Black is a Foreign Service officer, while Schreiber plays a Navy fighter pilot. All they need to do is prevent World War III. The three will be joined in the series by "The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales and Eric Ladin.

It was an incredibly quick turnaround for the project. According to Weintraub, the pilot was completed and shown to HBO on Monday, February 10. By the next day, they had their green light. Clearly HBO is excited about this project, and we have to admit ... we kind of are, too.



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