Ethan Hawke Is 'Nuttier Than a Squirrel Turd' in Showtime's 'The Good Lord Bird' Trailer (Video)

Hawke plays “controversial abolitionist” John Brown in limited series premiering Aug. 9

Showtime dropped the trailer for its limited series adaptation of James McBride’s “The Good Lord Bird” Tuesday, offering up a first look at Ethan Hawke playing “controversial abolitionist” John Brown. And let’s just say Hawke’s portrayal of the historical figure is, uh, eccentric.

Based on McBride’s National Book Award-winning novel of the same name, “The Good Lord Bird” is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), “a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War.”

In the trailer, which you can view above, you’ll see that Onion thinks his leader is “nuttier than a squirrel turd” and Daveed Diggs’ Fredrick Douglass agrees.

According to Showtime, the seven-part limited series, which premieres Sunday, Aug. 9 at 10 p.m., “weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.”

Along with Hawke and Johnson, “The Good Lord Bird” also stars Ellar Coltrane, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Beau Knapp, Nick Eversman, Jack Alcott and Mo Brings Plenty. Guest stars include Diggs as Douglass, David Morse as Dutch Henry Sherman, Steve Zahn as Chase, Maya Hawke as Annie Brown, Wyatt Russell as federal officer Jeb Stuart and Orlando Jones as The Rail Man.

“The Good Lord Bird” is executive produced by Jason Blum, Ethan, Ryan Hawke, Mark Richard, Padraic McKinley, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Albert Hughes, James McBride, Brian Taylor, Marshall Persinger and David Schiff. The series hails from Blumhouse Television.

Spring TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)

  • Spring has been sprung for quite a while now and with the changing of the seasons came the changing of many channels as a slew of new shows began to premiere. In honor of the months that bring showers and flowers, TheWrap has rounded up the start dates for not just the new and returning shows on Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW, but also the ones for the eagerly-anticipated series hitting cable channels and streaming services this spring. Click through our gallery to find out when your favorite spring shows will be back and when your (possible) new favorites will debut.

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  • Series:  “Celebrity Watch Party”   Net: Fox   Premiere Date: Thursday, May 7   Time: 8 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “The Eddy”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, May 8  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Solar Opposites”   Net: Hulu   Premiere Date: Friday, May 8    Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Dead to Me”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, May 8  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “I Know This Much Is True”   Net: HBO  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 10  Time: 9 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “The Misery Index”   Net: TBS   Premiere Date: Thursday, May 14   Time: 10:30 p.m.

    TBS

  • Series:  “The Great”   Net: Hulu  Premiere Date: Friday, May 15   Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “She-Ra and the Princess of Power”   Net: Netflix   Premiere Date: Friday, May 15   Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Bering Sea Gold”  Net: Discovery Premiere Date:  Friday, May 15 Time: 8 p.m.

    Discovery

  • Series:  “Hightown”   Net: Starz   Premiere Date: Sunday, May 17   Time: 8 p.m.

    Starz

  • Series:  “Snowpiercer”   Net: TNT   Premiere Date: Sunday, May 17   Time: 9 p.m.

    TNT

  • Series:  “The Big Flower Fight”   Net: Netflix   Premiere Date: Monday, May 18  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Stargirl”   Net: DC Universe   Premiere Date: Monday, May 18   Time: N/A

    DC Universe

  • Series:  “The 100”   Net: The CW   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 20    Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Married at First Sight: Couples Cam”   Net: Lifetime  Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 20  Time: 8 p.m.

    Lifetime

  • Series:  “Ultimate Tag”   Net: Fox  Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 20  Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Jay Leno’s Garage”   Net: CNBC   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 20   Time: 10 p.m.

    CNBC

  • Series:  “Burden of Truth”   Net: The CW  Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Labor of Love”   Net: Fox   Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Holey Moley”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “To Tell the Truth”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Homecoming”   Net: Amazon Prime Video  Premiere Date: Friday, May 22  Time: N/A

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Naked & Afraid XL”   Net: Discovery  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 24  Time: 8 p.m.

    Discovery

  • Series:  “The Titan Games”   Net: NBC   Premiere Date: Monday, May 25   Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “America’s Got Talent”   Net: NBC   Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 26   Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “World of Dance”   Net: NBC   Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 26   Time: 10 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Craftopia”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Legendary”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Looney Tunes Cartoons”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “The Not Too Late Show With Elmo”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Love Life”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Game On!”   Net: CBS  Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: 8 p.m.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”   Net: ABC   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27  Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Central Park”   Net: Apple TV+   Premiere Date: Friday, May 29    Time: N/A

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “Space Force”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, May 29  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Ramy”   Net: Hulu   Premiere Date: Friday, May 29    Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Celebrity Family Feud”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31  Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Press Your Luck”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31  Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Match Game”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31  Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Quiz”   Net: AMC   Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31    Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC

  • Series:  “90 Day Fiance: The Other Way”   Net: TLC   Premiere Date: Monday, June 1   Time: 9 p.m.

    TLC

  • Series:  “NOS4A2”   Net: AMC/BBC America   Premiere Date: Monday, June 1   Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC/BBC America

  • Series:  “Fuller House”   Net: Netflix   Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 2   Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!”   Net: ABC   Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 2   Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Dirty John”   Net: USA Network   Premiere Date:  Tuesday, June 2   Time: 9 p.m.

    USA Network

  • Series:  “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”   Net: Showtime   Premiere Date: Friday, June 5    Time: 8 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:  “L.A.’s Finest”   Net: Spectrum  Premiere Date: Monday, June 8   Time: N/A

    Spectrum

  • Series:  “Don’t”   Net: ABC   Premiere Date: Thursday, June 11  Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Pokemon Journeys The Series”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, June 12   Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Love, Victor”   Net: Hulu  Premiere Date: Friday, June 19  Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi”   Net: Hulu   Premiere Date: Friday, June 19   Time: N/A

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Here’s when 51 broadcast, cable and streaming series debut and come back

Spring has been sprung for quite a while now and with the changing of the seasons came the changing of many channels as a slew of new shows began to premiere. In honor of the months that bring showers and flowers, TheWrap has rounded up the start dates for not just the new and returning shows on Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW, but also the ones for the eagerly-anticipated series hitting cable channels and streaming services this spring. Click through our gallery to find out when your favorite spring shows will be back and when your (possible) new favorites will debut.

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