Ray Romano will co-star with Cristin Milioti on HBO Max’s upcoming “Made for Love” adaptation from “Maniac” creator Patrick Somerville.
The 10-episode series, based on the 2017 novel by Alissa Nutting, centers on Hazel Green (Milioti), a woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to an “unstable, needy, possibly sociopathic tech billionaire” who discovers that her husband has implanted a monitoring device in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive.
Romano will play Hazel’s estranged father, Herbert Green, a widower and retired con man who shuns relationships due to a fear of loss. Herbert is set to live out his final years on a remote desert ranch as a shut-in with his synthetic partner Diane–a high-end, ultra-realistic sex doll. But when Hazel–his only child–unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep fearing for her life, he’s forced to reckon with internal regrets and take action in ways he’d never imagined.
The project is one of two in the works at HBO Max from “Maniac” creator Patrick Somerville and Paramount Television, where Somerville has an overall deal. He is also set to serve as showrunner on an adaptation of the novel “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.
S.J. Clarkson, who most recently directed the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot for HBO, is attached to direct and executive produce. Nutting, her spouse Dean Bakopoulos and Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions are also executive producers.