UNCSA alumni HBO series renewed for second season

HBO has ordered a second season for “The Righteous Gemstones,” a bawdy, satiric comedy series produced by three alumni of the UNC School of the Arts.

Danny McBride, who graduated from UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking in 1999, created the series and stars as Jesse Gemstone, a blustery televangelist who is part of a successful but corrupt family-run television ministry. Fellow alumni Jody Hill and David Gordon Green also serve as executive producers and directors, and Hill has a supporting role as an actor.

This is the third HBO series from the trio, following “Eastbound & Down” and “Vice Principals.”

In a statement announcing the renewal, Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO programming, said “Danny, Jody and David are among our favorite collaborators and we’re thrilled that their take on a family comedy has been met with such enthusiasm.”

The cast also includes John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam DeVine, Cassidy Freeman and Walton Goggins.

The series airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on HBO. The nine-episode first season started on Aug. 18.

Tim Clodfelter

Tractor-trailer passenger injured in wreck

A passenger in a tractor-trailer sustained non-life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon when the vehicle overturned on the northbound U.S. 311 ramp to westbound Interstate 40, authorities said. The passenger, whom police didn’t identify, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Winston-Salem police temporarily closed the ramp because of the single-vehicle crash. The ramp was reopened around 7 p.m. Monday, police said. Officers are investigating the incident.

John Hinton

Brush fire disrupts traffic on I-40

A brush fire broke out Monday along Interstate 40 near mile markers 196 and 197 and Cole Road, authorities said. No injuries were reported. Several city firefighters responded to the scene and put out the fire, which was reported about 12:40 p.m., said Assistant Chief Jerry Hardison of the Winston-Salem Fire Department. The brush fire covered about 2,500 square feet of land, Hardison said. The right lane of I-40 westbound near Interstate 74 in Winston-Salem was closed for about an hour because of the brush fire, the N.C. Department of Transportation said in an email.

John Hinton

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