In an effort to boost its post-Sopranos original series lineup, HBO is launching dark comedy and ticklishly titled Hung this summer, and this early on, the series has already garnered significant attention online. The playfully titled comedy stars Thomas Jane (The Punisher) as Ray Drecker, a underpaid and depressed high school teacher and basketball coach who feels embittered after his wife of 20 years leaves him for her dermatologist.
When a fire damages his rundown Detroit house, Ray's spirits are in an all-time low. To make matters worse, his twin children who was living with him, leave to move in with their mom and her new husband. Ray then finds himself attending a local self-help class whose central mantra is to identify a personal "winning tool" to market for financial success. Ray has a eureka moment after he meets a fellow attendee and ex-flame Tanya. Since then, he has vowed to use his greatest asset (refer to the title of the series if this is still unclear)to change his fortunes.
is directed by Oscar-winning Alexander Payne, and stars Anne Heche as Ray's wife and Jane Adams as Tanya, the ex-flame. The series is reportedly a "big priority" of HBO's new entertainment president Sue Naegle. HBO has ordered ten episodes of the titillating series.
Creators Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson, however, stress that the lead's colossal appendage won't be the main focus of the series, although the sexual aspect will be a major source of comedic relief.
"It has its sexual moments, but the show is very much about what's happening in the country, how people are trying to survive using what God had given them," Lipkin said.
Jane, 40, is best known for his roles in 1999's Deep Blue Sea
, 2004's The Punisher
, and 2007's The Mist
. Heche, meanwhile, 39, was last seen on quirky ABC dramedy Men in Trees
.- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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