Thomas Jane is 'Hung' on New HBO Series
Thomas Jane is 'Hung' on New HBO Series
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
The bigger the better?

Following the much-hyped-about sophomore run of its hit True Blood, HBO viewers can look forward to yet another original series from the cable channel.  Hung, a brand new comedy starring The Punisher's Thomas Jane, follows popular high school jock turned underpaid high school teacher Ray Drecker (Jane) who ends up using his mighty proportions to make things turn around for his life that is currently in shambles.

After his wife of 20 years (Anne Heche) leaves him for her dermatologist, Drecker is depressed and bitter.  Things get from bad to worse when a fire damages his rundown Detroit house, and his twins leave to move in with their mom and her new husband.  "Every week brings me a new humiliation," he says in the trailer.  He is reduced to an all-time low.

He then finds himself attending a local self-help class whose central mantra is to identify a personal "winning tool" to achieve success. Out of a suggestion from fellow attendee, ex-flame, and trying-hard-to-be-a-poet Tanya (Jane Adams), he vows to use his greatest asset (refer to the title of the series if the premise is still unclear at this point) to change his fortune. "Now, I'm in the oldest profession in the world," he says.

Hung 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.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: HBO
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