HBO Orders Comedy Series From Team Behind Offbeat Movie THR
HBO has ordered a new comedy series from the team that wrote and directed a quirky 2011 feature film. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the pay-cable channel ordered "Togetherness" from brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, marking their first television writing effort after a number of movies, including 2011's "Jeff, Who Lives at Home."
The new project, about two couples living in the same house, stars Mark Duplass as Brett Pierson, who seemingly has a perfect life but in reality has both personal and professional problems. His wife is played by "Two and a Half Men's" Melanie Lynskey.
Amanda Peet plays Lynskey's sister, who wants to move closer to her sister, while Steve Zissis, who also appeared in "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," will play Brett's friend who has just been left homeless.
The Duplass brothers will write, executive produce and direct the comedy, and Zissis will also write and serve as a consulting producer.
The report notes: "The series joins a new batch of comedies at the premium cable network including Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley,' the untitled eight-episode gay-themed Jonathan Groff vehicle, 'Getting On' (six episodes from the creators of 'Big Love') and Stephen Merchant's 'Hello Ladies' (eight episodes) as HBO bulks up on half-hours to join comedies 'Girls' and 'Veep.'"