HBO orders more new shows
The network has picked up a one-hour comedy from producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women) called 12 Miles Of Bad Road. The show will star Lily Tomlin as the matriarch of a rich Texas family. Add in the family real estate business and a collection of relatives and hilarity will ensue, hopefully. The idea almost sounds like a Dallas spoof. With Tomlin on board, it will certainly be worth a look. Look for Gary Cole, Mary Kay Place, and Leslie Jordan to also appear.
Also on the slate is a new half-hour drama from Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. The team behind Entourage is back with Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne. The show is based on an Israeli series of the same name. It centers around Byrne's character, who is a therapist. He manages to get through his sessions with his patients calmly, but turns into a basket-case when he sees his own therapist. Since I don't get Israeli cable, or speak Hebrew, this sounds like Help Me Help You, without all the yucks. Embeth Davidtz, Mia Wasikowska, Dianne Wiest, Blair Underwood, and Melissa George also star. The network has ordered 45 episodes already.