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HBO biker series to star Donal Logue

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 12th 2008 2:01PM
donal logueEverybody wants Donal Logue. Just one month after NBC added him to the cast of NBC's Life, as Charlie's new boss, now comes news that HBO has booked Donal Logue as a biker in 1%. The new pilot casts Donal as a character named Misfit, a Silicon Valley member who's sent to Carefree, Arizona, to get one of the toughest biker clubs in the west in line. Also joining Logue in the show are W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Timm Sharp (Undeclared), Lucy Punch (hilarious in The Class as Holly Ellenbogen), Marisa Ryan (New York Undercover) and Sonny Barger. Barger is an actual biker and has been enlisted to no doubt add realism to the project.

The concept of one percenters, by the way, refers to the conceit that 99% of all motorcycle clubs are into riding their bikes and not looking for trouble. The other one-percent are, presumably, itching for a fight. Some clubs, however, rejected the clean-cut image and adopted the "one-percenter" moniker, even going so far as to create a diamond shaped 1% patch to wear on their vests as a badge of honor.

Since this pilot is called 1%, we can expect some conflict to say the least. And since HBO did once bring us Oz, could 1% be as raw as that show? We wonder, especially with Michael Tolkin as one of the executive producers. Tolkin has always been a provocative writer, including The Rapture, Changing Lanes and The Player, on his resume. Guymon Casady and Alexander Hertzberg with co-executive produce.

Interesting and entertaining are two things Donal Logue almost always brings to his roles. On TV, he starred in The Knights of Prosperity, an ABC sitcom that deserved a better fate than it received, as well as the underrated Grounded for Life, which ran for five years. I've always liked Donal Logue, so I'll be curious enough to check out 1%. Ever since I saw him in The Tao of Steve, doing the same kind of schtick that Seth Rogan has done in Knocked Up (only better), I've been a Donal Logue fan.

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The report of Sonny Barger attached to this program was false and misleading.

The bigger news is that yesterday Sonny Barger Productions sued HBO over this show. Read why:

http://reporter.blogs.com/thresq/2008/04/hbos-anticipate.html#more

http://reporter.blogs.com/thresq/files/SBPvMT_complaint_filestamped.pdf


April 19 2008 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Sonny Barger an "actual biker"? That's like saying Jesus is an actual religious figure.

Sonny Barger was one of the Hell's Angels who was providing "security" at the Rolling Stones' concert at Altamont, the one profiled in the documentary "Gimme Shelter." He was a founding member of the Oakland Hell's Angels chapter. He spent time in prison for blowing up a rival club's headquarters.

Yeah, I'd say he adds some freakin' realism, all right.

April 12 2008 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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