'Hung' Spoilers: What's in Store for Ray and Tanya?
by Gary Susman, posted Aug 20th 2010 5:30PM
Including this Sunday's installment, there are only three episodes of 'Hung' left this season. Which means major, life-changing events seem to be coming for Ray, Tanya and the rest of the characters on the HBO comedy.
Series co-creator Colette Burson spoke to TV Squad today and offered some spoilers about what to expect for the rest of this season (including an important, funny and painful moment coming this Sunday). She also spoke about changes 'Hung' fans can expect to see if, as seems likely, HBO renews 'Hung' for a third season.
"In this week's episode, there's a scene that I feel like is one of the best scenes in 'Hung' ever," Burson revealed. "What happens between Ray and a client is hilarious and really iconic on a certain level. It's what I want our show to be. It's very funny. He gets an injury, let's put it that way." Not in the moneymaker, we hope.
Speaking of iconic, next week's episode makes use of an iconic Detroit location, of the sort Burson says would be impossible to recreate if the Detroit-set series were filmed primarily in Hollywood. "I directed next week's episode," she said of the location-shooting, "There's quite a bit of Detroit in it. There's a big scene shot on the old Tigers Stadium field. We can't replicate this stuff in the studio." (Hmm, does this mean that former all-state high school jock Ray is finally getting a taste of major league glory, however vicarious? Or is this scene another of 'Hung's' commentaries on how today's post-crash economy relentlessly discards what was once mythic and meaningful?)
As for Tanya, before the season is out, at long last, the put-upon poet/pimp will explode in self-assertive fury. "Tanya stands up for herself," promised Burson. "Tanya's going to smack somebody down." (Who? The parasitic Lenore? Exploitative boss Patty? "It's a question mark," teases Burson.)
While HBO has yet to formally announce an order for a third season of 'Hung,' Burson and her team are proceeding as if there will be more 'Hung' in 2011. This week, she said, the writers are brainstorming ideas, but there's already a sense of where the story will go and how fully the characters will be explored throughout season 3. "It's really fascinating, not only for the actors, but also for the writers, to continue writing in depth," she said. "We just go deeper and deeper into the tunnel of their psyches and their lives. But the third season will be different in that the business will change. The business will reach a new place where their obstacles will be different, and the stress on them will be higher."
"And then, of course," she added, "we always want to be funnier and sexier." So do we all, Ms. Burson, so do we all.
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