By Neil McCormick
As a fan of most things made by HBO – The Wire, The Sopranos to name but a couple of their recent success storys, I have been keeping an eye on what they have been producing.
The latest comedy from their stable is Hung starring Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker, an unhappy and financially strapped history teacher and basketball coach at a suburban Detroit high school. He’s also the father of twin teenagers (Charlie Saxton and Sianoa Smit-McPhee) who are currently living with their remarried mother (Anne Heche). After a fire destroyed the childhood home Ray still owns and lived in, he was without many options. With the help of a friend, Tanya (Jane Adams), Ray decides to turn his large appendage into an opportunity to make money. The episodes center around Ray’s attempts to maintain a “normal” life while starting his business as a male prostitute.
Ok the story behind it may not be new – man falls into financial difficulty and uses himself as a commodity – think American Gigalo meets Deuce Bigalo. However the quality of the cast and the depth to the script is first rate.
For UK viewers this is one to look out for. So far it has not been picked up by a uk broadcaster – be it terrestial or satellite. With season 2 commisioned to start Summer 2010 in the US, it can only be a matter of time before it does get picked up.