Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pilot Review: Hung

Hung (HBO)
Premiered June 28 at 10pm

HBO’s latest effort, which when it next airs will be sandwiched in between “True Blood” and “Entourage,” is a familiar kind of dramatic comedy which focuses on one man desperately seeking a life change by entering a new, questionable profession. Ray Drecker isn’t good at anything, and his entrepreneurship classes lead him to realize that he should try prostitution. It’s not a terribly unfamiliar concept, and that’s both positive and negative for this series. It doesn’t feel original, but it also manages to keep afloat without being too stale. Part of the credit is due to the sharp writing and snappy dialogue which feeds the entertaining banter between the characters. The rest of the praise should be reserved for star Thomas Jane, who carries the show on his shoulders. He’s charming, but not too charming, and his delivery of all of his often-sarcastic lines is right on track. The show doesn’t appear to have much of an ensemble, featuring Ray’s family in small doses, the only real bright spot of which is Anne Heche’s crazy ex-wife rant. Jane Adams is also onboard as a nutty, overly sexual poet who fashions herself as Ray’s pimp. It’s terribly unclear what this show will be like since the 45-minute pilot doesn’t really explain or develop much, and as a result, a viewing of the second episode (airing July 12) seems necessary. There isn’t much more to say – I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I may be fresh out of words after writing an extremely lengthy review of “Virtuality” (which you should watch), but I just don’t have too many opinions on this series. What did you think?

How will it work as a series? As I’ve mentioned, it’s hard to tell. I think it’s just the right kind of show for HBO, and in between the uber-weird fantastical “True Blood” and the buddy lite “Entourage,” it will find a nice home and a proper groove. It won’t necessarily be totally inventive, but that may not be a problem. Ray’s not too well-rounded, maybe this show doesn’t have to be either.
How long will it last? HBO doesn’t ax shows before their first seasons are completed, and most cable shows these days get renewals within days of their premieres. I imagine “Hung,” which debuted to pretty positive reviews, should get renewed after a week or two for a second season, but I’m not sure there will be much additional ground to cover. That’s a long way off, of course, but I think this show has two seasons in it. HBO’s last new comedy – “Flight of the Conchords” – got cancelled after two seasons; maybe it will become a trend. But again, that’s looking too far ahead. Let’s see how episode two is.



Anonymous said...

Hello, I just became a member of this community here and I would like to be a member of it. Just love the environment here. Great job by the mods and every member here.

I like the quality of posts provided by everyone and expect I can do that for you all too. Just to start off, I discovered a great website named
[url=http://www.home-businessreviews.com]home business opportunity[/url] that reviews several good home business reviews. Anyway site owner make's more than 500$+/day. He found some very great home business ideas.

Because I found that these money making opportunities worked for me I decided to post it here so you also can earn some extra bucks in your free time. Owner of this website also found very simple opportunity earn some extra cash just taking [url=http://www.home-businessreviews.com/Surveys-For-Money.html]surveys for money[/url]. Anyway if you need to earn some extra money feel free to check out this site. Hope you guys like it.

Anyway, look forward to great conversation and hanging out here often.

Unknown said...

michael kors handbags
michael kors handbags
ray ban sunglass
christian louboutin sale
coach outlet online
gucci handbags
michael kors outlet
oakley outlet
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors
fake oakleys
michael kors outlet online sale
michael kors uk
air jordan 8
burberry bags
ray ban sunglass
celine bag
coach factory outlet
louboutin femme pas cher
prada sunglasses
oakley outlet
louis vuitton handbags
chanel bags
coach factory outlet
coach outlet online
cheap ray bans
louis vuitton
true religion outlet
jordan shoes
concord 11s
louis vuitton bags
louis vuitton handbags
abercrombie and fitch
ray ban wayfarer
adidas shoes

Unknown said...

6michael kors factory outlet online
jordan shoes for kids
kate spade outlet
abercrombie and fitch outlet online
fitflop outlet
nike nfl jresey
abercrombie and fitch outlet online
kate spade handbags
jordan outlet
canada goose jackets
abercrombie and fitch outlet
north face outlet 70% off
kobe bryant shoes 2015
michael kors outlet
burberry scarf
christian louboutin sale
michael kors handbags sale
hermes outlet
cheap nike
nike shoes
north face denali jacket clearance
coach factory online sale
jordan 11
michael kors discount handbags
nike factory store
coach outlet online store
hermes outlet online
the north face outlet
michael kors handbags
coach purse
cheap purses michael kors
jordans for sale
coach wallet
ralph lauren polo outlet online
coach bags outlet
christian louboutin outlet
nike outlet
cheap rolex watches
gucci belt
the north face outlet
jordan 14
converse shoes sale

Unknown said...

chrome hearts
longchamp outlet
louis vuitton handbags
true religion outlet uk
true religion jeans
burberry outlet
michael kors handbags
kobe shoes
gucci outlet
fitflops clearance
michael kors outlet clearance
hermes outlet
ralph lauren shirts
mont blanc pens
prada outlet online
coach outlet store
celine outlet online
burberry sunglasses
ugg outlet uk
michael kors outlet
iphone case uk
louis vuitton outlet stores
coach outlet clearance
ugg boots clearance
ugg boots clearance
coach outlet
pandora jewelry
ralph lauren
lebron shoes
tory burch shoes
montblanc pens
replica watches
air jordan shoes
coach outlet online
michael kors uk
nike outlet online
prada sunglasses for women
basketball shoes

Unknown said...

louis vuitton purses
fitflop shoes
adidas superstar
roshe run
canada goose pas cher
canada goose jackets
uggs outlet
toms shoes
tods sale
ray ban sunglasses outlet
chicago bulls jerseys
louis vuitton
coach outlet
timberland shoes
coach outlet store online clearances
louboutin femme
oakley outlet
moncler pas cher
fitflop clearance
ghd flat iron
ugg boot uk
adidas superstar trainers
vans sneakers
coach factory outlet online
ralph lauren sale
polo shirts
coach factory outlet
the north face jackets
ugg boot uk
jordan retro 4
cheap beats headphones
mont blanc pen
louis vuitton outlet
louboutin shoes
louis vuitton handbags
kobe shoes 11
louis vuitton outlet
uggs sale
adidas boost