5:30pm PT by David Caspi
HBO Developing Psychological Drama from 'Entourage,' 'In Treatment' Producers
HBO is getting some more therapy from the Holy Land.
Half a decade after airing Israeli adaptation In Treatment, the premium cable network has put into development the drama series Wish, adapted from Israeli series entitled Beit Ha'Mishalot (House of Wishes). The U.S. entry is being billed as a psychological drama where people are given the chance to relive defining experiences of their lives. Some search for secrets from their past, others to fulfill their most intimate, darkest wishes.
A serialized anthology, Wish delves into the deepest realms of the human psyche, wrestling with concepts of perception, reality, memory, delusion and morality as it explores its characters' greatest needs, desires and fears.
The Israeli original was created, written and directed by renowned Israeli director Haim Bouzaglo, and premiered locally on Israeli Broadcasting Authority’s Channel 1 in March 2013 with its freshman season spanning a hefty 26 episodes. Twenty-six additional episodes already shot and are tentatively set to air this year.
Local reviews pointed out the show’s unique concept, which sees the main protagonist, the psychologist dealing with his own demons, welcoming a revolving door of one-off characters coming to him for a sort of psychodrama parallel-universe session in which actors play out those experiences the patient wishes to revisit.
The HBO adaptation hails from CBS Television Studios, with Emmy winning writer and HBO veteran Merritt Johnson (In Treatment, Temple Grandin) set as writer of the project as well as executive producer, alongside Entourage's Doug Ellin and Teri Weinberg, Jim Lefkowitz, Bruce Rubenstein, Shirly Brener and creator Bouzaglo.