HBO ready for 'Road' show, 'Treatment'


HBO has picked up to series Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's one-hour comedy "12 Miles of Bad Road," starring Lily Tomlin, and the half-hour drama "In Treatment," starring Gabriel Byrne and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.

The premium cable network has ordered 40 episodes of "Treatment," from Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, who also executive produce HBO's "Entourage." The number of episodes for "Road" is yet to be determined.

"Road," from "Designing Women" creator Bloodworth-Thomason, stars Tomlin as the matriarch of a wealthy Texas family whose real estate business and absurd wealth complicate the simplest family matters.

The hourlong pilot was directed by Michael Engler. HBO's brass considered turning the project into a 30-minute series but decided to keep the format intact.

The pilot, which HBO Entertainment produced in association with Mozark Prods., co-starred Gary Cole, Mary Kay Place, Katherine LaNasa, Kim Dickens, Eliza Coupe, Leslie Jordan, Ivana Milicevic, David Andrews, Sean Bridgers, Texas Battle and Cameron Richardson.

Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason executive produced the pilot, with Loucas George and Doug Jackson serving as producers.

Based on the popular and critically acclaimed Israeli series of the same name ("BeTipul" in Hebrew), "Treatment" centers on a therapist (Byrne) who is calm, smooth, insightful and nonconfrontational with his patients but turns into a testy, self-doubting individual full of barely concealed anger when he is a patient seeing his own shrink.

In the pilot stage, HBO ordered five episodes of "Treatment." The series pickup brings the total to 45 half-hours, the same as the original Israeli series.

It is not clear how HBO will schedule "Treatment." In Israel, the show aired five nights a week for nine weeks, with every episode focusing on one of several families and their weekly therapy session.

"Treatment" is executive produced by writer-director Rodrigo Garcia (HBO's "Carnivale," "Big Love"), who wrote and directed the pilot and will serve as showrunner, and original series creator Hagai Levi, along with Wahlberg and Levinson through their Closest to the Hole Prods. and Levinson Entertainment banners.

Noa Tishby is co-executive producing, with Sarah Lum and Leonard Torgan serving as producers.

On the show, Byrne is joined by co-stars Embeth Davidtz, Mia Wasikowska, Dianne Wiest, Blair Underwood and Melissa George.

Garcia, Wahlberg and Levinson are repped by Endeavor.