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Hung (TV series)

Hung
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Dmitry Lipkin
Colette Burson
Starring Thomas Jane
Jane Adams
Anne Heche
Eddie Jemison
Sianoa Smit-McPhee
Charlie Saxton
Rebecca Creskoff
Gregg Henry
Lennie James
Stephen Amell
Opening theme "I'll Be Your Man"
by The Black Keys
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dmitry Lipkin
Colette Burson
Alexander Payne
Michael Rosenberg
Noreen Halpern
John Morayniss
Running time 28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run June 28, 2009 (2009-06-28) – December 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)
External links
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Hung is a comedy-drama television series, which ran on HBO from June 28, 2009 to December 4, 2011. It was created by Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson and stars Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker, a struggling suburban Detroit high school basketball and baseball coach who resorts to male prostitution. The second season premiered on June 27, 2010 and concluded its ten-episode run on September 12, 2010. On September 2, 2010 it was announced that HBO had ordered Hung for a third season consisting of ten episodes, which ran from October 2, 2011 to December 4, 2011.[1] On December 20, 2011 HBO decided not to renew Hung for a fourth season.[2]

Plot

Hung follows Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), an unhappy high school history teacher and athletic coach in suburban Detroit who is short of money. He is 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 destroys the childhood home Ray still owns and lived in, he is left without many options. With the help of a friend, Tanya (Jane Adams), Ray decides to turn his extremely large penis into an opportunity to make money. The episodes center on Ray's attempts to maintain a normal life while starting his business as a prostitute. Together, Tanya and Ray begin their business, "Happiness Consultants".

The second season focuses on the complex dynamic between Ray and his two pimps, Tanya and Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff). Lenore, a life coach whom Tanya brought in to help them in the early stages of the business, began taking over Happiness Consultants late in the first season, as she believes she can take Ray in to new business areas and views Tanya as an obstacle.

The third season sees Tanya and Ray forced to compete for clients against Lenore and her younger prostitute Jason (Stephen Amell).

Production

The show's pilot was directed by filmmaker Alexander Payne, who served as executive producer along with Lipkin, Burson, and Blueprint Entertainment. Lipkin and Burson's script was the first major purchase by the network's new entertainment president Sue Naegle in April 2008. This led the writers to immediately work on five more episodes for the series, a total of ten episodes. On December 18, 2008, HBO announced picking up the series for its first season, which ran from June 28, 2009 to September 13, 2009. On July 30, 2009, HBO announced it had renewed the series for its second season, which ran from June 27, 2010.[3] In December 2011, HBO announced the cancellation of the series, ending it after three seasons.[4]

The theme song for Hung is "I'll Be Your Man" by The Black Keys[5] from their debut album The Big Come Up (2002). The track can also be found on the Rescue Me Original Television Soundtrack (2006) album.

Much of the show was filmed in the suburban Detroit cities of Royal Oak, White Lake, Troy, Walled Lake, Clarkston, and West Bloomfield, Michigan.[6]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker: Former star athlete turned high school teacher/coach and single dad who becomes a prostitute in order to provide a better life for himself and his children.
  • Jane Adams as Tanya Skagle: A former flame of Ray's who reunites with him later on. She takes on the role of his pimp after proving to have optimism to make money in the business.
  • Anne Heche as Jessica Haxon: Ray's ex-wife who is trying to build a relationship with her children as they drift away from her. She also finds herself drifting from her new husband, Ronnie.
  • Charlie Saxton as Damon Drecker: Ray and Jessica's son. He partakes in goth-like activities and is unsure as to his exact sexuality. He has issues with his mom, he has an unhealthy fixation on his sister and is much more comfortable around his father.
  • Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Darby Drecker: Ray and Jessica's daughter, and Damon's twin. Darby has had issues with her boyfriend, and is very close with her brother, often a source of support.
  • Eddie Jemison as Ronnie Haxon (Regular Seasons 1–2, Recurring Season 3): Jessica's new husband who is starting to become more about business than romance, causing both Jessica and himself to drift to outside romantic sources.
  • Rebecca Creskoff as Lenore Bernard (Recurring Season 1, Regular Seasons 2–3): A life coach who is introduced to Ray by Tanya to bring in clients. Eventually, Lenore proves she can be a better pimp than Tanya, and the two are currently battling for his attention.
  • Gregg Henry as Mike Hunt (Recurring Season 1, Regular Seasons 2-3): Ray's good friend and assistant coach. He is becoming suspicious of Ray's behavior, and is worried about being laid off as the school begins cutting costs.
  • Lennie James as Charlie (Recurring Season 2, Regular Season 3): Tanya's pimp mentor.
  • Stephen Amell as Jason (Season 3): A young prostitute found by Lenore to serve as competition against Ray.

Recurring Season 1

Recurring Season 2

Recurring Season 3

Episodes

Reception / Accolades

Hung was well received by critics. For its first season, the series' reviews equated to generally positive, with special mentions made to Thomas Jane and Jane Adams for their lead performances.[7] The show received multiple nominations during its run.[8]

Casting Society of America, USA

  • 2010: Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot (Comedy): Lisa Beach & Sarah Katzman (Nominated)[8]

Golden Globe Awards

Primetime Emmy Award

Satellite Awards

Writers Guild of America Award

Distribution

DVD releases

Season Region 1 Release Date Region 2 Release Date Region 4 Release Date Episodes Discs Bonus Features
1 June 22, 2010 September 13, 2010 August 4, 2010 10 2 Disc 1: Audio commentary on episodes 1 and 4 with the creators and executive producers of the series Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin. - Disc 2: About Hung. • Women Hung. • Personals Ray and Tanya. • Audio commentary on episode 8 with the creators and executive producers of the series Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin and writer Brett C. Leonard.
2 September 27, 2011 October 17, 2011 TBA 10 2 TBA
3 September 4, 2012 TBA TBA 10 2 TBA

International broadcasting

Country Television Network
Latin America HBO Latin America
Southeast Asia HBO Asia (2010-01-08)
Australia Showcase on Foxtel and Seven Network
Austria Comedy Central, FOX
Belgium Prime, Be TV, RTBF, and Acht (TV)
Bosnia and Herzegovina HBO
Bulgaria HBO
Canada HBO Canada, ARTV
Croatia HBO
Czech Republic HBO, ČT1
Middle East OSN Comedy
Estonia ETV
France (premiered on December 1, 2009) Orange Cinémax, Série Club
Finland (premiered on September 24, 2010) YLE TV2
Germany (premiered on May 6, 2010) Comedy Central, FOX
Hungary HBO
Iceland Stöð 2
India HBO
Ireland 3e
Israel Yes Drama HD, HOT V.O.D, Yes Oh HD
Italy SKY Uno
Macedonia HBO Macedonia
Moldova HBO
Montenegro HBO
Netherlands Comedy Central
New Zealand TV One
Nordic countries Canal+
Norway NRK
Pakistan Bangladesh Afghanistan Iran and Tajikistan HBO
Philippines HBO
Poland HBO
Portugal Fox Next, FX
Romania HBO
Serbia HBO
Slovenia POP TV
South Africa MNET
Spain (premiered on January 10, 2010) Canal+ Spain
Sweden SVT
Switzerland TSR1, SF2 (2011-02-24), Comedy Central
Turkey e2, CNBC-e
United Kingdom More 4, Channel 4, Sky Atlantic HD

References

  1. ^ "Keck's Exclusives: Hung Takes a Transgender Turn".  
  2. ^ Nellie Andreeva (December 20, 2011). "HBO: ‘Hung’, ‘Bored To Death’ And ‘How To Make It In America’ Cancelled; ‘Enlightened’ Renewed". Deadline. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva (December 18, 2008). "'"HBO picks up 'Hung.  
  4. ^ Molloy, Tim (December 20, 2011). "HBO Cancels Hung, Make It in America, Bored".  
  5. ^ James Cook (December 18, 2008). "'"HBO Picks Up Thomas Jane's 'Hung. TheMovingPicture.net. 
  6. ^ Dan Desmond (April 16, 2010). "HBO’s ‘Hung’ puts West Bloomfield gym in spotlight".  
  7. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shows/hung
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229413/awards

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