“HUNG” Premieres in Asia on HBO, HBO HD and HBO Signature in January 2010

HUNg

HBO premieres a brand new offbeat comedy series, HUNG, about a former high school sports legend turned middle-aged high school basketball coach who is a divorced dad in dire straits struggling to make ends meet and regain control of his life. Because desperate times call for desperate measures, the well-endowed Ray decides to exploit his best asset in a last-ditch attempt to change his fortunes.

The ten-episode first season of this HBO Original Series premieres on 2 January at 10pm with two back-to-back episodes airing daily on HBO SIGNATURE as well as on HBO and in high definition on HBO HD from 4 January 2010 at 10pm.

The series stars Thomas Jane (“The Punisher,” HBO’s “*61”) as Ray Drecker; Jane Adams (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) as Ray’s business partner, Tanya Skagle; Anne Heche (“Men in Trees”) as Ray’s ex-wife, Jessica Haxon; Eddie Jemison (“Ocean’s Thirteen”) as Jessica’s successful husband Ronnie; Sianoa Smit-McPhee (“As the Bell Rings”) as Ray’s daughter Darby; and Charlie Saxton (“The Lovely Bones”) as Ray’s son Damon.

Years ago, as a student at Detroit’s West Lakefield High School, Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) was athletic, popular and destined for success. Today, as a West Lakefield teacher and coach of the varsity basketball team (which is on an unprecedented losing streak), he’s underpaid, uninsured and embittered that his wife of 20 years (Anne Heche) left him for her dermatologist, Ronnie Haxon (Eddie Jemison). After fire damages the rundown lakeside home he inherited from his parents, Ray’s fortunes reach an all-time low when his twin children Darby (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) and Damon (Charlie Saxton), who had been living with him, move in with their mom and her smug new husband.

Lonely, run down and at wit’s end, Ray attends a self-help class, where the mantra is to identify a personal “winning tool” to market for financial success. After a not-so-fulfilling encounter with fellow attendee Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams), a would-be poet, Ray has a “eureka” moment. With the help of Tanya, the well-endowed Ray sets out to exploit his greatest asset in hopes of changing his fortunes.

HUNG was created by Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson; executive producers, Colette Burson, Dmitry Lipkin, Alexander Payne, Michael Rosenberg, John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern; co-executive producers, Scott Stephens and Emily Kapnek.

Catch the first season of the all new HBO comedy series HUNG when it premieres on 2 January 2010 on HBO SIGNATURE with two new episodes airing daily from 2 to 6 January at 10pm every night.

Subscribers can also catch the entire first season of HUNG from Monday, 4 January 2010 with two back-to-back episodes every Monday at 10pm on HBO and in high definition on HBO HD. For more play times, log on to www.hboasia.com.

CHARACTERS

RAY DRECKER played by Thomas Jane

In 1984, Ray Drecker owned West Lakefield High: Popular star ball player, destined for great things, admired by the girls and envied by the guys. He married his cheerleading High School sweetheart and they took off for greener pastures. But after an aborted professional career with the Atlanta Braves, Ray, Jessica and their twins returned to the Detroit suburbs for Ray to take a temporary job teaching history at their alma mater, and coaching the school’s varsity basketball team.

The stop-gap turned into a career and two years ago, Jessica dumped him for her dermatologist. Ray moved back to his parents’ rundown lakeside house with the twins. He thought things couldn’t get worse…

TANYA SKAGLE played by Jane Adams

A struggling poet, Tanya works the night shift at a Detroit law firm as a perma-temp proofreader. She knows about Ray’s special talent as the result of their brief encounter after visiting his history class as part of a “Poets in the Schools” program. When they meet again at an entrepreneurial workshop, it is Tanya who reminds Ray of his winning tool.

She offers to help Ray in his new venture for a percentage, while also pursuing her own project: Lyric Bread.

JESSICA HAXON played by Anne Heche

A former beauty queen and cheerleader, Jessica fell hard for Ray in high school and followed him to Florida when he got a baseball scholarship and Atlanta when he was recruited by the Braves. But after he was sidelined by an injury and they had to return to their old hometown, the magic wore thin.

After years struggling as the wife of a public school teacher, Jessica found that who she chose in high school no longer worked for her and found love with Ronnie Haxon, her dermatologist. Following an acrimonious break-up, she and Ray struggle to co-parent their twins.

DAMON DRECKER played by Charlie Saxton

Twin brother to Darby, Damon expresses his individuality through gothic attire. Like most teens, he’s struggling with his sexuality, but in Detroit, with a dad like Ray, he faces perhaps more obstacles to expressing his true self than some of his peers.

Protective of his sister, loyal to his father, Damon’s sensitive side doesn’t necessarily extend to his mother and her new husband, Ronnie.

DARBY DRECKER played by Sianoa Smit-McPhee

Twin sister to Damon, Darby is in the throes of young love, testing boundaries and experiencing heartbreak for the first time with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Hammer.

While she and Damon would ideally rather live with their father than their mother and her new husband, they do struggle with the choice between a house and a tent.

RONNIE HAXON played by Eddie Jemison

A successful dermatologist, Ronnie stole his patient Jessica away from Ray before Ray even realized his wife had a skin condition.

A giving man who’s always willing to remove a mole or inject some Botox for family, he barely flinches when Jessica’s mother moves in, nor does he complain when the twins show up after Ray’s house was on fire.

EPISODIC SYNOPSIS

#101 “PILOT”

Written by: Dmitry Lipkin & Colette Burson Directed by: Alexander Payne

Ray Drecker, the head coach of a varsity basketball team which is on a losing streak, is underpaid, uninsured and embittered that his wife of 20 years left him for her dermatologist. After fire damages his home, his fortunes reach an all time low when his twin children move in with their mom and her new husband. Lonely and at wit’s end, Ray attends a self-help class where the mantra is to identify a personal “winning tool” to market for financial success. With the help of fellow attendee Tanya, the well-endowed Ray sets out to exploit his greatest asset in hopes of changing his fortunes.

#102 “Great Sausage” or “Can I Call You D***?”

Written by: Dmitry Lipkin & Colette Burson Directed by: Craig Zisk

In an effort to market Ray as a high-end “happiness consultant,” Tanya tracks down a former law-firm colleague who agrees to take Ray for a test ride in exchange for the names and numbers of wealthy women. Meanwhile, Jessica’s obsessive behaviour grates on her kids, who push Ray to fix his fire-damaged house. A contractor promises Ray a “wolf pack” discount for repairs, but money mismanagement has Ray strapped for cash. That all could change after Ray’s session with Lenore – or so he and Tanya hope.

#103 “Strange Friends” or “The Truth Is, You’re Sexy”

Written by: Dmitry Lipkin & Colette Burson Directed by: Scott Ellis

Ray’s all-time low fortunes sink further when his nosy neighbour accuses him of public indecency. Fed up with Jessica’s maternal meddling, Damon and Darby yearn to go back to their dad, but progress on the home-repair front remains stalled. Likewise, Ray and Tanya’s frayed partnership seems to be dead in the water – until a last-minute proposal resurrects their dreams.

#104 “THE PICKLE JAR”

Written by: Dmitry Lipkin & Colette Burson Directed by: David Petrarca

West Lakefield students choose “Coach Ray” to be the recipient of their fall fundraising efforts, but Ray sees their pickle-jar donation as an embarrassing metaphor for his downward spiral. All is not lost, however – Tanya has a couple of leads that could jumpstart Ray’s gigolo career. But is Ray ready, willing and able enough to follow through? Meanwhile, Damon is shattered when he rushes to his sister’s defence during drive-in family night, only to learn that Darby doesn’t want his help.

#105 “DO IT, MONKEY!”

Written by: Dmitry Lipkin & Colette Burson Directed by: Bronwen Hughes

Ray is frustrated when an unsatisfied client asks for a do-over of her “damsel in distress” roadside fantasy. With times tight for Ronnie and Jessica, Ray hopes to one-up his ex by promising to buy a car for the twins. Tanya goes on a pity date with Floyd and is surprised by the outcome.

#106 “Doris is Dead” or “Are We Rich Or Are We Poor?”

Written by: Ellie Herman, Colette Burson & Dmitry Lipkin Directed by: Craig Zisk

Still upset about a decision to put down her dog, Jessica confronts Ronnie about their finances, learning that times may not be as tough as he’s made them out to be. After Jemma prods Ray to open up about himself, he gives his basketball team an inspiring pep

#107 “The Rita Flower” or “The Indelible Stench”

Written by: Emily Kapnek Directed by: Jim McKay

Ray’s relationship with Jemma gets murky when he begins to develop real feelings for her. Tanya meets a hipster who sets out to help her get through her writer’s block. Looking to land new clients at a farmer’s market, Ray runs into Jessica, who invites him to dinner with Ronnie and the twins.

#108 “Thith Ith a Prothetic” or “You Come Just Right”

Written by: Brett C. Leonard Directed by: Bronwen Hughes

After standing him up, Jemma tells Ray maybe they should take a break, and Ray seeks out Tanya for advice on women. Attending a family barbeque at Jessica and Ronnie’s, Ray finds himself in an uncomfortable place. After seeing her classified ad, Lenore gives Tanya some unwanted feedback on her marketing strategy, which leads Tanya to take a more personal approach.

#109 “This Is America” or “Fifty Bucks”

Written by: Angela Robinson Directed by: Seith Mann

Tanya is dismayed when a “satisfied” customer says she won’t be using Ray’s services again. Later, Tanya pitches Happiness Consultants to other women in her office, with mixed results. Damon goes to after-school detention to hang out with his androgynous friend Powell, leaving Ray baffled. Lenore gives Ray lessons in branding and, after a chance encounter at a department store, offers Jessica lifestyle advice.

#110 “A D*** and a Dream” or “Fight the Honey”

Written by: Dmitry Lipkin, Colette Burson, Emily Kapnek & Brett C. Leonard Directed by: Dan Attias

Alarmed by a bad omen, Tanya ends up battling Lenore for control of Ray, who is worried about his future after hearing rumours about layoffs at school. As Ronnie flirts with an old flame at work, an unfulfilled Jessica decides her battery needs a jump start. Ray finds a sweet surprise inside his home, courtesy of his local bees and his frisky neighbour. With a new relationship losing steam, Damon turns to Darby for advice and comfort.

SCHEDULE

Two new episodes of HUNG premiere on HBO and in high definition on HBO HD (Cignal HD Ch 50) every Monday at 10pm from 4 JANUARY 2010.

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EPISODES

Monday 4 January 2010 10:00pm Hung 101: “PILOT”
10:45pm Hung 102: “GREAT SAUSAGE” OR “CAN I CALL YOU D***?”
Monday 11 January 2010 10:00pm Hung 103: “STRANGE FRIENDS’ OR ‘THE TRUTH IS, YOU’RE SEXY”
10:30pm Hung 104: “THE PICKLE JAR”
Monday 18 January 2010 10:00pm Hung 105: “DO IT, MONKEY”
10:30pm Hung 106: “DORIS IS DEAD” OR “ARE WE RICH OR ARE WE POOR?”
Monday 25 January 2010 10:00pm Hung 107: “THE RITA FLOWER” OR “THE INDELIBLE STENCH”
10:30pm Hung 108: “THITH ITH A PROTHETIC” OR “YOU COME JUST RIGHT”
Monday 1 February 2010 10:00pm Hung 109: “THIS IS AMERICA” OR “FIFTY BUCKS”
10:30pm Hung 110: “A D*** AND A DREAM” OR “FIGHT THE HONEY”