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HBO Schedules Some Intense Treatment

I'm excited about In Treatment, the forthcoming HBO show starring Gabriel Byrne as a psychotherapist who is in therapy himself — but it's going to take over my life. See, HBO recently released its schedule for the show, and it's ... intense.

The show will air half-hour episodes five times a week for nine weeks. That's a total of 45 episodes — double the number a regular series airs in nine months.

Each night of the week will focus on a different patient for the duration of the series. One patient's story will always air on Mondays, another on Tuesdays, and so on; on Fridays, Byrne's character takes the couch with his own therapist (Dianne Wiest). The other stars, by the way, include Melissa George, Blair Underwood, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Charles, and Embeth Davidtz. Since that adds up to six patients total, I assume one of them is a couples session. (In a pretty cool twist, HBO Select will be airing the sessions at their "actual" times — so if a patient's session is always Mondays at 9 a.m., that's when you'll see the episode.)

This series could be awesome — it has a cool concept, and it's written by a Big Love and Six Feet Under writer and produced by Mark Wahlberg. I really want to like it. But 45 episodes over nine weeks? That's more intense than a college course! What do you think? Would you be willing to watch something like In Treatment — or are you intimidated before it's even begun?


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marcella marcella 9 years
As much as I love Gabriel Byrne, I don't know if I'll be tuning in for every episode. I'll try the first one, though!
cvd cvd 9 years
i'm all for it. i don't think i could honestly watch that much tv if it wasn't for tivo - i would much prefer to catch up on something like this than sit down and waste an hour looking for something good. but i love the idea of something so different, tv is so stagnant recently it is nice to see something new and fresh, i will definitely be watching.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I want to watch it, but that is way too much TV. I simply don't have room for that in my schedule, and with all the TV that I watch already it would fill up my TiVo awful quick. There's no way I'd be able to stay on top of this. Too bad- I love Six Feet and Big Love...
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
That is too much for me. I'll catch it OnDemand since I don't have Tivo.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
If I had HBO I would tivo this and watch it. It sound like it has alot of potential, but they really sho9uld have thought about the effectiveness of their schedule.
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
Mama mia, thatsa lotta tv. Millers Crossing is one of my fave films, so I'm a big Byrne fan. (Josh Charles from Sports Night can be pretty awesome, too.) Like Linda, I'll def. check it out in the beginning and decide from there if I want to continue tuning in.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
The show sounds so interesting, but the time commitment seems daunting. I'll probably watch some in the first week and then decide how much of my life I can devote to others' lives and problems.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
um. wow? as a counseling student I'm very intrigued, but unfortunately I don't have HBO... even if I did have HBO i have a job, school and social life. How could anyone ever commit to this show??
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I will definately check it out at least once to see how good it is!
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