Lily Tomlin will
star in an hour-long comedy series for HBO, created by
husband-and-wife producers Harry Thomason and Linda
Bloodworth-Thomason of Designing Women and
Evening Shade sitcom fame.
announced Monday it has ordered a new half-hour drama from
Entourage executive producer Mark Wahlberg that
will star Gabriel Byrne.
The comedy, 12
Miles of BadRoad, features Tomlin as Amelia Shakespeare,
head of a real estate company and matriarch of a
wealthy Dallas family, HBO officials said Monday.
In the pilot Mary
Kay Place plays Amelia's sister and Leslie Jordan plays
a cousin. An air date has yet to be set, and HBO didn't
indicate how many episodes of the show it had ordered.
in 2006's A Prairie Home Companion, the last
film released by director Robert Altman before his
death. The actress-comedian has appeared in TV series
including The West Wing and Will &Grace.
Bloodworth-Thomason gained attention for more than their
sitcom successes: They're longtime friends of former
president Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
and produced Democratic convention films for Bill
Clinton, including 1992's The Man FromHope.
The drama in the
works for HBO is InTreatment, based on an Israeli series titled InTherapy. HBO has ordered 40 half-hour episodes,
starring Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Vanity
Fair) as a therapist. The pilot's cast included
Embeth Davidtz, Dianne Wiest, and Blair Underwood.
In Israel the
series aired five nights a week, with each episode focusing
on a counseling session with one or two of the therapist's
regular patients. HBO did not indicate whether its
series would air the same way.
An air date for
In Treatment has yet to be set, HBO
officials said. (AP)
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