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HBO Takes Penis
Sitcom To Series!!

I am – Hercules!!
Thomas Jane is ready to become a different kind of punisher. HBO is taking to series “Hung,” its pilot about a high school basketball coach (Jane) who decides to use his gargantuan penis to make ends meet, as it were. “The Riches” vets Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson created the series, likely to hit the channel in June. Alexander Payne, who masterminded “Election,” “About Schmidt” and “Sideways,” directed the pilot. Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by GavinVanDraven

    should star an asian actor... just sayin

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by GavinVanDraven

    first. fuck i hate those people. now i am those people.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Dear God

    by Playhouse

    When is this joke going to finally be called off? I can't believe they're really running with this.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Uhhh...Hollywood... More remakes please.

    by worldofwarcraft

    I mean, at least remakes take an something of some value as a starting point. This kind of stuff...ugh. HBO, what happened? (Though Jonah on Summer Heights is the shit.)

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    That title was the funniest thing I've read in awhile.

    by SlickyVonBoner

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I'm not hung...

    by Willyer Hero

    ...Like a horse. Horses are hung like me.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    this gets greenlit?

    by blckmgk13

    and pushing daisies gets canceled. Don't get me wrong. I am not a Tom Jane hater, but fuck this is dumb.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    sounds like

    by GavinVanDraven

    a show for white supremacists. hung like a black man...?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Uh yeah, maybe if that were the title but it's not so what the fuck are you talking about

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by DisneyFanatic

    Best... show... ever...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Horribly offended..

    by billypilgrimisunstuck

    ..considering that my penis is small.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    I can believe that this series got greenlit, but it's tough to believe that Tom Jane didn't have any better offers on the table.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    So, Tom...

    by DisneyFanatic

    As your agent, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't tell you about all the offers that you have on the table. There is this one HBO show...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Mine is bigger.

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by MaxCalifornia.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    HBO - We're Shocking! Look How Shocking & Risque We Are!

    by FilmCritic3000

    Honestly, do they even care about making a decent series anymore? These days it seems like they're a middle schooler who just discovered profanity. (And I say this as someone who likes "Entourage", "True Blood" (sort of), "Flight of the Conchords", and "Real Time with Bill Maher".)

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    i'll give it a chance

    by Toe Jam

    alexander payne's involvement sells me on this, but it's still going to be awkward watching it with my girlfriend. kind of like how i don't like watching most porn with her because of the huge schlongs. hope thomas jane isn't afraid of being typecast after this. and isn't it fitting that he was in "boogie nights" years ago?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    the name makes me LOL

    by BurgerKing

    Clever FUCKS

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST

    However at this rate Showtime is gonna eat HBO for breakfast

    by BurgerKing

    Awesome shows like Dexter, Californication and people seem to like Tudors are going to dominate HBOs wacky choices lately after they lost their heavy hitters known as Sopranos and The Wire

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Does he do porn.....

    by pdennett316

    or just whip it out on street corners for a few bucks? <p> I'd watch the show if he used his gargantuan member to pole vault, or fight crime - tripping criminals from across the street and so forth.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Knob Cheese

    by pokadoo

    Actually, if Alexander Payne is involved, i'm interested.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by The Amazing G

    is it gonna deal with "male issues" as opposed to Sex And The City dealing with"female issues" or something?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    "Hey, baby. Want some Adam West penis?"

    by br1947

    would be much funnier with Adam West

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Jane should have fought harder

    by Dazzler69

    for new Punisher movie. Wow did that suck.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Thomas Jane just wants his Kids Back

    by Timahh

    oh and i wont make an opinion on this show until i've seen an episode. Reall lame and flacid premise, but i like tom jane, so i'll wait until i see it.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    So, if HBO picks up this and doesn't pick up...

    by ICantBelieveIRegistered

    A Song of Ice and Fire to series, I'll never watch HBO again. I'm really looking forward to this show. Ice and Fire. Not Hung.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    A bunch of babies

    by cocolopez

    I'll never watch HBO again, I'm cancelling my subscription, Blowtime is the new HBO, Blowtime is kicking HBO's ass- blah blah blah bitch moan cry whimper. The only Showtime show on HBO's level is finished this weekend- for good. As for Dexter- it's entertaining- but it's TV for idiots. There is nothing left to the imagination due to Dexter's voice-over and Harry's magical appearances- and EACH season is the same rehashed plotline- someone learns Dexter's secret and wants to get close to him- and Dexter kills them (Ice Truck Killer, Lila, Miguel) and yet Dexter freaks sit there mesmerized on the edge of their seats like they really don't know what's behind each corner. What's behind each corner is the giant cock of mediocrity waiting to bludgeon your forehead.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    HBO is trying so hard not to be irrelevant

    by palewook

    hbo has become the chix that won't shut up. starved for attention and will do anything for attention. <p> HBO needs to put its panties back on. and stop pulling a spears.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    BUT yeah

    by cocolopez

    This Tom Jane cock show honestly sounds lame.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    cocolopez. dexter isn't done for good.

    by palewook

    as you suggest. work has already begun on season 4 & season 5.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    Showtime was really the channel that was always starved for attention- Queer as Folk, Gay Duck, The L Word, a show about a suburban mom selling weed! a show about a serial killer! - they've always tried soooooo hard to be cutting edge. HBO needs to be relevant? You watch the emmys of any given year and then try telling me that with a straight face.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Payne got the Ball rolling


    get it?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    as I suggest?

    by cocolopez

    I didn't suggest that Dexter was done for good. The show that is on HBO's level that is finishing for good this weekend is BROTHERHOOD. I didn't mention the name of the show because it's honestly not worth the effort anymore- it's like trying to draw blood out of a stone. No one watches it, I'd be surprised if it gets a talkback for the fianl episode, and even Showtime doesn't give a shit and didn't run ads for the last two seasons.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    When in the world...

    by Dead_Geek

    ...Is that 9.9 earthquake going to hit California! There is no God!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    The Obligatory Song of Ice and Fire post

    by WerePlatypus

    The pilot is filming right now, and all of you want it to be picked up. YOU want to see it right now. It will own your ass. You will fucking love it.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    If Alexander Payne is involved, I'll check this out. He's a terrific director and a creative guy, so I have a feeling "Hung" won't just be about the penis. It'll probably be mostly about all the other stuff.<p> I'm skeptical about the show's name and subject, but I hope it'll be good.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    I and F

    by Cobbio

    Oh, and WerePlatypus, I'm with you there. I definitely can't wait to see "Song of Ice and Fire."

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by alice 13

    or an uninspired forgettable failure that feels impotent and limp on arrival?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    HBO should have moved on Swingtown.

    by Christopher3

    This sounds lame.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Alexander Payne's involvement has got me curious

    by skimn

    but if this had Chuck Palahniuk attached to it, it could've been really special. I could just imagine what he'd do with that premise.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    After the fuck-fest that is True Blood...

    by Fawst

    this is a natural evolution. From blood suckers to blood fillers...<br><br>Meanwhile, I fucking LOVE True Blood.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Chuck Palahniuk

    by Uncle_Pooch

    Someone should hire him to helm a least it would be itnteresting

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I Understand Thomas Jane Needs A Wheelbarrel When He Walks Aroun

    by PoppaRotzi

    ...thank you...thank you...I'll be here all week...don't forget to tip your waiter!...try the veal...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    So this gets made...and PREACHER doesn't...

    by Hookman

    There is no justice in the world.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Does Patricia Arquette limp when she walks?

    by skimn

    Just askin'

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    This concept actually was used in a cut scene from Kung Pow

    by ricarleite

    Never a good sign.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    "I Just Want My Kids Back!!!"

    by TallBoy66

    Please say that at least once, Tom Jane. Please, please, please. Also, keep this concept for about 5 minutes and then have him just get a shotgun and kill crooks. And call it The Punisher.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Actually, I'd rather have this fucking my eyeballs . . .

    by gruntybear

    . . . than "Avatar." It'd be a bit more honest, wouldn't you say? Seriously, are you boys THAT AFRAID of another man's penis? Really? No wonder this country is still in the dark ages when it comes to issues of sexuality.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    You never know who'll get one

    by I am the most horrible

    And the well-endowed are HUNG...executed criminals are HANGED.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Remember Carnivale and Deadwood and how awesome they were?

    by Johnny Smith

    Yeah, me too. Remember how they were canceled because they were too expensive? Yeah, me too. BUT WHO CARES WHEN THE PUNISHER'S COCK IS FUCKING YOUR EYEBALLS IN 2009?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Better title: "Tom Jane and his GIANT WANG!"

    by TallBoy66

    Theme song: "Tra la la la la la, Gi-ant Wang! Tra la la la la la, Gi-ant Wang! Tra la la la la la, Gi-ant Waaaaaaannnnnnggggg!"

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    1.5 season at best.

    by Damien Chowder

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    how to get lots of press coverage without spending $$

    by ArcadianDS

    "Gentlemen, instead of creating and supporting good shows, lets make one that is cheap, hastily slapped together, but is so controversial that the press CANNOT ignore us anymore. Lets hear your ideas..."<p> "we could televise live abortions!"<p> "not bad not bad - but look at the past election. Abortion isn't much of a hot button anymore."<p> "I have it sir! A show about a fictional CEO of a fictional auto manufacturer who cheats and steals and lies to continue to pad his personal empire! Thats all the rage now-a-days."<p> "I like it, but our parent company happens to be run by that CEO, so we can't do it. anything else?" "how about a show about a white guy who just has sex all the time? Like a Sex in the City for Dudes?"<p> "Is he gay?"<p> "well.. I ... maybe?"<p> "no good. he'd have to be gay. And we already cornered the market on controversial gay programming. We made it main-stream, which means its no longer newsworthy. C'mon boys - there's 4 billion dollars of bonuses between us? Cant any of you come up with something?"<p> "a guy with a massive erection?"<p> "I like it - but whats so controversial?"<p> "he works at a high school. As a gym coach."<p> "I can smell the newspaper ink already! Lets go with it, Someone whip out a sample script and get some equipment ready - we'll shoot something tomorrown and air it next Tuesday.<p> oh and alert the New York Times and the 700 Club. I want them both ready to rant the moment this hits the airwaves."

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Anyone want to bet the title graphic

    by skimn

    will have the base of the letter "U" drop lower than the "H-N-G"...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by mrgreentheplant

    very astute. and the image on the dvd cover will probably be a baseball bat with two basketballs. they may as well name this show GIANT DICK for all the subtlety theyve been showing lately

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    enough with the vague bullshit

    by punto

    is he a porn star or a prostitute?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a Showtime show

    by Doggus47

    Or skinimax. I have a sick feeling all the nudity will be male, to make it edgy and artsy. Or middle-aged lonely female.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    You're 110% fucking right. That's why it sounds lame- because it sounds like some Showtime Diary of a Call Girl bullshit. HBO is usually more "on the ball" (nudge nudge wink wink rolling eyes, whatever). I also think Jane couldn't act his way through a white lie- he's forking horrendous. Bring on the Winter season of Conchords, East Bound and Down and Big Love. I need to see more Margene- she gives me tremendous aching boner.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    This is a joke right?

    by Angelus_420

    I know I'm the first person to beg for original programming over crappy remakes of old shows but come one really!?! A show about a guy and his cock? Very weak!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    they said you was hung

    by longcoldstare

    and they was right

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    They passed on Preacher for this?

    by OBSD

    Who the fuck thought that this would be a good idea? Oh, yeah. Dana Gould's wife. What is wrong with LA? What the fuck is in the coke over there? Beach?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Bleach, not Beach

    by OBSD

    Arrgh! I fucked up my joke that wasn't that funny to begin with!

  • seriously only watching cause of jane.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    There's a Song of Ice and Fire pilot script review at 'winter is

    by skycrapper

    Sounds pretty faithful to the book which is a very good sign. http://winte

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    dexter is the best show on tv

    by GavinVanDraven

    hands down. plot twist after plot twist, cliffhanger after cliffhanger, building momentum all season long. then an awesome climax. and then a cigarette, cuz.... damn. that was the SHIT! i work in a video store... this show gets rented out quick. generally speaking, a customer will try the first disc one day... come back and rent the rest of season 1 AND 2 the next day... thats addictive television.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Sounds funny

    by dejectedgeek

    I for one, really enjoy Thomas Jane as an actor, so to see him in this weird Boogie Nights/Weeds mix kinda show seems very appealing. HBO really needs to step it up a bit after losing The Wire

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Pardon the Intrusion

    by NudeandAroused

    Just found out that Majel Barrett Rodenberry passed away.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    FilmCritic3000 FTW

    by cowboyone

    He's right. It is pretty pathetic. They pass on Mad Men and make shit like this?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    in the absence of creativity...

    by readyoufool

    ...there is an undue emphasis on sexuality. - Emerte.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    How the mighty hath fallen!

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>Ahh, HBO, you just don't get it anymore, do you?</p> <p>I'm sorry to hear about Brotherhood, it was a good show. Haven't watched this season yet, but I will be soon. I'm not sure why every channel decided to run their shows in the fall this year. Whatever happened to running off season shows so that I have a chance to keep up? They've even bunched it all up on Sunday and Monday. I thought they wanted us to TiVo less.</p>

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    You all have little dicks, right?

    by Nohomo

    That's why you're all bitching about this show being greenlit? Since it might change culture and make people even more interested in men with large penises? I am excited about this show! From what I've read about it, I think the story will go great. I am hyped about it. I hope it's like weeds, but with more penis.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Damn, they took my idea.

    by Roketopunch

    but I was going o call the show SCHLONG!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    I have the smallest dick on earth, and I'm not bitching at all... So in defense to all tiny dicks outthere, I please urge you to look for another explanation to the bile on display. May I suggest angrybasementdwellingnerdsyndrome?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    From the network that brought you Mind of a Married Man

    by Mgmax

    But not, apparently, the one that brought you The Sopranos, Deadwood or Rome. That one's dead.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    A better name would be.........

    by GreatCzarsGhost

    Make him a Catholic priest who has to hide his identity as a porno actor and call the show Bigger Love.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Full frontal, gents! Dudity!

    by thebearovingian

    Your wish has been granted! [YOURS. Not mine.]

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Full frontal, gents! Dudity!

    by thebearovingian

    Your wish has been granted! [YOURS. Not mine.]

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Full frontal, gents! Dudity!

    by thebearovingian

    Your wish has been granted! [YOURS. Not mine.]

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Damn it! I was going for a quintuple post.

    by thebearovingian

    I am a failure @ AICN... and in life.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    How low can they sink?

    by dzot

    Al Swearengen needs to cut some cocksucking throats at HBO.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    The British already did this (sort of)

    by Shan

    In the TV Series Coupling, this was one of numerous subplots.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    I should sue

    by I Dunno

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, really?!

    by KillerTomato

    So, HBO'll greenlight this turd, which sounds like it might "Lucky Louie" levels of awful, but they couldn't pull the trigger on a third season of Carnivale?! Pretty sure now that they need to drop the "It's not TV. It's HBO." slogan now, because idiot moves like this one sound EXACTLY like typical TV thinking.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Bring back Deadwood!

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Has anyone said that yet?

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    MAKE IT SO............

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Jane's character's porn name should be 'Richard Tingle'

    by Stabby

    Best porn name ever!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    How about a show about CUNT??????????

    by crackerfarmboy

    They can call it: HOLE!

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    As a gay man...

    by The Alienist

    ...I'm intrigued. And have a semi...

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    OBSD: They passed on Preacher for this?

    by Damien Chowder

    That just gave me seething rage!!!! I will explode an idiot bomb on the whole world now!

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Soon to be extremely overrated

    by Larry Sellers

    As a guy, it's not the penis I'm afraid of, it's the concept. Pretty low-brow. Though I don't put it past Payne who was involved with Chuck and Larry. Even in Election and Sideways he dipped into that type of humor which is lame and dried up no matter who is writing. I don't put this past HBO either. They're quickly becoming a typical network, just throwing shit at the wall and seeing what sticks (True Blood fucking blows, Big Love has been stretched too far, The Life and Times of Tim is a poor rip-off of half of Adult Swim's inventory). HBO now fits in with even the worst of Hollywood and network television.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Ends meet. I get it!

    by Cotton McKnight

    ho ho.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    well it cant be as bad as his Punisher movie?

    by Prossor

    but did that load REEK. thakn goodness for this new one where he actually, you know, punishes people instead of crying about what happened and sticking popsickle sticsk in people while suckolta is given more screentime.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    @ crackerfarmboy - they already have one.

    by alice 13

    its on fox news channels and its called sean hannity.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I thought "HUNG" was supposed to be a bio-pic...

    by dihay

    about the life and times of that Idol contestant from a couple o' years back...

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    HBO seems to take the penis quite often...

    by dihay

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by DisneyFanatic

    oOOH Baby... She moves... she moves!

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 11:20 p.m. CST

    It shouldn't be called "HUNG"...

    by DallasGoodbar

    Unless it stars Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Now THERE'S a big black dick!

  • Dec. 21, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    I want to open my own movie theater...

    by Clavius

    Just so I can put "Crank" and "Snatch" on the same marquee.<br>

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    Dexter, TV for Idiots??

    by TheRealStory

    I believe the quality of a show isn't about what you cannot anticipate. (as for me, i can predict just about any show i watch, i do it all the time)..but more about the enjoyment and satisfaction you get from watching it.