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.
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
+ Expand All
Dec. 18, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST
should star an asian actor... just sayin
Dec. 18, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST
first. fuck i hate those people. now i am those people.
Dec. 18, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST
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
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
Dec. 18, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST
by Willyer Hero
...Like a horse. Horses are hung like me.
Dec. 18, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST
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
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
Best... show... ever...
Dec. 18, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST
..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
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
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST
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
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
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST
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
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
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
would be much funnier with Adam West
Dec. 18, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST
for new Punisher movie. Wow did that suck.
Dec. 18, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST
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
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
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 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
This Tom Jane cock show honestly sounds lame.
Dec. 18, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST
as you suggest. work has already begun on season 4 & season 5.
Dec. 18, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST
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
by THE KNIGHT
Dec. 18, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST
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
...Is that 9.9 earthquake going to hit California! There is no God!
Dec. 18, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST
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
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
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
This sounds lame.
Dec. 18, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST
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
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
Someone should hire him to helm a show...at least it would be itnteresting
Dec. 18, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST
...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
There is no justice in the world.
Dec. 18, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST
Never a good sign.
Dec. 18, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST
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
. . . 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
by I am the most horrible
And the well-endowed are HUNG...executed criminals are HANGED.
Dec. 18, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST
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
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
by Damien Chowder
Dec. 18, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST
"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
will have the base of the letter "U" drop lower than the "H-N-G"...
Dec. 18, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST
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
is he a porn star or a prostitute?
Dec. 18, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST
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
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
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
and they was right
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST
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
Arrgh! I fucked up my joke that wasn't that funny to begin with!
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST
seriously only watching cause of jane.
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST
Sounds pretty faithful to the book which is a very good sign. http://winte r-is-coming.blog spot.com/
Dec. 18, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST
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
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
Just found out that Majel Barrett Rodenberry passed away.
Dec. 18, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST
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
...there is an undue emphasis on sexuality. - Emerte.
Dec. 18, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST
<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
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
but I was going o call the show SCHLONG!
Dec. 18, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST
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
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
Make him a Catholic priest who has to hide his identity as a porno actor and call the show Bigger Love.
Your wish has been granted! [YOURS. Not mine.]
Your wish has been granted! [YOURS. Not mine.]
Your wish has been granted! [YOURS. Not mine.]
Dec. 18, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST
I am a failure @ AICN... and in life.
Dec. 18, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST
Al Swearengen needs to cut some cocksucking throats at HBO.
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST
In the TV Series Coupling, this was one of numerous subplots.
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST
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
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
Best porn name ever!!!
Dec. 19, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST
They can call it: HOLE!
Dec. 19, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST
by The Alienist
...I'm intrigued. And have a semi...
Dec. 19, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST
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
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
by Cotton McKnight
Dec. 20, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST
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
by alice 13
its on fox news channels and its called sean hannity.
Dec. 20, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST
about the life and times of that Idol contestant from a couple o' years back...
Dec. 20, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST
Dec. 20, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST
oOOH Baby... She moves... she moves!
Dec. 20, 2008, 11:20 p.m. CST
Unless it stars Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Now THERE'S a big black dick!
Dec. 21, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST
Just so I can put "Crank" and "Snatch" on the same marquee.<br>
Sept. 11, 2009, 2 a.m. CST
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.
- HERCULES ON THE RADIO!! Ain’t It Cool’s TV Critic Chats Up BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER / ED WOOD Icon (And Hollywood Royalty) Juliet Landau!! Listen And Call In LIVE Saturday 10pm PT / Sunday 1am ET!! -- 356 total posts 329 posts
- ‘He’s Worse Than Anybody!!’ Sunday Brings HBO’s Season Finale Of TRUE DETECTIVE!! -- 14 total posts 14 posts
- ‘We Got Six Bullets!!’ Sunday Brings WALKING DEAD 4.13!! -- 9 total posts 9 posts
- Fox Renews For Next Season THE MINDY PROJECT, THE FOLLOWING, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE And NEW GIRL!! -- 61 total posts 7 posts
- Quint eats up Jon Favreau's CHEF, opening night flick of SXSW 2014! -- 34 total posts 6 posts
- Harry shares Day 1 of SXSW which stars Jon Favreau's utterly delicious CHEF!!! -- 135 total posts 6 posts
- Darker ZORRO Reboot Finds its Writer! -- 257 total posts 4 posts
- Michael Fassbender makes experimental music from behind a giant papier-mache head in this trailer for FRANK! -- 57 total posts 4 posts
- Learn What Happens Next On HBO’s GAME OF THRONES!! -- 140 total posts 3 posts
- Hercules Says RESURRECTION Is Easily The Best Broadcast Pilot Of The 2013-14 Season And ABC’s Best Pilot In Years!! -- 3 total posts 3 posts