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...and some more articles/reviews:

 

"...smart comedy about the state of 21st century America in general, as well as

a superb lead performance from Thomas Jane."

 

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.s...all_on_tv\

.html

 

and

 

""Hung" is not about sex. This is about the collapse of the American dream and

absurd measures that some of the fallen must go to."

 

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/ny...0,6455925.story

 

"Jane, an actor best known as the Punisher, is comical as the well-endowed

loser."

 

http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/tv/75922/tv-review-hung

 

 

 

Jen

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a few more

here:

 

"Hung (HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m.) is cable's latest entry in the suburban-rot genre,

joining the likes of Weeds, Breaking Bad, Big Love and The Riches (created by

Hung co-creator Dmitry Lipkin) in peeling back the layers of seemingly placid

suburban life to reveal the drug-dealing/polygamy/con-artistry going on behind

them."

 

http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2009/ju...-dickin-around/

 

and

 

Blogger article with some pix of Hung premiere:

http://thefakenessblog.blogspot.com/2009/0...ne-is-hung.html

 

and

 

Short blurb:

 

"Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson, the show's creators, say that "Hung" is

intended to capture the public insecurity and desperation wrought by the

country's latest economic woes."

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405...1052435092.html

 

and long review from The Wall Street Journal:

 

"The first episodes do move smartly along, abetted by fine performances—Thomas

Jane, stalwart in the role of Ray Drecker, the gigolo-in-training, and Jane

Adams, who provides most of the transforming power the show can boast with her

electric performance as Tanya Skagle, Ray's self-appointed pimp."

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405...4110699822.html

 

 

Jen

 

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So, tonight is the BIG night! :D

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Salon.com has HUNG on it's lead page today as well as a composite shot of TJ & Purefoy (NBC's The Philanthropoist)! It's titled the Studs of Summer. Too funny.

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I enjoyed it. Offbeat as hell. A little strange . . . in a good way. Funny. Absolutely stellar performances top to bottom. I laughed my ass off every time Ray said "fucker". And generally loved seeing such a well made show set in Detroit.

 

Great job Tom. This isn't the kind of role we are used to seeing you in, and I think you hit a home run. I really believed I was watching a high school football coach named Ray living through a world of shit.

 

About 10 minutes in my wife said "This is depressing as hell" at the end she said "We're only watching HBO shows from now on."

 

:)

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GREAT SHOW (in my best Billy Mays voice...)

 

I'm so glad to see Tom in something that shows his depth & subtely. Ray is not an easy character to play straight and Tom keeps an ernest balance between past glory & present pity without sinking into a characture.

 

Ray's modesty about his endowment is what holds this all together. I hope the writers can keep that delicate edge. If so, we have a serious hit on our hands. Pray to the TV longevity gods, for the whiff of syndication is in the air!

 

P.S. I also think its not a coincidence that Tom's best moments are when he's behind the wheel of an automobile.

 

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Tom, really nice work. Great subtlety. Love that the show is both funny and dramatic.

 

And I love Gregg Henry, so I hope we see more of him too.

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Very promising first episode! I think I spotted a pic of Tom from 'Zack And Reba' on Ray's table as well.

 

Bring on more Hung! :)

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Totally, totally enjoyed watching it! :)

 

TJ totally nailed that character and I love the other characters too.

 

If they keep the tone of the pilot - this show will be a definate winner!

 

Well done, Tom!

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Insider article about Hung from the Free Detroit Press - Now this is a great opening for an article!

 

"It's a muggy day as Thomas Jane, the ruggedly beautiful star of HBO's new series "Hung," stands shirtless clutching a cigar on the sidewalk outside American Coney Island in downtown Detroit.

 

Jane, who's shooting the title sequence on an afternoon in late May, looks like a Greek god from the waist up and a middle manager in dress pants and serious shoes from the waist down."

http://www.freep.com/article/20090628/ENT0...aded+golden+boy

 

and

 

IGN.com article - Hanging with the Hung cast:

 

"a grinning Jane remarked, "Most hos try to keep this thing private, but my face is plastered all over the goddamn country, with a big 'Ho' on it. So it's been a little hard to avoid. I was hoping that this would be sort of my night job."

 

http://tv.ign.com/articles/998/998808p1.html

 

 

Review of Hung:

 

"Thomas Jane, who played homerun king Roger Maris in HBO's movie 61, exudes a convincing odor of despair as Ray."

 

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/story/1115426.html

 

and

 

Review:

 

"...the charming, utterly self-deprecating performance by Thomas Jane as Ray. Not many actors could make a guy this pathetic -- even someone who recognizes and even embraces his own pathetic nature -- as likable as he does, nor could many make him seem as human even as he's being such an imbecile in so many ways."

 

http://sepinwall.blogspot.com/2009/06/hung...-tool-shed.html

 

and

 

and TVScreener.com Review - 4 and 1/2 stars out of 5!

 

"Jane is perfect as the still attractive, but downtrodden Ray, a role that could do for him what Breaking Bad has done for Bryan Cranston and what The Shield did for Michael Chiklis, namely giving under-the-radar actors signature roles that allow them to finally showcase how talented they are."

 

http://tvscreener.com/2009/06/review-hung/

 

and

 

another Review

 

"Jane is exceedingly likable as Ray, a former high school stud whose all-American dreams long ago crashed and burned, and Adams brings a decidedly loopy charm to Tanya, a poet who suddenly finds herself in the role of pimp."

 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/c...s-49334407.html

 

 

Jen

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Review at Zap2It.com:

 

"...Jane swings between anger and bewilderment in a mostly endearing way, managing to embody the isolation, fear and still sturdy denial many of us feel in these uncertain times."

 

http://www.zap2it.com/news/zap-hung-review...story?track=rss

 

and

 

Another Review:

 

"Hung is an excellent dark comedy about a man at the end of his rope. Even though he's not taking on the most moral profession out there, you find yourself rooting for this underdog as he tries to earn enough money to put is life back together."

 

http://www.daemonstv.com/2009/06/27/hbos-hung-review/

 

and

 

Another Review:

 

"The tone is droll, even as the script takes a hard look at vanishing white male privilege. And fans of enormous phallic symbols—cranes, baseball bats, etc.—won't be disappointed"

 

http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/articl...p?article=26254

 

and

 

Long LA Times article about 'Hung' speaks to people disillusioned with the American dream

 

"According to its wife-husband co-creators, Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, "Hung" is about the fraying of the American dream and the battered resiliency of the middle class."

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/...,0,270316.story

 

and

 

Interview with actor Charlie Saxton, who plays Ray's son:

 

""As the series goes on, me and the creators and writers tried to make it so it wasn't the typical roll-your-eyes-to-your-father kind of guy, a little more sensitive and more mature than the cliche all teenagers are alike, and we all hate our parents.""

 

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment..._of__Hung_.html

 

and

 

Article about Male Gigolos in Movies; starts with a blurb about Hung and a "Ho - Pimp" billboard pic:

 

http://www.complex.com/blogs/2009/06/26/ho...g-male-gigolos/

 

 

Jen

 

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Here are some more reviews/articles:

 

 

The New York Times Review - Gifted and Talented, in a Grown-Up Way

 

"And the secret to its appeal is not Ray, even though he is ably played by Thomas Jane...“Hung” really comes alive after Mr. Jane teams up with Jane Adams, an actress with the meek looks and loopy charm of Elaine May. She is delightful in the role of Tanya Skagle..."

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/arts/tel...;ref=television

 

and

 

Short article about Hung

 

"Hung is actually a really promising black comedy about a defeated optimist who hits rock bottom. “I used to be a big deal,” states Ray Drecker (played by Thomas Jane – real life husband of Medium’s Patricia Arquette) who starts out living the American dream…"

 

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009...day-tv-hot-list

 

and

 

He's 'Hung,' but HBO show a good mix of drama, humor

 

http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2009/0...e/nh1090209.txt

 

and

 

A.V. Club Review:

 

"The best thing here, surprisingly, is Thomas Jane, one of those movie stars who never happened, now turning to TV parts. Jane’s low-key charisma never quite worked on the big screen, where current male lead parts require someone with a bit more spark, but as a TV everyman, he’s surprisingly charismatic, turning Ray’s every word and move into what feel like last-ditch options, the things someone would do when backed into a corner. Jane’s easy-going nature and the brutal sense of disappointment he projects as the character makes the idea that Ray would come to the idea of becoming a prostitute so easily work almost better than it should."

 

http://www.avclub.com/articles/hung-pilot,29759/

 

and

 

Article about the Ray character:

 

" I like Ray because he's humble and guided by rationality."

 

http://www.examiner.com/x-12184-Detroit-TV...2009m6d29-draft

 

and

 

 

"we find ourselves curiously intrigued as to whether or not Thomas Jane’s Ray will be able to keep things strictly professional with his new business partner, poet/pimp Tanya..."

 

http://thetvaddict.com/2009/06/29/you-be-the-critic-hung/

 

 

Jen

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Homerun, TJ!!!

 

I LOVED this! It wasn't what I expected at all, but I was surprised in a very good way. I didn't expect the show to have so much charm and heart. Ray is a totally lovable character, and the way Thomas imbues him with so many layers is amazing. It would be easy to see him as a sap and have to resist the urge to tell him to grow a pair. But he is so charming and affable that you just have to root for the guy. At the end of the episode, I found myself excitedly anticipating the next episode, because I was hooked. I have to know now what happens to him, and how, or if, he manages to turn his life around.

 

That, to me, is the mark of a great television show- one that draws you in and makes you empathize with the characters to the point that you want to come back and find out more about them, and see what happens to them.

 

IMO, very few shows in television history have succeeded in doing that, and this looks like it could be one of them.

 

 

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Review of Hung:

 

"Thomas Jane, who played homerun king Roger Maris in HBO's movie 61, exudes a convincing odor of despair as Ray."

 

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/story/1115426.html

 

Well. I probably won't get to see HUNG until it comes out on DVD. However, I have seen 61*. It's pretty obvious this reviewer has not.

 

The reviews sound great and I'm looking forward to seeing this series on DVD eventually.

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I enjoyed it. Offbeat as hell. A little strange . . . in a good way. Funny. Absolutely stellar performances top to bottom. I laughed my ass off every time Ray said "fucker". And generally loved seeing such a well made show set in Detroit.

 

OMG! I thought the same thing! That was a scream the way he would say fucker at the end of every sentence, especially when he was talking about someone he didn't like! :lol: Not just that he would say, it, but the way he said it was what made it hysterical.

 

I think my favorite part of the episode was when Tanya called him

an egotistical asshole right after they had sex, and immediately said "I have to change my sheets!"

as if that somehow made a difference, lol!

And the mother-in-law line was a hoot too! I don't want to spoil it too much for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but that one had me rolling!

 

Oh, FYI, don't go to IMDb and tell anyone you like this show. I did and I was accused of whoring for HBO and called a liar within 24 hours after seeing it for the first time. Honestly, the internet is the love of my life and bane of my existence. I wish there was a button that you could push whenever you run into assholes on the internet that would blow up their computer. ;)

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I wish there was a button that you could push whenever you run into assholes on the internet that would blow up their computer. ;)

 

That would be a very useful thing indeed! :lol:

 

Imdb is a sad place. I think it's a gathering place for people who just enjoy slagging things off for the hell of it.

 

I haven't bothered reading any comments on Hung on imdb.

 

I know what I like and I LOVE Hung. :P

 

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More news...

 

This was already posted in Detroit Free Press article, but interesting quote from Tom:

 

"“In a strange way, I think Ray is America . . . in that he's a real man who has an innate talent,” explained Jane, making the juxtaposition that his character fell from grace, but is slowly coming around despite economical issues."

 

http://www.thecelebritycafe.com/features/29649.html

 

and

 

Best Week Ever Snarks on Hung

 

"Thomas Jane was fine, although — and I know I’ve said this before and it’s becoming less and less of a joke each time — I’d almost rather actually watch the series Homeless Dad."

 

http://www.bestweekever.tv/2009-6-29/hbos-...dck-of-a-pilot/

 

and

 

"The Sunday premiere was watched by a total of 3.7 million viewers (after replay numbers were added in)..."

 

http://blogs.nypost.com/tv/archives/2009/0...g_delivers.html

 

 

Jen

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...and a blogger's comments:

 

"The titular character is played by Thomas Jane, who's always been about an 11 out of 10 on the cuteness meter, and I think he'll be able to hold this series down and keep me interested."

 

http://susandiplacido.blogspot.com/2009/06...d-to-blood.html

 

and

 

a looong, interesting, thoughtful blogger review of Hung and its cultural implications (sorta):

 

"...while the title may seem to refer to that part of the show at first, it is the way that Ray has been hung out to dry by life that it’s actually interested in."

 

http://memles.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/ser...ere-hung-pilot/

 

 

 

Jen

 

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Best Week Ever Snarks on Hung

 

"Thomas Jane was fine, although — and I know I’ve said this before and it’s becoming less and less of a joke each time — I’d almost rather actually watch the series Homeless Dad."

 

Mind you I don't think I even count this one when one of first comments he states is:

 

– An HBO show about a male prostitute premieres without a single boob in the pilot??

 

Nothing like an open mind when seeing a show for the first time...

 

 

 

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Insider article about Hung from the Free Detroit Press - Now this is a great opening for an article!

 

"It's a muggy day as Thomas Jane, the ruggedly beautiful star of HBO's new series "Hung," stands shirtless clutching a cigar on the sidewalk outside American Coney Island in downtown Detroit.

 

Jane, who's shooting the title sequence on an afternoon in late May, looks like a Greek god from the waist up and a middle manager in dress pants and serious shoes from the waist down."

 

This IS a great opening, ruggedly beautiful, come on! - as well as all the other clips quoted by Jen. I love the notion of Greek god from the waist up, middle manager from waist down. I think that fits the tone perfectly! B)

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