If you're planning to be "In Treatment" with HBO, be warned: The schedule will be a rigorous one.
The premium-cable network has set a premiere date for its ambitious drama series, which follows a therapist named Paul (Gabriel Byrne) as he counsels several patients while undergoing psychotherapy himself. It will debut at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday, Jan. 28 and run for nine weeks.
And by "nine weeks," we mean nine whole weeks. The half-hour show, based on an Israeli series also called "In Treatment," will run Monday through Friday, with each night devoted to one of Paul's patients. That patient's episodes will air on the same night over the course of the show's 45-episode run.
"'In Treatment' is a unique series that requires a unique scheduling strategy," says David Baldwin, head of program planning at HBO. "We are maximizing the exposure of this exciting new show in order to offer our subscribers the widest possible choice of viewing options, and the opportunity to stay engaged with the series for its entirety."
The show also stars Melissa George ("Alias"), Blair Underwood ("Dirty Sexy Money"), Mia Wasikowska, Josh Charles ("Sports Night"), Embeth Davidtz ("Junebug," "Bridget Jones's Diary") and Dianne Wiest ("Law & Order," "Dan in Real Life"), who plays Paul's doctor.
Starting with the show's second week, reruns of the previous week's episode for that day will air prior to new installments. HBO On Demand will preview the full week's worth of shows each Monday, and HBO Signature will air the episodes at the same time as the appointments for each patient: 9 a.m. Mondays for George, 10 a.m. Tuesdays for Underwood, 4 p.m. Wednesdays for Wasikowska, 6 p.m. Thursday for Davidtz and Charles and 7 p.m. Friday for Wiest.
Rodrigo Garcia ("Six Feet Under," "Big Love") is executive producing the show with Mark Wahlberg ("Entourage"), Stephen Levinson and Hagai Levi, who created the Israeli series.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times