HBO has finally released the on-air schedule of “In Treatment,” the most logistically complicated original series in the 35-year history of the network.
Starring Gabriel Byrne as a psychotherapist, “In Treatment” consists of five characters in one-on-one sessions as patients with their analyst; the five get nine half-hours apiece for their story arcs, for a total of 45 episodes.
Beginning on Monday, Jan. 28, at 9:30 p.m., the episode featuring the first of the five patients kicks off and runs for the next eight Mondays. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the second patient stretches out on the couch and bares his soul for a total of nine Tuesdays. The same pattern holds for Wednesdays and Thursdays. The difference on Fridays is that the analyst himself will become the patient in a training analysis, with Dianne Wiest as his psychiatrist.
Beginning with week two of the series, the first week’s appropriate half-hour will be repeated each night at 9 as a lead-in to the new episode.
HBO2 will also run “In Treatment” on the same day two hours later than its HBO sibling, at 11:30 p.m. And, like HBO, week two will feature the repeat of the previous week’s episode for that day, at 11 p.m.
For people who want to watch the episodes back-to-back, HBO2 will play them in sequence every Saturday from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and HBO will play them in a block on Sunday night from 6:30 to 9.
In addition, HBO On Demand will preview all five of that week’s shows, eventually making the entire 45-episode season available through April 21.
HBO Entertainment is the producer. The excecutive producers are Hagai Levi (who created the original Israeli series on which “In Treatment” is based), Rodrigo Garcia, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and Noa Tishby.
The other stars are Josh Charles, Embeth Davidtz, Melissa George, Balir Underwood and Mia Wasikowska.