Future uncertain for upcoming HBO series
HBO’s upcoming Lily Tomlin series “12 Miles of Bad Road” has hit a bumpy patch.Six episodes of the skein were written before the writers strike, and production shut down after those episodes were shot. HBO originally ordered 10 segs of the skein; the cabler said it’s now in discussions with series exec producers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason on how to proceed. As with several new shows at other networks that saw orders interrupted by the strike, it’s unclear now whether the remaining “12 Miles” segs will be produced. Hourlong comedy revolves around a Dallas real estate agent and her family. Cast also includes Mary Kay Place and Gary Cole. Meanwhile, HBO is busy pulling out all the scheduling stops to expose more viewers to its critically acclaimed new entry “In Treatment.” All this week HBO2 is airing the first four weeks’ worth of episodes, from 10 p.m. to midnight. Also, HBO Signature will begin airing “In Treatment” episodes Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 24. The digital channel will run a full week’s worth of half-hour segs, back to back, starting with the five episodes from week one on Feb. 24, the five segs from week two on March 2 and so on. HBO which airs new episodes Monday through Friday at 9:30 p.m. Show runs for a total of nine weeks. “In Treatment” stars Gabriel Byrne as a therapist; each night features him with a different patient, played by Melissa George (Mondays), Blair Underwood (Tuesdays), Mia Wasikowska (Wednesdays) and Josh Charles and Embeth Davidtz (Thursdays). Dianne Wiest plays Byrne’s therapist on Friday segs.