HBO Orders Comedy Anthology Series from Duplass Brothers

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HBO is staying in business with the Duplass brothers, ordering yet another comedy series from the duo.

Room 104,” an anthology comedy series that is set in a single room of an average American hotel, has been greenlit for a 2017, HBO announced on Thursday. The show is described as telling a different story of the assorted characters who pass through the room in each episode.

“Room 104” comes after HBO cancelled the Duplass brothers’ comedy “Togetherness” after two seasons earlier this year. The pair is still under an overall deal with the premium cabler, and they serve as exec producers on HBO’s animated series “Animals.”

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In a statement today, Jay and Mark Duplass said, “We’ve all seen stories set in seedy motels and high-class international resorts, but for years we’ve been fascinated by the funny, weird, sad, scary, absurd things going down in that corporate chain hotel near the airport. That’s what ‘Room 104’ is after… finding some magic in the seemingly mundane.”

“Jay and Mark Duplass are two of the most inventive talents in TV today. We’re excited to see what they do with this unique concept,” commented Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming.

The pair will serve as exec producers and showrunners on “Room 104.” Xan Aranda will serve as exec producer, and Sydney Fleischmann will serve as producer.

The cancellation of “Togetherness” came as a surprise, even though the dramedy struggled to bring in a large audience. At the time, HBO told Variety, “Although we have decided not to proceed with another season of ‘Togetherness,’ we look forward to continuing our strong creative collaboration with the talented Jay and Mark Duplass.”

Aside from their work with HBO, the filmmaking brothers have written, directed and produced more than 20 films. Both Jay and Mark Duplass are repped by ICM Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

“Room 104” heads into production later this year.

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  1. Ann Benjamin says:

    And there are a few books out there with this exact concept (mine included — Room 702)!

  2. HBO and the Duplass brothers there is no better combination out there. Two creative minds and they bring to life real to comedy and you want to see more. Just outstanding work!

  3. Go Away Already says:

    Why is HBO sticking with these two? It’s clear their brand of humor is extremely niche for a select few. They are not nearly funny as they think they are. Nor are they clever as HBO may believe they are.

  4. Twenty six says:

    There has been a show running in London for 10 years on and off called ROOM 110 with this EXACT concept. The BBC circled it at some point.

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