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.”
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.