HBO Defined to premiere new comedy series, 'Togetherness', in India

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | January 08, 2015
The show will air in India within 24 hours of its US Premiere on January 12 at 9.30 pm.

HBO Defined, the ad-free premium channel from the HBO India stable, is set to premiere a brand new series in India. 'Togetherness' will air on the channel within 24 hours of its US premiere on January 12 at 9.30 pm.

The eight-episode series has been shot on location in and around the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. It explores deeper issues related to friendship, careers and approaching middle age, celebrating the small, everyday moments of life that feel epic.

The plot


Brett and Michelle Pierson are struggling to rekindle the spark in their relationship, which has sputtered out due to the stress of marriage and children. When Brett's friend Alex and Michelle's sister, Tina, move in with them, the foursome engage in a tragically comedic struggle to follow their personal dreams, while still remaining good friends, siblings and spouses to each other.

'Togetherness' is the TV debut of brothers Jay and Mark Duplass as a writing team. The cast includes writer-director-producer Mark ('The League,' and 'The Mindy Project') as Brett, a straitlaced sound designer trying to rediscover himself as he nears his 40s; Melanie Lynskey ('Heavenly Creatures,' and 'Two and a Half Men') as Michelle, eager to rekindle her passion for romance and life; Amanda Peet ('The Way, Way Back,' and 'The Good Wife') as Tina Morris, desperate to get her bouncy-castle business off the ground while looking for a husband; and Steve Zissis ('Jeff, Who Lives at Home,' and 'Baghead') as struggling actor Alex Pappas, who nearly leaves town but is convinced by Brett to give his career one last try.

Guest stars include Peter Gallagher ('The O.C.') as Larry, a movie producer; John Ortiz (HBO's 'Luck') as David, a divorced father campaigning for a charter school and Mary Steenburgen ('Joan of Arcadia') as Linda, a free spirit who tries to help Brett come out of his shell.

For the record, HBO Hits and HBO Defined, two 24-hour commercial free premium programming subscription channels were launched in India in 2013. The two aim to offer Indian audiences a home movie entertainment experience with a combination of Hollywood and Bollywood titles.

Available in standard-definition and high-definition formats, both channels are subtitled in English and selected titles have dual language audio options of either English or Hindi. In addition to the proprietary and HBO Original programmes that are produced exclusively for HBO viewers, the channel works with a large number of major independent production companies to secure exclusive rights to a host of quality movies. HBO South Asia is owned by HBO (a Time Warner company). HBO Asia is a joint venture of HBO and Paramount.