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What's new at HBO

What’s new at HBO — We look at some of the cable channel’s new shows

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Buckhead Betties

KEY PLAYER
Pulitzer-winning writer Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart)
THE PITCH
Comedy about four women in Atlanta’s tony Buckhead neighborhood.
HBO ANCESTRY
(The Sopranos) – (those violent Mob guys) + (Sex and the City)
SNAP JUDGMENT
Promising if it doesn’t get too Desperate.

In Treatment

KEY PLAYERS
Star Gabriel Byrne; Entourage exec producer Mark Wahlberg
THE PITCH
Half-hour drama based on a popular Israeli series about a therapist so neurotic he needs a shrink.
HBO ANCESTRY
(Curb Your Enthusiasm) + (The Sopranos therapy scenes)
SNAP JUDGMENT
Byrne’s got gravitas, and Wahlberg’s got good HBO mojo.

John From Cincinnati

KEY PLAYERS
Stars Ed O’Neill, Rebecca De Mornay, and Austin Nichols (The Day After Tomorrow); creator David Milch (Deadwood)
THE PITCH
Drama about three generations of a dysfunctional surfer family. HBO ANCESTRY
(Entourage) x (Six Feet Under)
SNAP JUDGMENT
We’ll take Milch however we get him.

P.E.

KEY PLAYER
Producer Will Ferrell
THE PITCH
Comedy about a failed major-league baseball pitcher who returns to his small Southern hometown to teach gym class. HBO ANCESTRY
(Arli$$) – (Entourage) รท (Six Feet Under)
SNAP JUDGMENT
Here’s hoping it’s more Old School than Bewitched.