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UK Loves In Treatment Season 2

The Guardian’s assessment of Season Two, now showing on Sky Atlantic in the UK, sounds familiar to ears on this side of the pond, but the review closes nicely:

Overall, Paul is much less passive in this series, but you can’t help wondering which of these patients will be the time bomb that Alex unexpectedly proved to be in the first series. Series two remains a low-key show, but the stories feel richer, even if some of the patients’ underlying problems seem too glib for a series that deals in subtlety and nuance.

But it’s the acting and dialogue that make the show. It’s perfect late-night TV; you get to listen with Paul as he tries to figure out the root cause of the problem, which is often something quite different from what we might have expected. The breakthroughs, when they come, make up for the occasional air of claustrophobia.

The comments on this review and too many Tweets to be counted tell the real story: everyone loves In Treatment and they are particularly entranced with the artistry of Gabriel Byrne. Even The Guardian gets this right:

The show moves at a glacial pace, but Gabriel Byrne’s performance is captivating, requiring careful observation, and is all the more remarkable given that he has so little to say.

Six months after the end of Season Three here in the United States, it is a bit jolting to see Mr. Byrne sitting in his Paul chair, a reminder of all of the intricate tale-spinning of the past seasons of In Treatment. But it is not over yet for those fortunate folks in the British Isles, so cheers to you, you lucky blokes, and enjoy the show (even if Sky Atlantic drives you crazy with the scheduling!).

Paul and April. How we miss them.

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In Treatment Soundtrack Now Available

Lakeshore Records has released the soundtrack to Seasons One and Two of In Treatment. We have all enjoyed the spare and evocative music of Richard Marvin and now the soundtrack is available digitally, through iTunes.

“In Season 1 there were specific themes for each character, developed over the course of the season,” described Marvin. “Season 1 also had more of a ‘vibey, groovy’ end credits.”

By the second season, Dr. Weston has been through a divorce and has relocated to Brooklyn, where he sees patients in his home. “In the 2nd season, the producers were less concerned with the thematic development and character themes,” said Marvin. “There was more of an effort to be more transparent and sparse, especially on the underscore cues.” As a result the Season 2 score features more conventional orchestrations.

There are twenty tracks available, each running about two minutes.

So get busy downloading and then revisit In Treatment musically!

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The End of In Treatment: A Very Personal View

Let me tell you about my television therapist. Lauren over at  The Hedgepig has the same therapist I do. We both have a personal reaction to In Treatment. Mine is a bit more personal than hers, but I think I have been in television therapy longer. Spoilers for Season 3 abound in this essay, so please be forewarned.

The three seasons of In Treatment provided a remarkable character arc for one particular character. Paul Weston, played with shape-shifting mastery by Gabriel Byrne, began the first season as an accomplished therapist who was beginning to show the cracks of professional burn-out and personal despair. Byrne was mesmerizing, but so was his alter-ego, Dr. Weston. Distinguishing between the two, as episode piled on episode and those eyes sometimes pierced through the lies and dissembling of crying and arguing patients and sometimes just shone with emotion and empathy, became almost impossible. What I did not realize at the time is now so obvious that I smile ruefully when I consider it. The writers and other creatives involved in the series, and their lead actor, pulled the oldest trick in the dramatic book. They made me fall in love with Paul and then they used their Socratic muscles and made me care about the other players,  and then the play itself.

But not right away. Laura. Alex. Sophie. Jake and Amy. Interesting, of course, all of them. Real, multi-dimensional, complicated. Sophie in particular grabbed my heart and would not let go. But no one held my rapt and absolute attention the way Paul did. How could this be? I knew this guy, the actor Gabriel Byrne. I had seen most of his films over the years and always appreciated his work. None of that prepared me for the experience of falling madly and perilously in love with this image that danced on my television screen. It was such an intense experience that I wrote a letter to The Powers That Be, politely requesting a second season, please. Virginia Heffernan at The Medium, a blog she wrote for The New York Times in 2008, published my letter. I was feeling anything but polite. I was in deep withdrawal. I wanted more patients and more stories. Mostly, though, I needed more Paul.

Season 2 was a very different kettle of fish. The patients began to enter into my experience of the stories more forcefully. I was so touched by April, so pissed off at Mia, so intrigued by Walter and Oliver–Paul was as entrancing and disturbing as ever, but the characters with whom he was interacting began to play an equal role. How could so much pain and anguish be borne? How could people struggle so hard to not change? How could they not recognize what was happening to them? And how could Paul just sit there, appointment after appointment, dealing with this onslaught of self-delusion and deception? How? Because he was as self-deluded and deceptive as they were. This was unthinkable. But it was turning out to be true and it was fascinating and ultimately far more instructive. The writers and the actors created a world I understood now. The human condition was playing out on the screen every evening. And now I saw that the healer needed to be healed. How intriguing was that?

Nothing prepared me for Season 3. Here is the personal part. My husband passed away on October 16 after a long illness. A few days later, the new season, for which I had been preparing at this website for weeks, began. I did watch (it was better than crying my eyes out all the time), but often I turned away. There was too much that was too true for me. Sunil had lost his wife of thirty years and was inconsolable. Yes. Frances was faced with death in her family and the possibility of her own illness. Yes. Jesse struggled with his adoption (I am adopted myself), which turned out to be much more important than his sexual orientation. Yes. And Paul was sure he was developing Parkinson’s disease (a disease that destroyed my biological father) plus he was having his old doubts about his work. Yes.

Good God. This was not entertainment. Or drama. This was real life (my life!) spilling out of the television into my living room (a room that used to be “our” living room). I found that my regard for Paul as a therapist, while not diminished, moved to the background, and the stories of his patients and his own personal struggles transfixed me. How could fiction be so real? How could something on the screen reflect the reality of my existence so accurately, so intensely? The fourth wall was completely blasted away during these episodes. I was there. They were here. This does not happen. Was I crazy?

The entire experience escalated when Adele, just before the great Transference, said with compassion and some force to Paul:

You accept a growing paralysis rather than taking a risk of finding where or towards whom your real passion lies. Is it any wonder you haven’t found what drives you yet? You’re fifty seven years old. At a certain point you have to move past the stories that you’ve assigned to your life. The steadfast explanations that you’ve settled on years ago. You have to look at yourself again. For real answers. You have to take that risk.

Watching Paul take in her words was a revelation (Gabriel Byrne should win every award on the planet for this role). And typically, he prevaricated by playing the Transference card. Hearts fluttered. But Adele could have been speaking to me. She was speaking to me. And yes, I am fifty seven years old (that is the last of the fiction/real life parallels, thank goodness). I tried to talk to her on the screen. How, Adele? How in the world do I do that?  Later, I found myself remembering her words (the words of Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, of course, but Amy Ryan makes them so real and so natural that they seem to flow wisely from herself) over the next weeks and attempting to follow through on her advice. Move past the stories you have assigned to your life. Look at yourself again. You have to take that risk. I was in television therapy. Paul was in treatment. I was In Treatment.

As the ending of each character’s story played out, I breathed a sigh of relief. These endings were disturbing (Jesse), unexpected (Sunil), and real (Frances). Watching their experience with Paul come to a close made me feel better about my own life and good about him as a therapist. My own life had no closure, so it was comforting to view closure on the screen. And comforting to see Paul follow through for his patients. He failed and he succeeded. He was no longer the icon I had experienced in the first season or the troubled but appealing enigma of the second. He was a man dealing with his own pain. But he was there for his patients anyway. He always tried and he never gave up, no matter how often he said he would. He never gave up.

Until he did. “My door will always be open to you.” “Well, that’s okay. You can close it behind me.” Seeing Paul walk out of Adele’s office and into the streets of Brooklyn, a changed man, brought the entire story to an close for me. Somehow, over the course of the weeks he had spent haranguing, hiding, and transferring in her office, she had led him to this realization: that he could no longer be a therapist. His reasons are his own–it’s too confusing, it’s too hard, I need to free myself, I have to stop, I can’t sit in a room listening to people anymore–and he still finds it difficult to be honest with himself sometimes, but we know that he cannot continue to try to help and heal others at the expense of his own psyche. And since he cannot figure out a way to do both–help others and become whole himself–it was time to stop.

So, then, it is time for In Treatment to stop, too. Television therapy has much to recommend it, but when the therapist moves on, we must move on, too, painful as it might be. There is a way to make Season 4 a reality, of course. Adele takes Paul’s place and the line of patients knocking at her door continues. Paul might even be one of those patients. Probably not, though. He’s off writing his book. “The Artifice of Therapy: One Man’s Journey.” And what a journey it was.

PS. Other therapeutic assistance that has helped me, in case you are wondering, includes friends and family who understand and reading Talk Therapy over at HBO. I am very lucky to have people in my life who care about me during this dark time and also virtual friends here at the Forum.  Will I ever seek therapy in real life? Probably not. But I will always have my television therapists–Paul and Adele on DVD and DVR–to help me through the rough spots. :-)

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The Byrne-ing News, October 2010 Edition

October is turning out to be a very busy time for Gabriel Byrne! Here is the 411 on his schedule:

October 1: The Irish Arts Center Eleventh Annual Spirit of Ireland Awards. Gabriel is one of the honorary chairs (along with Liam Neeson and others). Among the honorees this year is Ralph Fiennes and proceeds benefit the Irish Arts Center in New York City.

(A side note: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and the late Natasha Richardson provide narration for a new documentary, The Wildest Dream, about George Mallory’s attempt to scale Mount Everest in 1924. It opens in the UK now and once it hits stateside, Stella is there!)

October 1 – 24: In Treatment Seasons One and Two are reprised on HBO Signature and HBO On Demand.

October 12: DVD of In Treatment Season Two hits the streets in the US!

October 18: Second Annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Cocktail Reception honoring actor Brian Dennehy, with special guest Gabriel Byrne. Sponsored by the Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc., this year’s award will be presented by last year’s inaugural winner, writer William Kennedy. The event takes place at The Manhattan Club, upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, in New York City.

(Trivia question: In which film did Gabriel and Brian Dennehy appear together?)

October 25 and 26: In Treatment Season Three debuts on HBO!

Finally!

 

October 2754th Annual BFI London Film Festival

Following our inaugural 2009 awards ceremony, we’re delighted to announce the shortlists and juries for the 2010 awards which will take place at Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s on 27 October. Director Danny Boyle will also be presented with the BFI Fellowship, the highest accolade the BFI can bestow.

Best Film

The Best Film award, in partnership with American Express, celebrates original, inventive and distinctive filmmaking in the festival. An initial shortlist has been drawn up by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron and her programming team. This year’s jury will be chaired by Patricia Clarkson and includes Gabriel Byrne, Sandy Powell and Shekhar Kapur. Last year’s winner was Jacques Audiard’s powerful drama, A Prophet, which went on to receive world-wide recognition and awards success.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter and the BBC News.

(Connections? Danny Boyle directed Slumdog Millionaire, in which Irrfan Khan appeared. And Irrfan is now in the third season of In Treatment with GB).

Now this is the kind of jury duty one can enjoy!

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The Byrne-ing News, September 2010 Edition

Updated September 2: The audio for the RTE Radio Program remembering Mick Lally has been added to the end of this posting.

Forgot to mention: Paris Barclay, In Treatment Director Extraordinaire, received an Emmy nod for an episode of Glee. In this article, the interviewer notes:

Speaking of gay characters, Paris tells me that when In Treatment returns to the air on Oct. 25, one of psychologist Gabriel Byrne’s clients will be a 16-year-old gay kid!

“The story is unbelievable,” he said.

In Treatment news of all shapes and sizes is on offer in this round of the Byrne-ing News. And we end on a sad note, with a sonnet read by Mr. Byrne in honor of a friend recently lost.

1.  In IT3 news, Gabriel Byrne was spotted in Park Slope, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, late last week as filming for Season Three of In Treatment continues. Twitter was all a-twitter about it!

they’re filming “in treatment” in park slope right now and using GIANT lights to make the street look like daytime or late afternoon. crazy.
about 2 hours ago via web

around the corner from my house- wish i lived on this block instead ;) RT @chickfoxgrover Shooting “In Treatment” http://yfrog.com/5ix3sgj
about 2 hours ago via web

“In Treatment’ is shooting on our block tonight. I guess our street looks like a shrink’s office.
about 3 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone

Just spotted Gabriel Byrne heading to set for In Treatment in Park Slope!
about 5 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry

Now In Treatment filming on my st. Maybe Gabriel Byrne will hold the door 4 me?
about 6 hours ago via txt

Thanks to Kris (USA) for providing the Twitter record!

We are desperate for Season 3 pics, aren’t we?

2. Actor Musto Pelinkovicci recently appeared in an episode of Season Three of In Treatment. He has provided several comments here at Byrneholics and we really appreciate his enthusiasm for the show and for Mr. Byrne! It is very kind of him to share his experience with us. You can read his comments at this posting.

3. Now Hear This! HBO will begin showing In Treatment Season 1 via On Demand on September 7. And HBO Signature will offer In Treatment Season 1 and part of Season 2 starting on September 16. That is all. Heck, that is enough!

4. Just in case it may have slipped your mind (not likely!), the DVD for Season 2 of In Treatment will hit the streets in the US on October 12.

Need to catch up before Season 3 begins? Here is your chance! HBO is devilish, we know.

5. Mick Lally, an actor beloved by Ireland, passed away unexpectedly this week. His death brought an outpouring of praise, appreciation, and recollection from friends and colleagues near and far. Gabriel Byrne called into the RTE One Radio show today to share his thoughts. Gabriel’s part starts at 39:00.

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And here is the sonnet he read in honor of his friend, with whom he worked in the early days, in Bracken.

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The text of Shakespeare’s Sonnet #30 includes a line put to good use by another famous writer (it is the title of his semi-autobiographical–and long!–novel).

Mick Lally inspired many. Read more about him in one of the recent tributes published in the Irish press.

Mick Lally, actor
1945 – 2010

Thanks to TwoMoons for the alert on the radio program and to Aragarna for technical assistance!

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The Byrne-ing News Summer 2010 Edition – Updated

UPDATED August 3 with more news about the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award. See below!

UPDATED with additional info and pictures from last year’s Irish American Writers and Artists event. Thanks to Lara for the pics and to Kris (USA) for the reminder!

It’s Byrne-ing hot this summer!

In Treatment Season 3

Costumes: it appears that Dr. Paul Weston may be cutting a somewhat more dashing figure than usual in the new season of In Treatment. Famed designer Domenico Vacca is the new fashion expert on the set and we can expect the good doctor to benefit from Mr. Vacca’s great sense of style. You can see examples of his work here and, as soon as anything becomes available picture-wise from the new season, you will see that here ASAP!

Bravo, Domenico! Remember: we love the white shirt

Awards: an episode from Season 2 of In Treatment is a finalist for The Humanitas Prize.

The HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 to celebrate television programs which affirm the dignity of the human person, explore the meaning of life, enlighten the use of human freedom and reveal to each person our common humanity.

In the “60 Minute Category,” In Treatment is a finalist for “Walter-Week Six,” written by Warren Leight. The awards luncheon is scheduled for September 16 in Beverly Hills.

Thank you! No, thank YOU!

A Touch of O’Neill–More News August 3!

UPDATE: A new press release at PRLog.org, August 3, 2010:

The two preeminent modern-day interpreters of the work of Eugene O’Neill – actors Brian Dennehy and Gabriel Byrne – will make an unprecedented appearance together to honor the memory of the only American playwright to ever win the Nobel Prize. The occasion is the presenting of the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to Dennehy by the non-profit group Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. (IAW&A).

Among his many accomplishments, Dennehy won a Tony Award for his performance in O’Neill’s Long Days Journey into Night.

Byrne, who has starred on Broadway in the O’Neill plays A Moon for the Misbegotten and A Touch of the Poet, will be a featured speaker at the event in honor of Dennehy. He will also pay tribute to the enduring legacy of O’Neill, whose plays are still staged in theaters around the globe and in many languages fifty-seven years after his death…

As noted below, the big night is October 18. For information on tickets for the event visit www.oneillaward.org, the IAW&A website, or call 646-320-5595.

Kudos to both gentlemen!

Where will Gabriel Byrne be in October, while we are all glued to our screens taking in the third season of In Treatment? Well, one place we know he will be is the annual celebration of the Irish American Writers and Artists , which will be gifting Brian Dennehy with its Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award this year. According to their website:

The award will be presented Monday, October 18, 2010 at a reception and ceremony to be held in New York City at Rosie O’Grady’s in Times Square, just two blocks from where Eugene O’Neill was born.

Read more about Brian Dennehy and the award. One of his great films from the past is The Belly of an Architect, directed by Peter Greenaway. His work on stage for the past decade or so has been highly praised and one of his most recent excursions on the boards was in Krapp’s Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett.

An actor in the O’Neill tradition

 

Honoree William Kennedy and his wife Dana, with Gabriel smiling
over their shoulders, at the 2009 festivities

Gabriel Byrne and author/organization co-director Mary Pat Kelly,
who is smiling for both of them

Visit the IAW&A Facebook page for more information!

The Movies

Reviews are coming in for Gabriel’s latest film, Perrier’s Bounty. Mr. Byrne provides the voice of the Grim Reaper and, by all accounts, he is both grim and funny! The film is making the festival rounds now. The cast includes the usual Irish suspects: Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, and Gabriel, with Jim Broadbent thrown in for good (actually great) measure. Check out the trailer!

“In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in deepest peril!”

Stuff to Read

A PDF transcript of Gabriel Byrne’s speech at the Gateway Ireland event in May is now available. This is an unofficial transcript provided by Stella. And tough work it was, too, having to listen to that great voice for hours and hours, trying to catch every word and nuance of this remarkable speech. Um, not really very tough at all. Enjoy and don’t forget to watch the video as well!

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In Treatment Season 2 DVD – UPDATED!

UPDATE July 8: Intrepid reporter Aragarna notes that the Season 2 DVD will become available in France on September 15. Wah! Europe gets IT2 before the US! :-)

Here’s a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July (if you are in the US, of course)!  We should not be too surprised to learn that the DVD set for Season Two of In Treatment is now slated for release in the US in October. After all, Season Three starts in October and viewers will want to sit down with Gabriel Byrne/Dr. Weston for a review before getting immersed in the new patient stories. You can pre-order Season Two at Amazon for a reasonable price, but do not expect any extras. That’s okay, though. Don’t be depressed. The real content is enough to make us very happy, yes? Happy and well-adjusted, but still needing In Treatment!

Read the report at TV Shows on DVD.

Is the waiting making you anxious? Need a Byrne fix? Well, we are here for you. Several of Gabriel’s early films now have their own mega movie pages (as “mega” as they can be, considering the dearth of information available for some of them!). Take a look at these for a reminder of Gabriel’s first work on the screen. These may take the sting out of waiting for more recent Byrne:

Hanna K (1983)
The Keep (1983)
Guilia e Guilia/Julia and Julia (1987)
The Courier (1988)
A Solder’s Tale (1988)

 

Um, okay. But stop looking at me like that!

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In Treatment Spring Fever!

At Byrneholics’ HQ we have been byrne-ing the midnight oil during the Easter holidays to put this In Treatment posting together. It is packed full of goodies: news updates, exclusive reports and lots of eye-candy, including high resolution promo pictures from both first and second seasons, a couple of videos and tons of screencaps!

In Treatment on HBO again

Beginning 2nd April, HBO is showing Season Two in the US on Friday nights. The five episodes for each week are being presented on HBO Signature, running back to back. To back. Well, you get the idea. If you did not DVR these beauties last year, here is your chance! Still no word on the release of the Season Two DVD, so take advantage of this opportunity to reacquaint yourself with Paul and his band of not-so-merry patients.

German television is presenting Season One of In Treatment, “Der Therapeut,” on 3sat and it is expected to end in mid-May.

“Ich bin Ihr Therapeut”

Here is an In Treatment dubbed in Italian, thanks to Stephanie! :)


… in italiano!

In Treatment wins a Peabody Award

The mission of the Peabody Awards is “to recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television, and cable.” This prestigious award is as eclectic as it is highly-regarded and In Treatment is a winner this year: “Giving new meaning to the phrase “theater of the mind,’ this fictional series of psychiatrist-patient one-on-one’s is the very essence of drama.”

The complete list of winners is here and more coverage is available at Broadcasting and Cable, The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times.

In Treatment here, there, everywhere

From Actor to Ambassador: we are reminded that our good doctor has taken on a new role, but the work he is doing is not really so different: it’s all about people telling their stories “…because everyone has a story to tell and the truth lies in them.”

Season Three Casting Update: The Hollywood Reporter continues to tease us with news that the Indian actor Irrfan Khan, an international star recognised for his work in Slumdog Millionaire and The Namesake, is slated to appear in 10 episodes of In Treatment and his role is being “kept under wraps.”

In Treatment, Season One, Still New: Gerry’s blog is called “That’s How The Light Gets In: Notes of books read, exhibitions or films seen, music heard – anything that inspires. So I don’t forget.” This 14th March posting discusses watching Season 1 on DVD over a two week period. He is obviously touched by In Treatment, especially the Sophie episodes, and it is nice to see people continuing to experience the show for the first time and sharing their reactions.

Rejected! Juliana Margulies actually auditioned for a role in Season Two of In Treatment but did not get a call back. We are not feeling sorry for her, however, because her subsequent work in the outstanding new series The Good Wife just won her the Golden Globe. Congratulations to Ms. Margulies, who did get a chance to appear in a Gabriel Byrne vehicle in the recent past–Ghost Ship (a film most of us love to hate!).

BeTipul & In Treatment event with Hagai Levi in Paris , 7th April 2010

According to our Paris correspondent Aragarna, Hagai Levi will be present at Séries Mania, a festival entirely dedicated to TV series from all over the world. On 7th April, episodes 1 and 5 from Season One of BeTipul (the original Israeli series which In Treatment is based on) will be screened, followed by episodes 2, 3 and 4 of Season One of In Treatment (HBO’s version) and a discussion with Mr. Levi.

Hagai Levi, creator of BeTipul

How They Did It: Turning an Israeli series into HBO’s In Treatment, 9th March

Lost_Lily, our roving reporter in New York, checks in with this report on a recent In Treatment event organized by the New York Women in Film and Television. One of the great things about the show is that it provides an opportunity for women to work in all aspects of television–producing, directing, writing and, of course, acting–with young women in particular being spotlighted in marvelous ways for their acting and writing talents. Thanks to Lost_Lily for sharing!

I attended a panel discussion with the female writers and producers of In Treatment last night [9th March 2010], organized by the New York Women in Film and Television, and I thought I’d share some of my notes with you. The panelists were Noa Tishby, Yael Hedaya and Sarah Treem. At the beginning of the event they showed two longer clips: the Israeli “Laura” telling “Paul” her Lolita story (interestingly, the Israeli scene has a lot more Lolita references and quotes), and then the American April breaking down on Paul’s couch when he tells her he can’t take her to chemotherapy anymore.

Noa Tishby is a Los Angeles based actress and producer, and she’s the one who brought In Treatment to the US. She was just visiting Israel for a family event when the first season had just ended over there and everyone was talking about it. People told her how great it was, how successful and that she simply had to see it. So, while still in the cab from the airport and without having seen a single episode, she had someone arrange a meeting with Hagai Levi for the next day. She then watched some of the show, met with Levi and told him that she wanted to bring the show to the US. This had never happened before in Israel, and he apparently was so surprised that he said yes and let her take it. She then arranged a meeting with Stephen Levinson, told him what the show was about and he said no, not interested. Then she showed him the first Laura episode and he was hooked. Noa said that all she had to do was break through the doors because as soon as people actually saw the show, they loved it.

Yael Hedaya is an Israeli novelist who wrote the Israeli Laura and Mia storylines. She said that she had spent much time in therapy herself, had fallen in love with a therapist once and therefore felt she knew what she was talking about. She said she saw the first season of the American In Treatment and liked it, although she found it quite different. She also found Reuven and Paul to be quite different but equally effective. She said the production value in those two countries is very different. The set, for example, included lots of items that belonged to crew members, including Reuven’s couch. Somebody else brought in a chair, another person a lamp, etc. Yael said that she had written a scene in which Reuven goes outside and interacts with another person. Hagai Levi told her to cut it because they would have needed to hire another actor, who costs $150 a day, and they didn’t have the money.

Sarah Treem said she had never written for television before. She’s a playwright, and somehow Rodrigo Garcia got his hands on one of her plays, liked the tone and hired her. She says it’s great to write for In Treatment because it’s all dialogue, but it’s also hard because it’s all about the subtext. If the subtext doesn’t work or come through, then the episode will still be boring.

Sarah and Noa were not allowed to talk about the third season yet, but Sarah said, “I’m writing a boy.” So I assume that she’s writing the “Jesse” storyline, which would be very good news.

gb_it_blueshirtSophie was cast before me? I don’t believe it!

Noa said that Mia Wasikowska was the first person to be cast for the show, even before Gabriel. They had already more or less settled for a different girl when Mia sent her tape from Australia. They were so impressed that they flew her in for a screen test and she got the part.

The most difficult character in the first season was the pilot. In Israel, being a pilot is the most highly regarded profession of all. You say “pilot” and people immediately know what kind of person you are talking about. That’s not necessarily the case in the US. So they thought about changing his character to, let’s say, a football star. But then, with the Iraq war going on, they felt they could still make it a compelling pilot story.

When asked about casting Gabriel, Noa quoted Hagai Levi saying that the person playing Paul needs to be someone with a certain presence in the room, so that when he sits in front of that huge bookshelf you actually believe that he’s read all the books. “And that’s Gabriel,” Noa said.

According to Noa, everything has changed since In Treatment. The US is now looking to Israel for content, and Israel is now producing shows with US audiences in mind. Both countries have discovered a whole new market.

Screencaps. Loads of them.

Spring is in the air and so is Season 2. Mia has reasons to believe Laura and Paul had an affair. She fantasises about it and tells Paul all that is going in her head. And Paul doesn’t want her to stop… “What would happen if we did keep talking about that?”.  Hm. The conversation reaches a climax with Paul whispering: “I’d rather know what happens next”. It’s intense. It’s gripping. We fainted on our couches.

Which, of course, led to the creation of 86 screencaps of the episode, now waiting for you in the Gallery!

“It’s good to feel that closeness…”

 

Last but not least – a big YES to huge-sized official promotional stills!

As you know, HBO’s official website was completely revamped earlier this year. Without much warning, the once popular IT message board vanished in a matter of hours. However, if there is any reason to visit the new HBO site, it would definitely be to view the great collection of larger-than-life stills from both seasons of In Treatment that are on display there.

Two new albums in our Gallery–Season 1 with 17 stills and Season 2 with 15 stills–feature a selection of these promo stills, all in high resolution (1920×1080 pixels).

The richness of detail in some of them is really impressive and had us falling off our chairs repeatedly!

Dr. Paul Weston in High Resolution: yes, we LURVE it!