November 2, 2020
We have our new Paul. And it is not Gabriel Byrne.
Before you throw up your hands and turn away, please know that the new “Paul” will be portrayed by an amazing actor, Uzo Aduba, and her presence as the new therapist in Season 4 of In Treatment opens up all kinds of intriguing possibilities for stories, themes, characters, and emotions.
And emotion is what this series is all about, right?
I first became aware of Uzo Aduba in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She was outstanding as the strange, mercurial, sometimes frightening, sometimes childlike Suzanne, or “Crazy Eyes,” as the other characters in the series sometimes called her. Uzo commanded the screen, no matter what mood Suzanne happened to be experiencing, and she made that unpredictable woman come alive for us. I’ll never forget her. Laughter and tears, in equal measure. Uzo won two Emmy awards for her work in Orange is the New Black. She has also appeared in several other television and film projects, most notably as Shirley Chisholm, in the 2020 Hulu mini-series Mrs. America, with Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson, for which she won another Emmy!
Her new role as Dr. Brooke Lawrence reminds us that the first series of In Treatment was an inclusive story line. We saw patients who were black, gay, from other cultures and countries, as well as women, children, young people, aging people, and more. The core of the story remained traditional–a white male with a string of degrees and years of experience. It was also nontraditional, though, because that guy had a truckload of empathy. So, it will be intriguing to see the role of therapist taken on by Uzo Aduba, a move that is bound to please Gabriel Byrne, who, as Byrneholic Angelle observes, has always been an ally supporting “intersectionality and empowerment in this new decade of a global anti-racist movement.”
How will the writers capture The Time of the Pandemic? And how will this production overcome the challenges of creating content while the virus rages throughout the United States? We must stay tuned for answers!
Aduba will star as the therapist at the center of the season, Dr. Brooke Lawrence. (Additional castings will be announced at a later date.) The re-imagined fourth season will bring a diverse trio of patients in session with the observant, empathetic Lawrence while she wrestles with her own issues in this half-hour drama series.
This sounds good to me. What about you?
And what if Gabriel appeared in a guest spot? Has anyone thought of that!?
August 4, 2020
Reboot (verb, transitive):
To start (something) anew : to refresh (something)
by making a new start or creating a new version.
—Merriam Webster Dictionary
HBO’s In Treatment is officially back in session and, along with TBS’ Daniel Radcliffe-fronted Miracle Workers, is coming to California thanks to some generous tax credits from the state.
There are no definite details on whether Gabriel Byrne will be returning as psychotherapist Paul Weston in the premium cabler drama that first ran from 2008-2010. However, after rumblings of possibly more of the Rodrigo García-shepherded series started last month, we do know there will be a Season 4 of In Treatment and it will receive just more than $6 million in tax incentives from the Golden State.
“We are very grateful for the relocation incentive and the opportunity to base more production in California,” said HBO’s Janet Graham Borba on Monday of the move of the once NYC-based In Treatment out west in its latest incarnation. “The state’s ongoing efforts to promote film and TV production have a very significant impact,” the Production EVP added. In point of fact, this latest move by In Treatment is a homecoming of sorts; based on an Israeli format, Be Tipul, created by The Affair’s Hagai Levi, In Treatment’s first season was actually filmed in Los Angeles but the show relocated to New York upon the insistence of the Gotham-based Byrne. . .
Likely much more able to accommodate the restrictions of projected COVID-19 safety protocols due to its therapy-situated settings and spotlight on core characters, the new version of In Treatment will hire eight cast members for its Cali-based fourth season . . .
At this time, there is no word on who might write and direct this new show, nor is there any inkling about who might act in it. Speculation runs rampant on Twitter, of course (“A reboot of In Treatment!? Heck, yes!”), and the great thing to note there is that EVERYONE seems enthusiastic and willing to entertain this idea!
Warren Leight was the showrunner for the original In Treatment. You can read the responses to his tweet on Twitter by clicking the embedded tweet above.
And almost everyone says: Give me Gabriel Byrne or go home.
So, once again, we must take up a “wait-and-see” attitude and keep ourselves open to this new development as it blossoms.
Who would YOU like to see in a new In Treatment?
What kinds of patients would interest you? And the format?
This would be an HBO series, probably, so no binge-ing at first, because they would not drop the entire series all at once. But HBO was surprisingly willing to experiment with the format for this series the first time around, so who knows what they might entertain now. What would YOU like to see?
Me? Oh, you know me. Give me Gabriel or give me… well. I’d probably watch this no matter what, but I wouldn’t necessarily be HAPPY about it. wink
P. S. In Treatment, Seasons 1 – 3, is currently streaming via HBO. Watch it now! You’ll feel better. heart