Duplass Brothers Call HBO Anthology ‘Room 104’ a "Tinder of Television"

Most TV shows customarily tumble into one of dual genres: a comedy or a drama. However, HBO’s new anthology array Room 104 looks to challenge that common notice by jumping genres from part to episode.

“When we uncover adult here, we literally don’t know what you’re going to get,” co-creator, author and exec writer Mark Duplass told reporters Wednesday during a Television Critics Association summer press tour. “It’s kind of like a Russian roulette of television.”

Premiering Jul 28, Room 104 tells a stories of conflicting groups of people who during one indicate or another finish adult staying in a room during an American motel chain. Each half-hour part tells a conflicting story and facilities a conflicting guest cast. The initial season’s stars will embody Mae Whitman and James Van Der Beek, among others.

Made with his hermit and longtime co-operator Jay Duplass, Room 104 outlines their initial live-action array given Togetherness was canceled in 2016 after dual seasons. “That uncover got canceled, we got genuine unhappy and upset, and afterwards we said, ‘We have this new show, and we can make it unequivocally cheaply, though it’s going to be a tiny wilder and a tiny bit some-more of a risk,'” Mark recalled.

Thankfully, a higher-ups during HBO had other projects to worry about. “To their credit, [HBO vp comedy] Steve Barker and [programming president] Casey Bloys said, ‘You know what? We gotta figure out what a subsequent Game of Thrones is going to be so we go forward and make your show, though only make certain it’s cheap.'”

That was only excellent with a Duplass brothers, who pronounced a tiny bill helped them get behind to their indie filmmaking roots. “Quite frankly, we consider we might have had too most income to make Togetherness,” Mark said.

The oneness of that tiny motel room environment pushed a Duplass brothers to find other factors to make any part graphic and conflicting from a one before it. “We were looking for as much diversification as possible,” Jay said.

That meant conflicting genres, conflicting guest expel and also mouth-watering conflicting directors. While a Duplass brothers destined any part of Togetherness in further to essay all of a series, conjunction of them stepped behind a camera on Room 104. “We’ve been meddlesome in expanding a round of collaborators,” Mark pronounced of a preference to palm out a directing duties to third parties. In an age where farrago behind a camera has turn a bigger topic, it also helped them move in new perspectives. “If we destined all a episodes, they would demeanour all a same and it would get tedious really quickly,” he said.

Because any part is a stand-alone story, a Duplass brothers pronounced HBO gave them giveaway rein on casting and “letting us expel people who aren’t routinely represented on television,” Mark said.

After a most some-more serialized Togetherness (the Duplass brothers also exec furnish a charcterised comedy Animals on HBO), a suspicion of an anthology array privately vehement them since it allows new viewers to burst in whenever.

“In a epoch of rise TV where we guys have so most shit to watch, … we wish Room 104 to be your infrequent dating experience,” Mark said. “You cocktail in, we watch one episode, have some sex with that episode, and we don’t even have to come back.”

Jay attempted to build on that analogy, dubbing Room 104 “the Tinder of television.”

While a Duplass brothers primarily suspicion a tiny environment would have singular their series of ideas and episodes, a conflicting has been loyal so far, with Mark floating a suspicion of a low-pitched part in deteriorate two. “It is arrange of this space of gigantic possibility,” Jay said. “Literally anything can occur in a motel room.”

Added Mark: “By HBO enabling us to make this uncanny things and be this uncanny Friday night show, … it doesn’t have a roof on it, during slightest not yet.”

Room 104 premieres Friday on HBO.

TCA | Television Critics Association