HBO--you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll blow your nose. The pay cable network is in the midst of a post-Sopranos transition and is loading up on new original programs to fill the gaping hole left by the mob. Two new shows have been picked up to series, and one drama is currently in development with heavyweight producers.
The comedies How to Make It in America and Bored to Death have been picked up to series, says The Hollywood Reporter. How to, about a pair of young hustlers living the American dream in New York, should make a perfect companion piece to Entourage, and Bored stars Jason Schwartzman as an alcoholic author who starts to imitate the lives of classic pulp-fiction detectives.
On the drama side, producers and explosion-lovers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer are developing Cocaine Cowboys for the network. Based on the documentary of the same name, the drama will follow the men who ran the cocaine market in Miami.
Earlier this week, HBO picked up the dark comedy Hung to series. It's about a man who learns to use his large penis to his advantage. HBO: home of hustlers, alcoholic authors, cocaine, and a large penis.