On paper, HBO’s latest offering, Hung, starring Thomas Jane, should be a smash hit. A man (Jane’s Ray Drecker) who is stuck in a dead end job (as a history teacher and basketball coach) is down on his luck and needs to make money quickly. Rather than ask for a raise or look for a better situation, he makes the most of what he has. What he has happens to be a larger than normal male part of the anatomy, so together with his kind of needy new best friend (and pimp), he sets out to be the best male gigolo money can buy.
There could be something here, buried beneath the muddied story and not that likeable characters, but there’s nothing jumping out at me as “must watch.” I’ll give it a chance to convince me otherwise, but for now, it’s voted a no.
Premiere: Sunday, June 28 on HBO 10PM EST