While their brilliant dramedy series Togetherness was cruelly canceled earlier this year after two stellar seasons, their other comedy venture, the star-studded animated show Animals, will soon head into its second season. Now, the network is going for thirds with a new project by the inventive brethren.
It’s an anthology series dubbed Room 104 that will produce an allotment of stories featuring different characters who book a single room in an average American hotel. In other words, you’ll see a ton of new faces in each episode and every tale will be new, different, and fresh.
“We’ve all seen stories set in seedy motels and high-class international resorts,” the Duplass brothers remarked, “but for years we’ve been fascinated by the funny, weird, sad, scary, absurd things going down in that corporate chain hotel near the airport. That’s what Room 104 is after… finding some magic in the seemingly mundane.”
Fans of the filmmakers’ earlier, understated indie works — see: 2005’s The Puffy Chair and 2008’s Baghead — will no doubt revel in this breezy premise. There’s a lot of promise to the concept and the overhead should be next to nothing, which should be lucrative for both HBO and the series’ future.
Production begins later this year for a 2017 debut.