The third season of “Hung” and second season of “How to Make it in America” premiere this month in the Caribbean
HBO Latin America announced tonight’s premiere of Hung, season three, and How to Make it in America, season two, in the Caribbean.
Using its characteristic dark humor, Hung tells the story of a man fighting to survive personal setbacks compounded by a troubled economy, while How to Make it in America revisits the enterprising twentysomethings who relentlessly pound the pavement of New York City in pursuit of their dreamed success.
Set in the suburbs of Detroit, Hung revolves around the unorthodox efforts of divorced teacher/coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) to generate extra cash by selling his “winning tool” to women. Picking up approximately six months after the end of season two, the ten-episode new season begins with Ray and his unlikely pimp Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams) taking matters into their own hands in the face of a still recession-plagued economy. One of their tactics includes opening the “Happiness Consultants Wellness Center for Women” – a front for their gigolo business complete with “orgasmic living” seminars and “private consultations” with Ray.
As Tanya and Ray’s business begins to yield dividends, their former partner Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff – Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm) seeks revenge upon the duo for stealing her “lifestyle” idea, and transforms a 25-year-old busboy named Jason (new series regular Stephen Amell) into a new male hooker to rival Ray. In this third season, the battle is on between the older, more sensitive Ray, and the token young hot guy.
Created by Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, Hung also stars Anne Heche as Ray’s ex-wife, Jessica Haxon; Charlie Saxton as Ray’s son Damon; Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Ray’s daughter Darby; Gregg Henry as Mike, Ray’s friend and fellow teacher; and Lennie James as Charlie, Tanya’s fellow pimp, advisor and occasional paramour. Recurring guest stars include Kaitlin Doubleday as Logan, a former student of Ray’s; Ana Ortiz, as Lydia, a new client of Ray’s; and Matt Walsh as Dr. Matt Kopylov.
Executive producers for Hung include Colette Burson, Dmitry Lipkin, Scott Stephens, Alexander Payne, Michael Rosenberg, Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss; along with co-executive producer, Angela Robinson, and producers, Hilton H. Smith and Brett C. Leonard.
The eight-episode second season of How to Make it in America, on the other hand, again spotlights the urban adventures of Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg), an aspiring designer who has seen previous passion projects derailed by fate and fortune, and Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk), Ben’s best friend, free spirit and would-be mogul. As they continue to hustle to get their CRISP clothing line off the ground following a potentially lucrative trip to Japan, Ben and Cam scour the downtown NYC scene for new business connections.
Among those who rub shoulders with Ben and Cam in and around the city are Ben’s ex-girlfriend Rachel (Lake Bell), an interior decorator now searching for meaning after a globe-spanning trip to Africa and Europe; Domingo (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi), a well-connected street pal with his own “entrepreneurial” business; David “Kappo” Kaplan (Eddie Kaye Thomas), a hedge-fund manager and high-school acquaintance; and Cam’s cousin Rene (Luis Guzmán), an ex-con who is eying his own get-rich scheme by marketing his Rasta Monsta energy drink.
Recurring cast members also include Margarita Levieva as Ben’s girlfriend, and Nicole Laliberte as Cam’s new girlfriend and boutique owner. This season’s guest stars include Gina Gershon (Eastbound &Down) as an influential fashion rep, Andre Royo (The Wire), Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos), James Ransone (Generation Kill), Eriq LaSalle, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and others.