HBO to Premiere In Treatment in January

HBO looks to us this season like it’s starving for a great big zeitgeist hit like The Sopranos. Their latest bid to regain the glory days? Variety reports:

Starring Gabriel Byrne as a psychotherapist, “In Treatment” consists of five characters in one-on-one sessions as patients with their analyst; the five get nine half-hours apiece for their story arcs, for a total of 45 episodes.

Beginning on Monday, Jan. 28, at 9:30 p.m., the episode featuring the first of the five patients kicks off and runs for the next eight Mondays. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the second patient stretches out on the couch and bares his soul for a total of nine Tuesdays. The same pattern holds for Wednesdays and Thursdays. The difference on Fridays is that the analyst himself will become the patient in a training analysis, with Dianne Wiest as his psychiatrist.