If the writers' strike has left a void where your TiVo queue used to be, In Treatment is coming along to fill it up. Starting tonight, the HBO series kicks off its rather intense schedule, airing for a half-hour a night, five nights a week.
Gabriel Byrne stars as psychotherapist Paul Weston, and each half-hour installment focuses on a session with a different patient. On Tuesdays, there's Alex (Blair Underwood), a pilot struggling to come to terms with something that happened in Iraq; on Wednesdays, it's Sophie (Mia Wasikowska), a teenage gymnast with possible self-destructive tendencies. On Fridays, Paul takes his turn on the couch for a session with his therapist (Dianne Wiest).
I'm intrigued by the concept, and as a fan of HBO's other therapy-based series (Tell Me You Love Me), I could see myself getting hooked. On the other hand, five episodes a week for nine weeks is a lot to follow, even with so little else on television. Think you can handle this Treatment? To watch a preview for tonight's episode, in which Paul meets with his patient Laura, just read more.