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Monday: ‘In Treatment’

[IMG:L]In Treatment — 9:30/8:30c on HBO

HBO continues to push the envelope in its post-Sopranos existence.

First was the relatively unsuccessful Tell Me You Love Me, whose shock (and ick) factor was derived from very real, and thus inherently boring, sex.

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Now the network tries its hand at psychodrama–as in psychologist drama, and it’s a different kind of doctor-patient relations than anything we saw on The Sopranos and Tell Me You Love Me.

In Treatment, premiering tonight–yes, a weeknight!–bucks the system in a much less headline-grabbing fashion than Tell Me You Love Me did: New episodes air every single weeknight, as opposed to the once-weekly (Sunday night) showing we’ve grown accustomed to. 

Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) stars as Paul Weston, a psychotherapist who’s trying to juggle both his client roster and his own problems, for which he seeks help (from Dianne Wiest) on the side. Each night a different patient and his or her session is featured, beginning with a young doctor (30 Days of Night’s Melissa George) who is infatuated with her therapist.

Blair Underwood, Embeth Davidtz, and Josh Charles play some of the other closet crazies showcased on In Treatment, which is adapted from a successful Israeli show.

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