LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO, which is rebuilding
its drama lineup following the departure of "The Sopranos" and
"Six Feet Under," has ordered two pilots, one set in the world
of biker gangs, the other in the near future at a cutting-edge
medical research institute.
Oscar-nominated writer Michael Tolkin's ("The Player") "1%"
takes its name from a tattoo used by biker gang members to
symbolize life on the fringe of American society. It refers to
a statement put out 50 years ago by the American Motorcycle
Assn. that said gangs don't represent the legitimate motorcycle
community but the 1% who are a threat to the American way of
"Patient 2344," meanwhile, was written by "Man of the
House" scribe John J. McLaughlin. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a
leading expert in such fields as ethics of clinical research,
health care reform and euthanasia, will serve as a consultant.
Additionally, the pay cable network has picked up its racy
relationship drama "Tell Me You Love Me" for a second season.
"Love Me" has stirred controversy with its explicit
depiction of sex scenes. It debuted September 9 to
underwhelming ratings, averaging only 910,000 total viewers,
but the series about three couples in various stages of their
relationship seeing the same therapist (Jane Alexander) has
been building buzz and has developed a devoted following.