Back in January, news first broke that indie filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass were heading to HBO to write, executive produce and direct the pilot for a half-hour comedy called “Togetherness.” Now Deadline reports that Mark Duplass has also taken on a role as one of the four leads for the potential series.
He will star alongside Amanda Peet (“The Way, Way Back”), Melanie Lynskey (“Hello I Must Be Going”) and Steve Zissis (“Jeff, Who Lives at Home”) as two couples, one married and the other newly formed, living under the same roof while struggling to maintain both their relationships and careers. Peet will play Tina, who moves in with her Los Angeles-based sister (Lynskey), along with her sister’s husband (Duplass) and his best friend (Zissis).
While Mark Duplass has had a variety of comedic television roles lately in shows like “The League” (on which he will continue) and his ongoing guest spot in “The Mindy Project,” in which Jay has also acted, this project will mark his first time as his own writer-director since the Duplass’ directorial debut, 2005’s “The Puffy Chair.” Zissis has also been a consistent collaborator with the two brothers, with roles in all of their post-“Puffy Chair” films, as well as a one-off appearance in “The League.”
If “Togetherness” is ordered by HBO as a full series, the show will be the Duplass’ first TV project as writers/creators.