Family, Friends and Flirting with Forty: HBO’s New Comedy TOGETHERNESS Premieres January 11 on HBO Canada

— December 5, 2014

“. . . if the first trailer for TOGETHERNESS is any reflection of the show at large, be prepared for some hilariously awkward moments.” – Maane Khatchatourian, Variety


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TORONTO (December 5, 2014) – Sunday nights get intimate, complicated, and very funny this winter when HBO’s new comedy TOGETHERNESS premieres Sunday, Jan. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the US. Exploring issues related to friendship, careers, and approaching middle age, the eight-part, half-hour series is the latest offering from filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, who have written, directed, or produced more than 20 films, including Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Baghead, and The Puffy Chair, winner of the Audience Award at SXSW in 2005 and two Independent Spirit Awards. 


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Created by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, and Steve Zissis, TOGETHERNESS blends laughter and pathos while following four adults nearing 40, living under the same roof. Brett and Michelle are struggling to rekindle the spark in their relationship, which has dwindled due to the stresses of marriage and children. When Brett’s friend Alex and Michelle’s sister, Tina, move in with them, the foursome engage in a tragically comedic struggle to follow their personal dreams, while still remaining good friends, siblings, and spouses to each other.


TOGETHERNESS stars: writer-director-producer Mark Duplass (THE LEAGUE) as Brett Pierson, a straitlaced sound designer trying to rediscover himself as he nears his 40s; Melanie Lynskey (TWO AND A HALF MEN) as Michelle Pierson, eager to rekindle her passion for romance and life; Amanda Peet (The Way, Way Back) as Tina Morris, desperate to get her bouncy-castle business off the ground while looking for a husband; and Steve Zissis (Jeff, Who Lives at Home) as struggling actor Alex Pappas, who nearly leaves town but is convinced by Brett to give his career one last try.


Guest stars include: Peter Gallagher (THE O.C.) as Larry, a movie producer; John Ortiz (HBO’s LUCK) as David, a divorced dad campaigning for a charter school; and Mary Steenburgen (JOAN OF ARCADIA) as Linda, a free spirit who takes an interest in helping Brett come out of his shell.


The series is executive produced by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, co-executive producer is Stephanie Langhoff, consulting producers are Amanda Lasher, Caroline Williams, and Steve Zissis, and line producer is Aida Rodger.


Also on Sunday, Jan. 11, the fourth season of HBO’s GIRLS debuts at 9 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the second season of LOOKING at 10 p.m. ET/MT.


In Eastern Canada, the series will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.


HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).







About HBO Canada

HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).


About Movie Central

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at


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For more information:

For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada):

Nicolle Balen, 416.384.4061 or 


For Movie Central (Western Canada):

Danielle Sefton, 416.479.6094 or