“Room 104,” the new HBO anthology series from the Duplass brothers, tells individual, episodic stories in each of its 12 half-hour installments, and all 12 are set within the same cheap, dingy hotel room.
Set in a single room of a non-descript, American hotel room, Room 104 tells the stories of a wild assortment of characters who come to stay there. "We’ve all seen stories set in seedy motels and high-class international resorts, but for years we’ve been fascinated by the funny, weird, sad, scary, absurd things going down in that corporate chain hotel near the airport," creators Jay and Mark Duplass shared offering some insight into their inspiration behind the show. "That’s what Room 104 is after… finding some magic in the seemingly mundane."
The first episode, which premiered at the ATX TV Festival Saturday evening, is a lot closer to Mark Duplass’ work in indie films “Creep” and “The One I Love” than the brothers’ former HBO comedy.
It's clear that these stories will run the gambit of bizarre, funny, and scary. It's hard to know for sure, but it looks as though the show could cross over into the sci-fi realm as well based on the brief preview. Is the room the only thing connecting them or could it be something else as well? There are tons of Twilight Zone vibes.
Some recognizable faces are joining the cast include Parenthood's Mae Whitman, Nat Wolff from Paper Towns, James Van Der Beek, and co-producer Jay Duplass himself.
HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys said, "Jay and Mark Duplass are two of the most inventive talents in TV today. We’re excited to see what they do with this unique concept."
This is not the first time the Duplass brothers have partnered with HBO. In fact, this is their third project with the network after Togetherness and Animals came out in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
ROOM 104: One room. 12 stories. Infinite possibilities. It is set to premiere Friday, July 28.http://www.indiewire.com/2017/06/room-104-mark-duplass-hbo-premiere-tv-show-atx-festival-1201840512/