ENTERTAINMENT
07/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

HBO's Banking On Its Big Penis Comedy

Next Sunday will offer the premiere of a comedy about a teacher in Michigan. Once a star athlete who seemed destined for success, he is divorced, separated from his children and so financially strapped that he is camping outside the fire-damaged home inherited from his parents. Heeding the words of a motivational speaker, he vows to capitalize on his greatest asset (see above) and decides to become a male prostitute.

The show's name: "Hung."

HBO is banking on this show to become a breakout hit. Not just a niche-market gem like "Flight of the Conchords" or a critical (but ratings-challenged) darling like "In Treatment," but something that speaks to the national mood, a "Sex and the City" for both sexes that would cement the reputation of a relatively new management team at the cable channel.

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