HBO and the Duplass brothers are joining together in the spirit of "Togetherness."
The premium cable network has issued a pilot order for the indie filmmakers' latest project. The series revolves around two couples who live under the same roof, struggling to maintain their relationships while pursuing their individual dreams. The brothers will reportedly stick to behind the camera duties, collaborating on the script while serving as directors and executive producers on the half-hour pilot.
The project marks the first collaboration of the brothers on a small-screen project after numerous independent features that the pair has worked together on. Mark Duplass has most recently made a guest appearance on Fox's "The Mindy Project," and is currently seen in FX's "The League." Despite his on-camera roles, he will likely not appear on the new series.
Mark and Jay Duplass brothers excel at the awkward, shoe-gazing romantic comedy (for evidence, check out "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" and/or "Cyrus"), so it would make a solid pairing with female equivalent "Girls." It will face a bit of competition, as HBO has already picked up a couple of other half-hour comedy pilots: one an untitled project from "Brothers and Sisters"' David Marshall Grant about a group of gay friends in San Francisco; "People In New Jersey" from Bruce Eric Kaplan, Lorne Michaels, and Jason Reitman; and a project from "The Office" co-creator Stephen Merchant entitled "Hello Ladies," already picked up to series.