HBO’s new drama In Treatment (premieres tonight) launches a creepy/cool website, He’s Listening.com. Click on sections of brain to pull up audio and video thoughts of the main characters. If only the thoughts were a little less tasteful, and more like real life. Allegedly the patients care what their therapist thinks, according to Paul Weston, the therapist played by Gabriel Byrne:
If patients could see what I think about them, if they could see inside my head, they would run for the hills, believe me
The series is based on an Israeli television hit, Be’ Tipul.
Viewers can tune in every single night of the week to watch Byrne listen to the guest stars, for 9 weeks, at the end of which, they’re either cured or committed. As the character is a psychotherapist, he can’t prescribe anything, thus no interesting drug reactions.
Margy Rochlin, in the IHT, calls it a new kind of soap.
Robert Blanco, in USA Today, says it has issues.
Alessanda Stanley , in the NYT says it’s smart and rigorous, and remembering that she is neither, make up your own mind.