ROOM 104
In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with creative partners and brothers Mark and Jay Duplass about their new HBO series “Room 104,” which is set in one hotel room and features new characters and genres in each 23-minute episode. The brothers conceived “Room 104” around 10 years ago, but, discouraged by their agent to pitch an anthology series, kept it on the backburner.

When “Togetherness” was canceled and the Duplasses decided they were tired of killing themselves writing and directing every episode of a series, HBO was receptive to their pitch of bringing on new filmmakers to direct the series.

’Room 104’ TV show premiere
Mark Duplass on How the End of ‘Togetherness’ Helped Birth ‘Room 104’

“(‘Togetherness’) was rewarding, but we were telling a similar kind of story over and over again, and all these things started to come together and made us feel like we wanted to try something different that sheds our skin a little bit, that is more intensely collaborative, that works with representation of different types of actors, different types of people behind the camera, and we said we should bring up ‘Room 104’ again,” Mark said.

Mark continued that the pair came up with the story almost entirely organically from their own experiences. “The original impetus for the show is really just how obsessed we are with different kinds of people,” he said. “When we show up in motel rooms, we see little dings on the walls and stains on the carpet, and we just can’t help but wonder about the types of stories and the types of people that were in there before us.
— VARIETY MAGAZINE

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