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HBO gets 'Hung' up -- on sex

July 05, 2009

It may be that HBO's "Hung" has as much artistry, sociological value, great acting and humanism as Reed Johnson's article suggests ("The Anatomy of a Dramedy," June 28), but if so, somebody should tell the HBO marketing department about it.

Looming over Santa Monica Boulevard near Sepulveda is a huge billboard that blatantly superimposes these words over the faces of the two main characters: "HO" and "PIMP." HBO knows what it has and what it is selling. It has had to get down and dirty to compete with Showtime's "Californication," "Weeds" and "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." Mission accomplished.

Please spare us the "artistry."

Allen Levy

Orange

Levy is assistant professor of Communication Studies at Chapman University.

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