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'In Treatment' ends second season of sessions with Emmy sizzle

May 26, 2009 | 12:25 pm

Our forum posters remained enthusiastic about the second season of "In Treatment" throughout its seven-week run on HBO, which wrapped up this holiday weekend. Based on the hit Israeli series "BeTipul," "In Treatment" unfolds over the course of weekly therapy sessions. As Dr. Paul Weston, Gabriel Byrne counsels a different patient in four of the weekly installments while in the fifth he is undergoing therapy himself.

Gabriel Byrne Alison Pill In Treatment HBO Emmy AwardsThis season, the good doctor is treating another wide array of patients. Among those earning plaudits from our posters are current Tony nominee Hope Davis ("God of Carnage") as a successful attorney who blames Weston for her woes because she was once under his care. And two-time Emmy nominee John Mahoney ("Frasier"), who plays a CEO consumed by panic attacks, has earned his share of rave reviews as well.

But it is one-time Tony nominee Alison Pill ("The Lieutenant of Inishmore") as a student in denial about her cancer who has won over most of our posters. Last month Atypical said, "Alison Pill was incredible this week. She's on a different playing field than everyone else at this point. Just wow." More recently Buffy Mars thought, "Alison Pill should win the Emmy. I watch a lot of tv and I know there are many great supporting actress performances this year, but she's on a completely different level from everyone else." And for sirkevin, "It has been years since I've been so moved and intrigued by a character arc on television. Pill is creating one of the most complex characters of the season. What a star. She really deserves this."

However, as nicolefan notes, "I'm really rooting for Alison Pill this year. I mean, I'm a nervous wreck while watching her episodes, she's just so unbelievably real and heartbreaking. I doubt she'll get a nomination, but she truly deserves to win it this year. And as much as I like Diane Wiest and Hope Davis, I bet they get in over Alison Pill just on name recognition alone. I wouldn't mind them getting nominated, because they're both great, but only if Alison Pill can get nominated too."

Last year, Gabriel Byrne earned his first Emmy nod for this role but lost the lead actor in a drama series race to Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"). In January, he won a Golden Globe as a consolation prize.

Two-time Oscar champ Dianne Wiest ("Hannah and Her Sisters," "Bullets over Broadway") won her second Emmy Award for her work as the therapist's therapist Dr. Gina Toll. Wiest prevailed over perennial Emmy champ Candice Bergen ("Boston Legal" ) and repeat nominees Rachel Griffith ("Brothers and Sisters") and "Grey's Anatomy" co-stars Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson.

And Glynn Turman won the guest actor Emmy for his turn as the father of one of Weston's patients, a traumatized fighter pilot (Blair Underwood). After the flier died in a training exercise, the father confronted the therapist. This season he returns to sue the doctor for malpractice.

Photo: Gabriel Byrne and Alison Pill. Credit: HBO.

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Hoping for a 3rd season of In Treatment. Gabriel Byrne is absolutley outstanding and my fingers are crossed that this year he will win the Emmy.

My only "complaint" about Season 2 of "In Treatment" is that it is already over. Only seven weeks?! Agh!!!

I am reminded of a book I read many years ago. I loved the story and characters so very much that I slowed my reading pace to a crawl, and then postponed reading the end of it for months. I didn't want it to be over, and mourned it like a lost friend when it was.

Alas, television forges on at its own pace, and so I found myself watching this season's finale episodes last night.

I am completely caught up in these storytellers' art and artistry. Each story arc has its own internal logic and extraordinary value, but for me the brilliance of "In Treatment" is how they weave in and out of each other, and refract off each other. In doing so, they provide yet another opportunity to deepen my understanding of the psychological realm in which these lives are being explored. I will watch Season 2 more than once, and I know I will find new things to appreciate and to ponder with each additional viewing.

So, here is my plea to HBO and to the "In Treatment" company of writers, actors, directors and producers - bring on Season 3. You are creating television at its very finest, and I can hardly wait to see what comes next.

Gabriel is absolutely brilliant. If he doesn't win the Emmy this year there is something wrong .

Alison Pill was f***ing brilliant and that's why she won't be nominated for an Emmy. Brilliant unknows are always snubbed by voters. They will nominate the same old, same old. And her place is going to be taken by Dianne Wiest who shouldn;t be even in TOP5. Sad, but true.


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