Hung Out to Dry

I’ll watch anything directed by Alexander Payne, and I suppose I can see the concept for HBO’s new series as a mid-season replacement sitcom, perhaps, or an August dumping-ground 90-minute comedy. But I have a hard time seeing how it will, ah, support a full-length season of television. Also: Must every new cable series now use as its premise some sort of violent, sexual, or scatological gimmickry? In under a decade, we’ve gone from The Sopranos to this?