HBO Buys Rights to Produce 40 Episodes of Hit Israeli TV Series

American cable network HBO is ordering 40 new episodes of the series "Treatment," based on the critically-acclaimed Israeli TV series "Betipul," which portrays a psychologist who treats patients at his clinic five days a week and then seeks psychological treatment for himself. Gabriel Byrne ("The Usual Suspects") will play the Assi Dayan role of the psychologist. Israeli actress Noa Tishbi, who introduced the series to HBO, will be a co-executive producer, alongside Hagai Levi, the creator of the original Israeli series. The series will feature Blair Underwood ("L.A. Law," "Sex and the City"), Embeth Davidtz, Mia Wasikowska, Dianne Wiest and Melissa George. (Ruta Kupfer)