Brothers Roberto Benabib (Weeds, Ally McBeal) and Kim Benabib are behind The Brink, the latest political series at HBO. The dark comedy will focus on three men: Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) as they face a different geopolitical crisis every season. Season 1 deals with a potential political coup in Pakistan.
The trailer's hilarious, and the supporting cast is excellent: Aasif Mandvi (Spider-Man 2, Jericho ) co-stars as Black's Pakistani contact at the U.S. Embassy, and he'll also co-write and produce on the series; he'll be joined by the too-great Maribeth Monroe (Workaholics), Boardwalk Empire and Dexter's Geoff Pierson, NYPD: Blue's Esai Morales and Eric Laden, also from Boardwalk Empire and The Killing.
It's a strong concept and the trailer has a great energy. The Brink's ten-episode season premieres on HBO June 21 with a pilot ep written by the Benabib brothers and directed by Jay Roach. You in?