HBO orders more Room 104 episodes


HBO has renewed the Duplass Brothers’ anthology series “Room 104” for a second season.

Room 104 has booked a season 2. Variety reports that HBO has renewed the new anthology series less than a month after its premiere, “Ralphie,” which saw a babysitter be terrorized by a young boy. The show is produced by actor-directors Mark and Jay Duplass, the latter of whom starred in episode 4 of season 1, entitled, “I Knew You Weren’t Dead.”

Unlike recent anthology series such as American Horror Story, True Detective and Fargo, which introduce a new story each season, Room 104 is similar to the classic program The Twilight Zone in that it contains different characters and a new plot in every half-hour episode, but all set in the same hotel room. It also typically concludes with a twist ending.

The series, which has received mostly positive reviews from critics, has been paired with Real Time with Bill Maher and Vice on Friday nights, where it has attracted an expectedly small audience given it time slot. The most recent episode drew just 305,000 viewers for its initial airing, which was a slight bump up from the 249,000 viewers that tuned in for its series premiere on July 28.

This is the Duplass Brothers’ third collaboration with HBO following the short-lived series Togetherness and the animated show Animals, which also airs on Friday nights. There are still eight episodes left in the 12-episode first season. Here are the episode descriptions for the remaining episodes (via The Futon Critic):

Episode #5: “The Internet”

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 25 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

In 1997, a son (Karan Soni) must teach his mother (Poorna Jagannathan) how to use the Internet over the phone after leaving behind an important document on his laptop.

Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Doug Emmett.

Episode #6: “Voyeurs”

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

The past and present come face to face when a housekeeper (Dendrie Taylor) reconnects with her younger self (Sarah Hay).

Written by Dayna Hanson; directed by Dayna Hanson.

Episode #7: “The Missionaries”

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

Two young Mormon missionaries (Adam Foster, Nat Wolff) test the boundaries of their faith.

Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.

Episode #8: “Phoenix”

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

In 1969, the sole survivor (Amy Landecker) of a plane crash is faced with a decision: go back to the life she had or seize the opportunity to start anew. Mae Whitman also stars.

Story by Xan Aranda and Ross Partridge; teleplay by Ross Partridge; directed by Ross Partridge.

Episode #9: “Boris”

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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When an aging Croatian tennis player (Konstantin Lavysh) reveals memories of his tortured past to a housekeeper (Veronica Falcon), an unlikely bond is formed. Biff Wiff also stars.

Written by Ross Partridge; directed by Chad Hartigan.

Episode #10: “Red Tent”

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

Two young men (Keir Gilchrist, Brian Hostenske) plotting to disrupt a political convention are interrupted by nerves… and an AC repairman (Hugo Armstrong).

Written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

Episode #11: “The Fight”

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 6 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

Two female Mixed Martial Arts fighters (Natalie Morgan, Keta Meggett) work together to score a bigger payday in an upcoming bout. Stephen Rannazzisi also stars.

Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.

Episode #12: “My Love”

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 13 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

An octogenarian couple (Philip Baker Hall, Ellen Geer) returns to Room 104 to relive their first night together. Jacqueline Wright also stars.

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Room 104 continues Fridays at 11:30 p.m. ET on HBO.