Get ready to check in for some therapy as In Treatment returns for a new season, with a new doctor at the helm.
The reimagining of the series is set in present day Los Angeles, and brings a diverse trio of patients into the office of Dr. Brooke Taylor to help navigate a variety of modern concerns. Issues such as the global pandemic, and recent major social and cultural shifts, are a backdrop to the work Dr. Taylor undertakes, all while she deals with complications in her own personal life.
Two-time Emmy Award Winner Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black, Mrs. America) stars as Dr. Taylor, working with showrunners Jennifer Schuur and Joshua Allen.
Schuur explains the creative team’s reimagining of the show saying, “We wanted to make sure that our priorities were to honor the original version, but also make sure that we were making it feel like a show that is being made in 2021, whether that be through setting alone, sunny Los Angeles versus a brownstone in New York, or also having a more diverse cast.”
She adds that doing the series right now gave the opportunity for the narrative to say some very important things about this particular time in history. “We have racial justice movements and the #MeToo movement happening. We talk about toxic masculinity and addiction. We cover a lot of [present day] topics. We just felt like that was a way to update the show in a great way.”
Allen, who is credited with creating the character of Dr. Taylor, explains his thought process in molding her, saying, “When I started seeing my first therapist years ago, my family was like, ‘Well, you’re not crazy, so why are you seeing a therapist?’ There’s such a stigma attached to it, especially in communities of color, so it felt important to me, personally, to put that on television to show that we all need this.”
Aduba says that most importantly her character, “She shows up for her patients. She shows up for them no matter what.”
To make sure the therapy was accurate, Schuur says that the show had a consultant working with them, and that Dr. Taylor, “brings herself into the room with her patients. She believes offering her own life experience and her feelings in a session actually creates more honesty with her patients and an ability for them to become more vulnerable and open with her.”
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Aduba adds, “I think what’s also been interesting in doing this show is that you also get to watch how that type of therapy and treatment is exercised from patient-to-patient and session-to-session.”
As for portraying this character, after having success in many other roles, Aduba says, “This is easily one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had in my life; the hardest thing I’ve ever worked on in terms of the preparation [and active listening to the patients on-screen]. [But], I cannot make that statement without also saying that it is also one of the most satisfying, fulfilling experiences I’ve also ever had. This project came into my life at a time that it was needed and has brought an excitement and an energy — there’s a thrill [to it]. It’s that nervous feeling you’d feel every single day we sit down. I’m going to go to work, and the butterflies are going to come back in my stomach.”
With In Treatment now back in session, Schuur says, “It’s really an opportunity to be able to talk about the things that are touching us presently in a very deep and personal and meaningful way.”
‘In Treatment’ airs Sundays at 9e/p on HBO and HBO Max.