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On Facebook, a Pakistan-centered Dark Comedy

by AFP and Newsweek Pakistan
Tim Robbins (left) at the premiere of his new show in Hollywood, June 8.

Tim Robbins (left) at the premiere of his new show in Hollywood, June 8.

Pay TV giant uses social media site for streaming new shows.

HBO launched two new comedy shows on Facebook on Thursday.

The Brink, a new half-hour dark-comedy series, focuses on a geopolitical crisis in Pakistan and its effects on three disparate and desperate men: Walter Larson (played by Tim Robbins), the U.S. Secretary of State; Alex Talbot (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot.

“These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three,” said the pay TV giant in a statement.

HBO posted the first episodes of The Brink and Ballers, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a retired American football superstar reinventing his life in Florida, on Facebook on June 25, turning the social networking site into a new platform for TV viewing.

The Brink and Ballers will be available free on Facebook “for a limited time.”

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