Knocked Up writer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with a relationship comedy series nabbed by Netflix to be released in summer 2016.
Love is about, well… love, and the humiliation, intimacy and commitment that comes with it. The ten-part series – co-written with Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn 99) and Paul Rust (Arrested Development) – follows Micky (Community’s Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Rust) as they deal with the best and worst of relationships.
“I am so excited to get to work with Paul and Lesley on this project,” said Apatow. “Netflix has been supportive in ways I couldn’t create in my wildest fever dreams.”
Apatow is “bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners,” added Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
The online streaming service promises the series will be “unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest” and given that Apatow produced Lena Dunham’s Girls and wrote Knocked Up, that’s certainly easy to believe.
Netflix clearly has faith in the format – they’ve already commissioned two series with no pilot, an approach first afforded to David Fincher and Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards which went on to win four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for best actress Robin Wright.
While Apatow is now best known for his work in films – his successes have included Superbad, Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, This is 40 and Knocked Up – he started his career in TV and executive produced 1999’s Freaks and Geeks. He’s kept his hand in ever since, producing Lena Dunham’s smash hit Girls and even guest-writing an episode of The Simpsons, a script he penned 20 years ago which will feature in the show’s upcoming 26th series.
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