This is such a great vote of confidence in Josh Thomas – S02 premieres shortly and the ABC have commissioned S03 already. Completely disarming and engaging S01 proved that Australian comedy can still do things differently without making it cookie cutter. Can’t wait to see it. From the press release:
ABC PREMIERES SEASON TWO OF JOSH THOMAS’ PLEASE LIKE ME AND COMMISSIONS SEASON THREE!
ABC TV is pleased to announce the much anticipated second season of Josh Thomas’ Please Like Me will premiere on Tuesday August 12 at 9.30pm on ABC2. The critically acclaimed and award-winning series has simultaneously been commissioned for a third season by ABC TV, in collaboration with US television network, Pivot.
Created, written by, and starring celebrated Australian comedian Josh Thomas, ABC TV’s commissioning of season three of Please Like Me was announced to the world’s press at the Television Critics’ Association press tour in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.
“I’m just thrilled ABC TV and Pivot are proceeding so confidently with Please Like Me”, says Josh. “I think it’s such a lovely show. We learnt so much making Season 1 and I think we really stepped it up in Season 2, and will hopefully do the same in Season 3. Our team is just really terrifically good and everything is great and terrific.”
Said ABC Head of Comedy Rick Kalowski, “ABC TV’s third season pickup of Please Like Me before season two even airs is unprecedented, and yet fitting for a show which has become our most watched original ABC2 comedy series, and put Australian TV comedy on the world stage as never before. ABC TV couldn’t be prouder to continue our association with Pivot in the US, or of the new season two, which is a cracker from start to finish.”
Critically acclaimed in both Australia and the US, season one of Please Like Me was heralded as one of the best shows of 2013 by The New Yorker, TIME, Entertainment Weekly and the LA Times.
In Australia, it won the 2014 AACTA Award for Best Television Comedy Series, the AWGIE Award (Australian Writers’ Guild) for Best Comedy Script, and the ADG Award (Australian Directors’ Guild) for Best Direction in a TV Comedy.
It has also been nominated for awards including the LOGIE for Outstanding Light Entertainment Program; the GLAAD Media Award (US) for Outstanding Comedy Series; and the forthcoming Rose D’Or Award for Best International Comedy Series.
Please Like Me’s 10-part season two sees Josh half-heartedly fighting a quarter life crisis while trying to get through the day without upsetting anyone. His mum continues to struggle with mental illness; his best friend Tom chooses all the wrong girls; his dad has a new baby to look after; as Josh, in his own awkward, self-centered and entertainingly frank way, is juggling them all while trying to find himself a boyfriend.
Pivot will broadcast season two in the US on August 8.
Please Like Me is a Pigeon Fancier and John & Josh International Production, produced in association with ABC TV and Pivot. The series was created and written by Josh Thomas. Executive Producers – Josh Thomas, Todd Abbott and Kevin Whyte. ABC TV Executive Producers – Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh. Pivot Executive Producers – Jeff Skoll and Holly Hines.