Pivot's poignant comedy "Please Like Me" will return for a second season in August, the network announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter tour in Pasadena.
Created by Josh Thomas, "Please Like Me" is a coming-of-age comedy that landed in my top shows of 2013. It is inspired by painfully awkward events in the life of 25-year-old Australian comedian Thomas.
In the first season, Josh came out to himself and his parents, lost his eccentric great aunt and moved back in to live with his bipolar mother after her suicide attempt. In Season 2, Josh tries to get through the day without upsetting anyone. The new season also welcomes a new dog, a new rabbit and a new baby.
"Hello America. The idea that many of you take time out to watch "Please Like Me" when you live in a country where you can eat a toasted macaroni & cheese sandwich from a food truck, warms my heart. I'm super excited about Season 2," Thomas said in a release. "I love that Pivot has the unique 'doing good things that will make the world nicer' at its core. Both Pivot and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation are dream networks for us to be working with."
Season 2 of the series will have 10 half-hour episodes and is being co-produced by Pivot and Pigeon Fancier Productions/John & Josh International, in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's upstart digital channel ABC1. Production is scheduled to begin in Australia in February.
Pivot, Participant Media's TV network targeting Millennials, also announced the pickup of Joseph-Gordon Leavitt's "HitRecord on TV" a week before its series premiere on the network and the premieres of other new series.
It also will premiere "Bref," a compilation of popular Frnech shorts exploring Millennial themes, at 10 p.m. Jan. 25. More from Pivot: "Minute-long creative shorts with English subtitles, ‘bref.' is the network's newest character driven series that follows the endearing antics of a single, almost 30-year-old Parisian, Kyan, as he weaves through life dealing with work, family and romantic encounters. Featuring a unique storytelling method at a very fast pace, each installment is wrought with quips, one liners and lots of hilarity that all Millennials can relate to. The untraditional series will air in 15-minute blocks to allow the binge viewing that the Pivot audience appreciates."
"Freestyle Love Supreme" will debut at 9 p.m. March 8. The half-hour original special is set in Joe's Pub in New York City, home of a live improvised show from Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, two of the creators of the Tony award-winning musical "In The Heights." In the series, Kail, Veneziale, Lin Manuel Miranda, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Chris Sullivan, Bill Sherman and Arthur Lewis will use rap to spin audience suggestions into fully-realized musical numbers.
Pivot announced it has greenlit production of two original unscripted series, "TerraCycle" and "Welcome to Fairfax," both premiering later this year.
Documenting the non-stop and deadline-driven world of an innovative New Jersey-based company touted as the "coolest little start-up in America," "TerraCycle" will air 10 half-hour, comedic episodes. "Welcome to Fairfax" is a behind-the scenes look at a vibrant, artistic and unique community that has emerged in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of some of the young visionaries who inhabit it.
Finally, Pivot announced that "Raising McCain" star Meghan McCain will become a co-host for the network's news magazine "Take Part Live" beginning this spring.
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