'Catastrophe' Creators on Avoiding Baby Talk, Creating Likeable Characters

The British comedy premieres April 8 in the U.S. on Amazon Prime.
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[Warning: This story contains some spoilers about the second season of Catastrophe, which has already aired in the United Kingdom.]

The stakes have changed for Rob and Sharon in the second season of Catastrophe

The couple, whose one night stand in the first season results in a pregnancy and burgeoning relationship, have flashed forward into the future and their family has grown. But show creators Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney said they are keeping the show focused on the romance between their characters.

"We concentrated on the their relationship, how the baby and having a family affects their love," Horgan said during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "We didn't want to get bogged down with them having a new baby. It's more interesting to show them further into their relationship."

Added Delaney: "We really conceived what you see in season two before we conceived season one. ... We wanted to show the horror of a marriage in progress. That's what we first thought of. Then we were having fun musing on how they met."

Catastrophe, which airs first on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom before coming to Amazon's Prime Instant Video, made its mark in season one for creating a romance between its acerbic main characters. And that's not expected to change in season two, even though Horgan admitted that "it's always a bit of a worry" that the characters will be unlikable. 

"The characters like each other and lust for each other and then they grow to love each other," noted Delaney. "We do know and believe that the characters really love each other. We trust that to come through even when they say monstrous things to each other."

Season two will bring more of co-star Carrie Fisher, who play's Delaney's mother. "People responded to her so well so for season two we wanted to get her in more," said Horgan, noting that it was fun to see Fisher return to Star Wars knowing that she was also a member of the Catastrophe cast. "We wanted to find a way to get her in the room with other characters. We actually have her in London." 

For many American viewers, Catastrophe was their first introduction to Horgan. But she will have a bigger presence this year as the creator of Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker, which will premiere this year on HBO. 

Catastrophe will return to Amazon Prime on April 8. 

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