GLAAD-Nominated Aussie Comedy 'Please Like Me' to Get Second Season
SYDNEY -- The Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Participant Media have confirmed they've commissioned a second season of Josh Thomas' GLAAD-nominated comedy Please Like Me, with production of another 10 half-hour episodes starting this week in Melbourne.
The second season stars Thomas alongside a host of returning and new castmembers, and it will air later this year on ABC2 in Australia and Pivot TV in the U.S. Pivot is a cable channel owned by Participant Media that targets 18- to 34-year-old viewers.
The first season of Please Like Me was heralded as one of the best shows of 2013 by The New Yorker, Time, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times.
In Australia, the series was ABC2's highest rated original comedy, and in January, it won the 2014 AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) award for best television comedy or light entertainment series. It is currently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding comedy series, alongside Glee, Modern Family, Orange Is the New Black and 2014 Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
New castmembers in season two include the Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, Australian entertainer Denise Drysdale, and rising stars Keegan Joyce (Rake), Charles Cottier (Home and Away) and Charlotte Nicdao (The Slap, The Time of Our Lives).
In the first season, Thomas was dumped by his girlfriend, gained and lost a boyfriend, came out to his parents, lost his eccentric great aunt and moved back in to live with his bipolar mother after her suicide attempt. Now he just tries to get through the day without upsetting anyone. The new season also welcomes a new dog, a new rabbit and a new baby.
Director Matthew Saville (The Slap, Cloudstreet, Felony) and producer Todd Abbott also return for the second season. Executive producers are Thomas, Abbott and Kevin Whyte. Executive producers for ABC are Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh, and for Pivot, Jeff Skoll and Holly Hines.
Kalowski, ABC head of comedy, said, "We couldn't be prouder at ABC to be going into business with Pivot on season two of this outstanding show. I've never read new scripts as assured as these. Please Like Me fans all over the world are in for a major treat."