Pivot Sticks With 'Please Like Me,' Orders Third Season

The year-old cable network gives an early greenlight to the co-production and also acquires reality series "The Operatives."
"Please Like Me"

Plenty of young networks don't keep the series from their launch, but Pivot is still very fond of Please Like Me. The network announced a third-season pickup for the dramedy at the start of Friday's panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

"I'm thrilled to announce that Please Like Me is coming back for a third season," said Pivot executive vp originals Belisa Balaban. "Josh Thomas' work is a true revelation of the soul of his generation — messy and complicated, smart yet naive, wickedly self-aware and unapologetically hopeful. We're delighted to continue our collaboration with ABC Australia on the show."

Pivot came on board with Please Like Me after its first season aired in Australia, where it also films, and the network has since become a production partner in the series. It stands out among the bulk of Pivot's other offerings — news, reality and acquisitions — as its scripted centerpiece. (Stanley Tucci starrer Fortitude will come to the network in 2015 after its original run on U.K. broadcaster Sky.)

As for how this process has changed since the stateside upstart came on board, Please Like Me creator, star and writer Thomas was very candid about his initial apprehension. "Last time I was here, it was a new relationship," he said of his first TCA visit in 2013. "I was thinking 'Who are these guys, and are they going to f— me?' And they didn't. They're quite lovely."

The sophomore run of Please Like Me starts Aug. 8 on Pivot.

Other news Pivot brought out on Friday was the order for new unscripted original The Operatives. The series, acquired from Zodiak Rights, follows elite, radical conservationists who take on the world's worst eco offenders.