8:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Please Like Me' Creator's Freeform Comedy Ordered to Series (Exclusive)
Everything's Gonna Be Okay for Freeform.
The Disney-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode series order to the comedy created, written by and starring Josh Thomas (Please Like Me).
In the series, put in development in May, Thomas stars as Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of whom has autism. He is not particularly helpful in raising his siblings, but when their dad becomes terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss, but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to hold it all together.
It's unclear if the series will bow in 2019 as a premiere date/window has not yet been determined. Kayla Cromer, Maeve Press and Adam Faison co-star alongside Thomas.
"The absolute bestest thing about having a brand-new TV show is getting to create new characters," Thomas said. "I love the characters in this show, and I love how our cast depicts them — they are funny and kind and fascinating. I feel very grateful to Freeform for giving me the opportunity to introduce them to you."
Thomas serves as showrunner on the comedy and exec produces alongside David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner for Avalon Television. Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte also exec produce. Avalon Distribution international distribution on the series.
The pickup, which had been in the works before Freeform development topper Karey Burke was plucked to replace Channing Dungey as ABC Entertainment president, will see Everything's Gonna Be Okay join a Freeform scripted lineup that includes comedies Grown-ish, Good Trouble and Besties on top of dramas Cloak and Dagger, The Bold Type, Siren and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
"Both on- and offscreen, Josh is a master of creativity and bringing unique stories about underrepresented topics to television," Freeform President Tom Ascheim said. "At Freeform, we are committed to elevating narratives that resonate with today’s youth culture and this series is the perfect vehicle for that. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Josh to tell the story of this unconventional, quirky family that will spark many conversations around love, grief and adulting.”
Thomas, repped by WME and Avalon Management, drew critical praise for creating, writing and starring in his Pivot-turned-Hulu Australian comedy Please Like Me.