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Flaked will likely live on.
Per sources, Netflix is nearing a deal for a second season of Will Arnett’s deeply personal Venice, Calif. dramedy. The order is expected to be for six episodes, and comes some two months after the series premiered globally on the streaming service.
To date, Flaked has been co-written by creators Arnett and his pal Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), with Ben Silverman, manager-producer Peter Principato and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz serving as executive producers. Arnett also stars alongside a lesser known cast that includes David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney and George Basil.
Set in that insular world of Venice, the series centers on a self-appointed “guru” named Chip, played by Arnett, who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination, London (Kearney). But it didn’t take long for the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety to unravel.
In a revealing profile in The Hollywood Reporter, Arnett, a five-time Emmy nominee, opened up about his own struggles with sobriety, acknowledging that he, like his character, had quietly fallen off the wagon while filming the series. The latter made some of the criticisms lobbed at the semi-autobiographical project that much harder for Arnett to stomach.
During the THR interview, which was conducted pre-premiere in March, Arnett suggested that assuming the series scored a second season, Chip would follow a similar path that he had and turn to his friend Dennis (Sullivan) to get him sober.
For Arnett, the Venice dramedy is one of several projects he has going. In addition to his work on Netflix’s animated comedy BoJack Horseman, Arnett is heavily involved in the Lego, Nut Job and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchises. A Turtles follow-up is set to debut in early June.
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