"Please Like Me" a new Australian comedy about a gay 20 yr old starts tonight
From its website:
[quote]And when Josh finds himself in bed with a very attractive man after being dumped by his girlfriend, it’s clear he has a few things to sort out.
All six episodes air tonight on Pivot, a new cable station formerly known as Halogen. Well-received by critics, it should be fun to watch.
It has a page at Wikipedia, but here's the link to its website.
I wanted to like it more than I did. It's like a less good Grandma's House.
And the casting of the ex-girlfriend and new boyfriend was ridiculous. Both are far too good looking for Thomas.
His stand-up DVD (Surprise) and that of his ex-boyfriend, fellow comedian Tom Ballard (Tom Ballard Is What He Is), are worth a look.
Saw it months ago. Incredibly good. Hot boyfriend, nudity. Fuck yes!!!
I'm glad all six half-hours are on tonight. One less thing to keep track of.
Article from NY Daily News:
Contrary to popular wisdom, says Evan Shapiro, the millennial generation would love to watch TV.
“The problem,” he says, “is that the TV industry doesn’t give them anything they want to see.”
He’s hoping to change that, starting today, with a new network called Pivot that’s aimed entirely at the generation that started coming of age around the turn of the century.
Shapiro is Pivot’s president.
Because one accurate stereotype of millennials is that they are tech-savvy, he says, Pivot invites potential viewers to get acquainted through www.pivot.tv and an app.
More traditionally, it is available on Dish TV, DirecTV and Verizon FiOS, among other places.
Viewers will see a mix of entertainment and talk programs.
[italic]The first scripted show is “Please Like Me,” a half-hour comedy by Australian writer/actor Josh Thomas. It’s a slice of his own life, filmed in a style not designed at all for the five-second attention span all millennials are said to possess.
In the first episode, Josh loses his girlfriend, discovers he might be gay and learns his mother has tried to commit suicide.
As he deals with all this, we see him walking slowly down corridors, or just sitting in silence.
“There was talk of making an ‘American’ version,” Thomas says. "But Pivot liked it just the way it was. It’s not a show where I tell jokes. The humor comes out of the situations, and they have to be real. So when we’re in the hospital, there’s a lot of sitting around. Hospitals are boring."[/italic]
The first episode is available on the Pivot website; the six-episode first season will air Thursday starting at 8 p.m.
Other new programs on Pivot will include “TakePart Live,” a daily talk show premiering Thursday at midnight with hosts Jacob Soboroff and Cara Santa Maria, both Huffington Post veterans.
On Sept. 14, Pivot will premiere the docu-series “Jersey Strong,” about Bloods and Crips in Newark, and the talk show “Raising McCain” with Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan.
The channel will feature original programming on Saturday nights and movies on Sunday. Those films are likely to include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Contagion” and “Lincoln" — all made by Pivot’s parent company, Participant Media.
It will also run the series “Friday Night Lights,” starting Friday.
As this lineup suggests, Shapiro thinks millennials like to discuss social and political issues and get involvedin the world around them.
“People say this is a generation of navel-gazing narcissists,” he says. “Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a generation that’s past arguments about gender equality or same-sex marriage or race.
“It’s a generation that’s aware, involved and wants to make the world better. It’s the next greatest generation.”
I watched the beginning and it looks pretty good. Season Pass on TiVo even if it is not available in HD. Looks like they are running five or six eps in a row tonight.
All six episodes (that´s all they´ve made so far.)
What is that thing on his lip?
It took me til the 5th episode to realise his mother was Pippa on Home & Away.
I liked it and I usually hate sitcoms. As Josh said--it doesn't set up jokes in the ham-handed way most American shows do then tell you to laugh with a laugh track.
I enjoyed the fantasy that when you meet a hot friend of a friend he just crawls into you bed and makes out with you.
The mother trying to kill herself by swallowing a bottle of Tylenol and drinking half a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream is pretty funny.
If only he would get rid of that thing on his lip.
I didn't understand the friend's disbelief at drinking half a bottle of Bailey's. I could polish a bottle off like that.
I went to Time Warner's website to check their channel lineup and Pivot is listed as 188, but when I tried to turn to it, it's not there.
Maybe I will try to watch this online.
I´ve seen the first four episodes and the star/writer/creator seems to be an unlikable, major pain in the ass. (And I mean that in a negative way.)
It was interesting enough. Josh clearly has a personality disorder, although I'm not sure exactly which one...
Two of Thomas' ex-boyfriends are also comedians and both are called Thom(as).
it's really annoying based on the first two scenes.
I watched all 6 episodes and I'm amazed that someone would use this series to launch a new network. Obviously I'm too old for it so maybe this has great appeal to the 20 somethings.
What's good is he at least acknowledges his flaws (like having an old looking face) up front and uses it in his comedy bit. The actor playing the boyfriend is very appealing. Too bad I kept thinking Josh was a bit of a jerk throughout the whole series.
[quote] Too bad I kept thinking Josh was a bit of a jerk throughout the whole series.
I don't see that as a bad thing. He had nothing on the best friend's girlfriend.
I wish the boyfriend relaxed his cheeks when filming the bathroom scene.
So there,R2,you`re the woman from the `Woman is 55 but she looks 20` ads!
i'm way, way past Pivots demographics and loved the 6 episodes. Josh is a total ass, and i'd not want to be anywhere near him in real life, but really enjoyed the humor. the scene of him changing clothes behind the door had me laughing out loud.
I couldn't help but compare it to Simon Amstell's "Grandma's House". They both conform to the "awkward asshole" category.
Why did he break up with Geoffrey? Josh is an idiot.
I've just watched the first three episodes of the six-episode first season, and I'm going to watch the next three later this afternoon. I really like it so far. It's a great mix of comedy and drama--it made me think of Muriel's Wedding. (Are they both very Australian in tone?) My favorite scene so far was when Aunt Peg was asking Josh about the size of his testicles and telling him he was pear-shaped.
I really liked it. Season 2 starts Friday.
I finished watching episodes 4-6, and they were great as well. Unfortunately, the cable guide had mislabeled episodes 4 and 5, so I watched them out of order (and they really do need to be watched in order). Looking forward to season 2.
Wade Briggs is quite the hottie, n'est pas?
I'm watching the third one and think it's awful. Josh is not appealing in any way whatsoever.
What's up with six, half-hour episodes making an entire season? Who the hell can get hooked on that?
Friday at 10:30pm, with plenty of rebroadcasts.
[quote]What's up with six, half-hour episodes making an entire season? Who the hell can get hooked on that?
I know. How on earth did Absolutely Fabulous become an iconic sitcom? Or Fawlty Towers? Each of those series had 6 episode seasons, too.
I thought this was awful. I mean, it sorta' got better around the third episode but the main character, Josh, is just so incredibly unlikable that it tarnishes the whole thing. Plus, I think he's hideous to look at.
How in the world did this make it to television?
Josh is adorable, and the show is actually heartbreaking if you give it a chance. The final episode of Season 1 is really well done, as was the whole Auntie Peg story arc.
Can't wait for Season 2 over here.
Josh Thomas is fucking annoying. And don't get me started on that fake Welsh accent he puts on.
All of the negative posters on this thread come off as more insufferable to be around than Josh ever does.
It just makes me like Josh even more.
What a shame that other Australian show A Place To Call Home which also a gay character and good storytelling got axed in the middle of season 2
So he's bisexual, not gay.
He's absolutely hideous and dumber than a box of hair.
I'm an Australian and I have never heard another Australian talk like him in my life. I don't know if it's an affectation or if there is something genuinely wrong with him, but it's fucking awful. He was also on the Australian version of that celebrity diving show and it was painful to watch his body shame.
No gay person in Australia has body shame? No one on Datalounge?
Reads like people around here hate in Josh the character what they don't like in themselves.
It's a comedy. He's admitting the flaws in the character. How can people not get that?
Lots of humourless people on DL, surprise surprise.
What are you talking about R47? I was referring to Josh's appearance on a nationally televised show where he got his kit off and looked like he wanted to kill himself. No one for ed him to appear nearly naked diving into a pool.
I'm talking about what you're talking about, R49.
The thread was about the show, and you decided to bitch about the person and the comic.
No one forced you to watch the show either. "Painful" to watch? Turn it off.
He's a comic, mocking himself and his anxieties in his TV appearances, including the show. He wants you to laugh at him.
Again, I think he's funny. You seem awfully bitter not to get it.
I'll check out the second series but I have little interest in Josh himself. He's like a less effective version of Simon Amstell with his "charming arsehole" persona.
He has introduced me to a lot of Australian gay comedians, though.
R47 - you need sunglasses to look at his pasty, white body. Don't you have tanning beds in Australia? Or at least spray tans?
Tanning beds in Australia?! Is that meant to be a witticism?
Haha - just googled - didn't realize Oz is moving to ban tanning beds. Great idea.
Apparently Josh has had his hair done (plugs? weave?) for the second series. I didn't notice he was losing it in the first one.
New episode tonight
Josh is the gay Hannah of Girls. It's his friends that make the series interesting.
What did everyone think of the first episode of the new season?
I talk to people with various accents from all over the world every day, and usually I don't have a problem, but I kept needing to go back and listen to parts again to try to get everything. I think the sound mix is bad.
I liked it, though. A bit of eye candy, which was nice.
They gave everyone a makeover for the second season. Probably a condition for the American cable network Pivot to bankroll it.
Josh got more hair, and perhaps a nose job? Or chin tuck, or .. something. He looks different and not so off-putting. Ditto the fat roommate's fat girlfriend, Josh's mother, Josh's dad...
Unwisely, the insanely hot Wade Briggs is gone. So I will be too, probably.