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Netflix Orders Ryan O’Connell Comedy Series ‘Special’ Produced By Jim Parsons

Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Special, a comedy series based on Ryan O’Connell’s part-memoir, part-manifesto I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves. Starring, written by and executive produced by O’Connell, it hails from Jim Parson’s That’s Wonderful Productions and Warner Bros’ Digital Networks’ Stage 13 and is set to premiere April 12.

The semi-autobiographical Special is based loosely on O’Connell’s own upbringing and experience as a gay man navigating the world with cerebral palsy. He stars in the series as a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his identity as an accident victim and finally go after the life he wants. Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel, Marla Mindelle, Augustus Prew and Patrick Fabian also star.

by Anonymousreply 9605/02/2019

Two thumbs up... or they would be, if only I could stop twitching!

by Anonymousreply 102/06/2019


by Anonymousreply 203/25/2019


by Anonymousreply 303/25/2019

Hopefully this will do well enough

by Anonymousreply 403/25/2019

I think he’s cute. I’d do him.

by Anonymousreply 503/25/2019

Uhm, what is wrong with her eyes?

by Anonymousreply 603/25/2019

I heard someone with advanced screeners say it's good but there's still an embargo on reviews. Can't wait!

by Anonymousreply 703/26/2019

For sure going to watch it.

by Anonymousreply 803/26/2019

He has cerebral palsy R6.

by Anonymousreply 903/26/2019

r6 It's called strabismus and while it occurs in healthy people all the time, cerebral palsy, premature birth, and family history of the condition are all risk factors. So it's obviously due to cerebral palsy in his case.

by Anonymousreply 1003/26/2019

I don't see anything wrong with his eye.

by Anonymousreply 1103/26/2019

That trailer actually made me start to tear up.

by Anonymousreply 1203/26/2019

Honestly, it looks pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 1303/26/2019

He's great. I like that he's self-deprecating. He's not afraid to make fun of himself and his disability.

by Anonymousreply 1403/29/2019

I'm just grateful we're past the point of them hiring a non-palsy person who would then mimic the movements of someone with cerebral palsy. Bullet dodged.

by Anonymousreply 1503/29/2019

[quote]I'm just grateful we're past the point of them hiring a non-palsy person who would then mimic the movements of someone with cerebral palsy. Bullet dodged.

Yeah. Dust dike dey did in my day.

by Anonymousreply 1603/29/2019

*typing with my eyes*

Or me.

by Anonymousreply 1703/29/2019

R14 0:46 LOL!

by Anonymousreply 1803/29/2019

Looks interesting.

by Anonymousreply 1903/29/2019

how does he clean his rectum well enough for bottoming with all that shaking?

by Anonymousreply 2003/29/2019

He lives with his mom for a reason.

by Anonymousreply 2103/29/2019

It’s probably cleaner than most, R20. Think about it: when you clean something do you just wipe it down or do you scrub it (i.e., shake)?

by Anonymousreply 2203/30/2019

Somehow I don't trust that he has the body strength or coordination to either play skee ball OR twist around to make it into his own hole.

by Anonymousreply 2303/30/2019

It looks very cheap (like a web series airing for free on YouTube), but I do like the actress that plays his mom.

by Anonymousreply 2403/30/2019

Just watched the trailer. Two things-

1- He'd never pull a cute guy in real life like the one they cast opposite him. Maybe for a one nighter to see how the other half lives, but not as a boyfriend.

2- The straight white man knock jokes are officially tired. If that's the best this show can do, I'd rather nap.

Oh, and actually 3- He sounds a lot better than I expected. I was totally figuring he'd be full Geri Jewell. Oh, unless someone's dubbing him. Is someone dubbing him?

by Anonymousreply 2503/31/2019

[quote]Is someone dubbing him?

I doubt it very much. He doesn’t have the appeal.

Oh, wait. You said DUBBING. My bad. I thought you said drubbing.

by Anonymousreply 2603/31/2019

R25 Here's his real life boyfriend.

by Anonymousreply 2704/01/2019

R25 Sorry, forgot to post the link. Here is the bf.

by Anonymousreply 2804/01/2019

r27 = mic drop of the century

I really hope this nasty tone changes once we finish the show and we'll have walked a mile in his shoes. I have to say I've never witnessed disabled people getting so brazenly ridiculed like that before. At least not since primary school.

by Anonymousreply 2904/01/2019

[quote] [R27] = mic drop of the century

Hmmm, not really. The boyfriend is about on par with O'Connell in the looks department. I didn't say he couldn't get a boyfriend. I said he would never get a boyfriend as cute as the guy they cast. Sorry to rain on your victory dance.

by Anonymousreply 3004/01/2019

Gotta give the show credit for casting gay actors as gay characters

by Anonymousreply 3104/01/2019

My fucking God. This is a SJW's dream, way to go Netflix and your algorithm. Fat POC sidekick against white male privilege and patriarchy, check. Effeminate disabled homossexual, check. 80s production design to pander to nostalgic geeks check. Why this 80s vibe if this show is set in the present?

I hate to say it but this panders to the most annoying subsect of society. They literally made a show about a gay retard. It could've been good but judging by the preaching in this trailer this will be another fail no one will be free to criticize, like that horrible A Wrinkle in Time where critics went out of their way to justify that shitfest without sounding racist or misogynistic. Mark my words, they'll praise this shit even though anyone from the moon can see it's terrible.

by Anonymousreply 3204/01/2019

Just to be clear, I find this guy to be very OK looking, he actually looks like the type of nerdy guy I'd go after. I just hate this self-pity journey millennials need to go through oversharing everything and begging for attention.

by Anonymousreply 3304/01/2019

Doesn't Jim Parsons have enough?

by Anonymousreply 3404/01/2019

Well, he's only producing R34

by Anonymousreply 3504/01/2019

[quote]I really hope this nasty tone changes once we finish the show and we'll have walked a mile in his shoes

You have met us, right?

For the record, I think he's cute and the boyfriend's cute.

by Anonymousreply 3604/01/2019

Aw, he's adorable. I'd watch this.

by Anonymousreply 3704/01/2019

What’s up R32’s ass? Not a penis, which might explain that rage post.

by Anonymousreply 3804/02/2019

The bf doesn't look too bad here.

by Anonymousreply 3904/02/2019

The lead and his real life boyfriend look cute.

Can't wait to watch the show.

by Anonymousreply 4004/02/2019

Umm, the real life boyfriend looks like Herman Munster. His poor mother's episiotomy still hasn't healed.

by Anonymousreply 4104/02/2019

Yeah, so the episodes are only fifteen minutes. That's less "Netflix" and more "Kickstarted web series."

It's not bad, though.

by Anonymousreply 4204/12/2019

On the one hand, it makes me think Netflix might be experimenting with these short-form stories. The more cynical side of me hates that it's the series about a disabled gay guy that got this treatment. But the realist in me knows this never would have gotten a full season order otherwise. I'm going to watch it today, can't wait.

r41 You're just an incorrigible little turd, aren't you?

by Anonymousreply 4304/12/2019

Reminds me a bit of EastSiders, where the first season was about 15 minutes each episode and then the later ones were longer.

by Anonymousreply 4404/12/2019

Did anyone watch? I watched the entire season today and I really liked it.

by Anonymousreply 4504/12/2019

R44 Exactly, I think Netflix took a chance with it. If it was successful it would get a second season with longer episodes, if not they didn't spend that much money on it since it was short.

by Anonymousreply 4604/12/2019

I rather liked it, and the running time did make it an easy binge.

Wasn't as crazy as the overwhelming amount of Microsoft product placement.

by Anonymousreply 4704/12/2019

I enjoyed it, and the lead is adorable! It was driving me crazy who the actor playing the hooker was, and then I finally realized it was Jack's new husband from Will & Grace.

by Anonymousreply 4804/12/2019

I liked it, but they should have tightened the story and just made it a movie.

by Anonymousreply 4904/12/2019

R49 It would've been a good movie, except for the fact that it ended on a bit of a sour note.

by Anonymousreply 5004/12/2019

Just started watching - so far I find it has a similar feel to Please Like Me without the Aussie accent obviously.

by Anonymousreply 5104/12/2019

He and his bf are cute. I will check out the show.

by Anonymousreply 5204/13/2019

Jim Parsons is dead to me after that self-loathing [italic]Kid Like Jake[/italic] crap and so is that lesbophobic handmaid Claire Danes. She’s the reason [italic]My So-Called Life[/italic] flopped. Stop supporting quislings.

by Anonymousreply 5304/13/2019

Really hope they're planning a season 2

by Anonymousreply 5404/13/2019

R54 Me too. I want to know if he ends up with Carey.

by Anonymousreply 5504/13/2019

[quote]The semi-autobiographical Special is based loosely on O’Connell’s own upbringing and experience as a gay man navigating the world with cerebral palsy

Why doesn't he run for president?

by Anonymousreply 5604/13/2019

He is too young to be president.

by Anonymousreply 5704/13/2019

Binged the season tonight and really didn't like it at all. The main character isn't likable and his mother is insufferable. It's easy to understand why they don't have many friends. The other characters are at least interesting. I've worked with a lot of people with handicaps and they aren't as whiny and "woe is me" as this guy. It means well, but stinks.

by Anonymousreply 5804/13/2019

I think one of my favorite parts is the depiction of the “new media/blog” fuckery. Sort of like “Silicon Valley”.

by Anonymousreply 5904/13/2019

I had the opposite reaction to r58. I found the show and the main character very charming. Excellent supporting cast. I hope it gets renewed for a second season.

by Anonymousreply 6004/13/2019

I think it is adorable so far. I avoided watching because I thought it would be annoying , millennial , SJW fest. I settled in for a hate watch and am very pleasantly surprised.

by Anonymousreply 6104/13/2019

[quote]They literally made a show about a gay retard.

Somebody hurt r32 really, really badly.

by Anonymousreply 6204/13/2019

Loved it, although I'd probably have to slap the tits off his cunt of a boss.

by Anonymousreply 6304/14/2019

Wish we had seen more of her deaf gay cousin R63. Especially his huge penis.

by Anonymousreply 6404/14/2019

Binged it today and was charmed.

by Anonymousreply 6504/14/2019

The ASL interpreter was cute too, didn’t get if he was gay himself or not.

by Anonymousreply 6604/14/2019

I'm R32 and I have to say I regret calling the actor retard. Actually I regretted it the moment I wrote it, it sounded funny in my head and I took advantage of the anonymity here. For that I'm sorry.

That being said, I've watched the whole show last night. To me it felt like a Buzzfeed article brought to life which was annoying as hell, but somehow I also found it sweet in the end.

Most situations are too on the nose and nuance is nowhere to be found. Acting is atrocious for the guy. Just because you wrote about your own life, doesn't mean you're a good actor, let alone a comedy actor, which requires training and timing of which Ryan has little.

Because I believe shows like these are important I voted thumbs up on Netflix even though in reality I think this is not a good show overall. So I guess I'm not that mean. I can see why people think this show reminds them of Please Like Me, another show I find annoying too, so maybe it's just a matter of taste.

In the end this show feels like a good freshman effort that is commendable.

by Anonymousreply 6704/15/2019

Classy, r32/r67.

Very cool.

by Anonymousreply 6804/15/2019

The anal penetration scene was cute. He looks like a bottom.

by Anonymousreply 6904/18/2019

Was looking forward to this, but really disappointed. Too on the nose and cute and the writing isn't smart enough.

by Anonymousreply 7004/18/2019

Sweet show and I don't mean that in a condescending way. I loved it until the moment Brian Jordan Alvarez turned up. Can't stand him, but I endured him, and then I started loving the show again. Was sceptical of the short length but I found it complemented the story perfectly. Perhaps more stories could be told in this way? The boyfriend arc confused me - is that a throuple in the making?

The writing is so, so good as it presents the story of the disabled person AND their carer, and gives the same weight to both. It really shows what a toll a disability can take on both of these people. Their sometimes enabling and co-dependant dynamic was dealt with in an honest way as well. Loved how Ryan was shown to be ableist towards the deaf guy. Layers!

His Indian-American friend was great, but it was his boss that got all the best lines. "And that's why I'm afraid of daytime."

by Anonymousreply 7104/18/2019

I wasn't expecting much but it is really cute. "It's hard out here for a gimp" made me laugh and I love Kim his office mate.

by Anonymousreply 7204/18/2019

I liked it. But as the episodes wore on, I like him less and less. He's kind of an asshole. Maybe that's the point.

by Anonymousreply 7304/18/2019

I just watched the entire season last night and it was most refreshing.

by Anonymousreply 7404/20/2019

Jim Parsons is a misogynist; he also produced [italic]A Kid Like Jake[/italic]. Stop supporting sellouts.

by Anonymousreply 7504/20/2019

Dollars to donuts the wheelchair Ado Annie is gonna show up in this at some point. Why can’t people be content anymore to simply live their lives without forcing the rest of us to deal with their challenges? Now they have to star in tv shows and tread/wheel the Broadway stage. It’s exhausting and not entertainment.

by Anonymousreply 7604/20/2019

This is not the first RETARD on tv/web we had Blair's cousin Jeri back in ca. 1981.

by Anonymousreply 7704/20/2019

He's incredibly irritating. I used to hate-read his Thought Catalog posts, and he's just an annoying Millennial.

by Anonymousreply 7804/21/2019

So what did we make of the ending? He's going to start dating a guy in an open relationship even though he doesn't like the boyfriend? Or the guys gonna leave his boyfriend fir him?

by Anonymousreply 7904/21/2019

[quote]So what did we make of the ending? He's going to start dating a guy in an open relationship even though he doesn't like the boyfriend?

So now they’re hiding behind disability to reinforce another negative stereotype of gay men.

by Anonymousreply 8004/21/2019

That guy in an open relationship to me just seems like someone who gets off on the caring and the helping. So I hope Ryan finds someone better who'll be more boyfriend to him than a carer. Though I suppose the relationship dynamic inevitably gets messy somewhere down the line when you're dating someone with a disability.

by Anonymousreply 8104/21/2019

I liked it. But then again, i also like dumb guys, so....

by Anonymousreply 8204/21/2019

R78-He has NUMEROUS posts at the thought catalog. Extremely banal topics. One of the few decent posts of his was regarding how hard average looking people have to work in terms of clothing , haircut etc to look decent for a date etc.

by Anonymousreply 8304/21/2019

The generation that grew up with [italic]Full House[/italic] and [italic]Friends[/italic] grew up to launch a full-scale War on Comedy.

by Anonymousreply 8404/21/2019

[quote]Was looking forward to this, but really disappointed. Too on the nose and cute and the writing isn't smart enough.

This is how I am feeling.

by Anonymousreply 8504/22/2019

I am deeply and genuinely attracted to him.

by Anonymousreply 8604/22/2019

Same R86

by Anonymousreply 8704/22/2019

R87-He does look a lot better without his glasses. I'm not one to talk. I wear glasses ALL DAY EVERY DAY since I was 22.

by Anonymousreply 8804/22/2019

He's like a young Chris Parnell with Andi Cohen's wonky eye.

by Anonymousreply 8904/22/2019

I like the show. It's short format is quite appropriate, it's unpretentious, sweet and funny. The thougbt of physical disability scares me and never thought I would watch this type of show, but I gave it a try and it was worth the time.

by Anonymousreply 9004/26/2019

[quote] Reminds me a bit of EastSiders, where the first season was about 15 minutes each episode and then the later ones were longer.

Except EastSiders is a web series that was given to Netflix to air for free in a package of material by Wolfe video. Netflix didn't start producing later seasons of the show.

by Anonymousreply 9104/26/2019

Holy shit. I just watched the first three minutes and it's all horrendously written exposition.

by Anonymousreply 9204/26/2019

And is anyone else having problems with the fact that he never directly looks at anyone he speaks to? I can't tell if his eyeballs don't move or he's such a bad actor that he can't stop looking at the cue cards.

by Anonymousreply 9304/26/2019

R93 I noticed that too.

by Anonymousreply 9404/26/2019

Carey is my favorite he is so nice and cute.

by Anonymousreply 9505/02/2019

r93 It was mentioned earlier in the thread that he has strabismus. Have you really never spoken to anyone with that condition in real life? It looks like they're looking right past you even though they're obviously not. Of course, the more extreme the case, the worse it comes across.

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