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 Anonymous||reply 96||05/02/2019|
Two thumbs up... or they would be, if only I could stop twitching!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/06/2019|
Hopefully this will do well enough
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/25/2019|
I think he’s cute. I’d do him.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/25/2019|
Uhm, what is wrong with her eyes?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/25/2019|
I heard someone with advanced screeners say it's good but there's still an embargo on reviews. Can't wait!
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/26/2019|
For sure going to watch it.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/26/2019|
He has cerebral palsy R6.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/26/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 10||03/26/2019|
I don't see anything wrong with his eye.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/26/2019|
That trailer actually made me start to tear up.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/26/2019|
Honestly, it looks pretty good.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/26/2019|
He's great. I like that he's self-deprecating. He's not afraid to make fun of himself and his disability.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 15||03/29/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 16||03/29/2019|
how does he clean his rectum well enough for bottoming with all that shaking?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/29/2019|
He lives with his mom for a reason.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/29/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 22||03/30/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 23||03/30/2019|
It looks very cheap (like a web series airing for free on YouTube), but I do like the actress that plays his mom.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/30/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 25||03/31/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 26||03/31/2019|
R25 Here's his real life boyfriend.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||04/01/2019|
R25 Sorry, forgot to post the link. Here is the bf.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||04/01/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 29||04/01/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 30||04/01/2019|
Gotta give the show credit for casting gay actors as gay characters
|by Anonymous||reply 31||04/01/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 32||04/01/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 33||04/01/2019|
Doesn't Jim Parsons have enough?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||04/01/2019|
Well, he's only producing R34
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/01/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 36||04/01/2019|
Aw, he's adorable. I'd watch this.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||04/01/2019|
What’s up R32’s ass? Not a penis, which might explain that rage post.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||04/02/2019|
The bf doesn't look too bad here.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||04/02/2019|
The lead and his real life boyfriend look cute.
Can't wait to watch the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||04/02/2019|
Umm, the real life boyfriend looks like Herman Munster. His poor mother's episiotomy still hasn't healed.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||04/02/2019|
Yeah, so the episodes are only fifteen minutes. That's less "Netflix" and more "Kickstarted web series."
It's not bad, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 43||04/12/2019|
Reminds me a bit of EastSiders, where the first season was about 15 minutes each episode and then the later ones were longer.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||04/12/2019|
Did anyone watch? I watched the entire season today and I really liked it.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 46||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 47||04/12/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 48||04/12/2019|
I liked it, but they should have tightened the story and just made it a movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||04/12/2019|
R49 It would've been a good movie, except for the fact that it ended on a bit of a sour note.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||04/12/2019|
Just started watching - so far I find it has a similar feel to Please Like Me without the Aussie accent obviously.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||04/12/2019|
He and his bf are cute. I will check out the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||04/13/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 53||04/13/2019|
Really hope they're planning a season 2
|by Anonymous||reply 54||04/13/2019|
R54 Me too. I want to know if he ends up with Carey.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||04/13/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 56||04/13/2019|
He is too young to be president.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||04/13/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 58||04/13/2019|
I think one of my favorite parts is the depiction of the “new media/blog” fuckery. Sort of like “Silicon Valley”.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||04/13/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 60||04/13/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 61||04/13/2019|
[quote]They literally made a show about a gay retard.
Somebody hurt r32 really, really badly.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||04/13/2019|
Loved it, although I'd probably have to slap the tits off his cunt of a boss.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||04/14/2019|
Wish we had seen more of her deaf gay cousin R63. Especially his huge penis.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||04/14/2019|
Binged it today and was charmed.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||04/14/2019|
The ASL interpreter was cute too, didn’t get if he was gay himself or not.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||04/14/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 67||04/15/2019|
The anal penetration scene was cute. He looks like a bottom.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||04/18/2019|
Was looking forward to this, but really disappointed. Too on the nose and cute and the writing isn't smart enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||04/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 71||04/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 72||04/18/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 73||04/18/2019|
I just watched the entire season last night and it was most refreshing.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||04/20/2019|
Jim Parsons is a misogynist; he also produced [italic]A Kid Like Jake[/italic]. Stop supporting sellouts.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||04/20/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 76||04/20/2019|
This is not the first RETARD on tv/web we had Blair's cousin Jeri back in ca. 1981.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||04/20/2019|
He's incredibly irritating. I used to hate-read his Thought Catalog posts, and he's just an annoying Millennial.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 79||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 80||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 81||04/21/2019|
I liked it. But then again, i also like dumb guys, so....
|by Anonymous||reply 82||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 83||04/21/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 84||04/21/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 85||04/22/2019|
I am deeply and genuinely attracted to him.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||04/22/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 88||04/22/2019|
He's like a young Chris Parnell with Andi Cohen's wonky eye.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||04/22/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 90||04/26/2019|
[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 Anonymous||reply 91||04/26/2019|
Holy shit. I just watched the first three minutes and it's all horrendously written exposition.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||04/26/2019|
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 Anonymous||reply 93||04/26/2019|
Carey is my favorite he is so nice and cute.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||05/02/2019|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||05/02/2019|