The new comedy series Love from Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin will star Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Paul Rust.
It's the start of a new relationship between Netflix and Judd Apatow. The streaming service has committed to two seasons of Apatow's new comedy series Love, which will star Paul Rust and Community's Gillian Jacobs. The series will focus on Mickey and Gus, a couple experiencing the "exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid." Netflix has ordered 10 episodes for the first season, set to air in 2016, and 12 episodes for the second season, set for a year later.
Sources told Variety that the commitment to two seasons came from a desire by Netflix to have an original Apatow property. The last time Netflix committed to two seasons of a new series was with House of Cards. Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, says, "Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank - often at the same time. Together with Paul and Lesley, he's bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners."
"Netflix has been supportive in ways I couldn't create in my wildest fever dreams," says Apatow. Love was created by Apatow and Lesley Arfin, best known for her work on Girls. Arfin, Apatow, and Rust have signed on as executive producers. They will be joined by showrunner Brent Forrester, who has written and produced for The Office. Rust, a stand-up and sketch comedian and writer, is currently working with Paul Ruebens on a Pee-Wee Herman film, to be produced by Apatow. Recently, Jacobs landed a recurring role on Girls, and is expected to reprise her role as Britta in the sixth season of Community, which was picked up by Yahoo after its cancellation.
I've got a lot of love for Judd Apatow's films (Forgetting Sarah Marshall ranks highly, as well as Anchorman and Superbad), and I'm excited to what Love delivers. If you're itching for Apatow-led television that's already on Netflix, I recommend his early television series (and cult hit) Freaks and Geeks.