PIVOT ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO OF JOSH THOMAS' CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SCRIPTED COMEDY "PLEASE LIKE ME" SET TO DEBUT IN AUGUST 2014
Production of Season Two Begins in Australia in February 2014
Pasadena, CA January 11, 2014 - Pivot (Pivot.tv), the TV network targeting Millennials (18-34) from Participant Media, announced today that the award-winning comedy/drama, "Please Like Me," created by Josh Thomas, returns for a second season with ten original half-hour episodes in August 2014. As previously announced at TCA last summer, the network ordered a sophomore season of its first original scripted series just days before the network's launch and series premiere on August 1, 2013. Production of season two is scheduled to begin in Australia in February 2014. Season two of the series is being co-produced by Pivot and Pigeon Fancier Productions/John & Josh International, in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's upstart digital channel ABC1.
The coming-of-age comedy has received critical acclaim in the U.S. and Australia and named one of the "Best TV Shows of 2013" by publications including Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and The Atlantic. ]The series is inspired in part by actual painfully awkward events in the life of 25-year-old Australian comedian Josh Thomas who created, wrote and executive produced the charming, laugh-out-loud series.
"We are so proud to be working with Josh and the incredibly talented team behind 'Please Like Me' and can't wait to get started shooting the second season," said Pivot Executive SVP, Scripted Programming Holly Hines. "His voice and experiences represent this generation like few others right now and we were thrilled to see how others fell in love with the first season just as much as we did."
"Hello America. The idea that many of you take time out to watch "Please Like Me" when you live in a country where you can eat a toasted macaroni & cheese sandwich from a food truck, warms my heart. I'm super excited about season two," said Thomas. I love that Pivot has the unique 'doing good things that will make the world nicer' at its core. Both Pivot and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation are dream networks for us to be working with."
In the first season, Josh was dumped by his girlfriend, gained and lost a boyfriend, came out to his parents, lost his eccentric great aunt, and moved back in to live with his bipolar mother after her suicide attempt. In season two, Josh tries to get through the day without upsetting anyone. The new season also welcomes a new dog, a new rabbit and a new baby.
The Pivot Original series was created and written by Josh Thomas. Executive Producers are Josh Thomas, Todd Abbott and Kevin Whyte. Jeff Skoll and Holly Hines also serve as Executive Producers for Pivot. The series stars Thomas Ward, Debra Lawrance, David Roberts and Renee Lim. Josh Thomas has been called by critics: "brilliantly personal and so very sharply observed" and "brave, funny and thoroughly entertaining." He was also the recipient of the 2010 GQ Comedian of the Year Award.
Catch up with a few clips from season one here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP9_9dIVKnoDVrF9t2xbO60JyB1tf_ZQX
Pivot (Pivot.tv), which launched nationally August 1, is a television network from Participant Media serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content and, through its website TakePart.com, connects audiences to a wealth of content and customizable actions. Pivot is available via traditional Pay TV subscription and integrating a Live and on demand streaming option via its interactive, downloadable Pivot APP. In both content and delivery, Pivot is TV for The New Greatest Generation. Follow Pivot on Twitter at @pivot_tv and on Facebook at facebook.com/pivottelevision.
About Participant Media
Participant (ParticipantMedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change. Participant's more than 45 films include GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC., WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN', THE HELP, CONTAGION and LINCOLN. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network TakePart.com and Pivot, its new television network for Millennials, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.