Netflix Orders New Judd Apatow Comedy Series17 Sep, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
While Netflix expands its international reach, back home in the United States the subscription streaming pioneer has made a two-season commitment to “Love,” a new modern relationship comedy from director Judd Apatow and his production company.
The series stars Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper and Inglorious Basterds) as Gus, who navigates a modern day relationship with Mickey (Gillian Jacobs from NBC’s “Community”), and debuts with 10 half-hour episodes in 2016 and 12 episodes the following year.
Apatow is best known for helming a string of adult comedy movies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and This Is 40. TV directorial efforts include “Freaks and Geeks,” “Undeclared” and “The Larry Sanders Show” in the 1990s. His movies often co-star his wife, Leslie Mann, and their children.
“Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful and shockingly frank — often at the same time,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “Together with Paul [Rust] and [co-producer Lesley Arfin], he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern-day comedy of manners.”