Netflix is getting into business with Girls executive producer Judd Apatow.
The streaming giant has handed a two season commitment to Love, a new comedy series from Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin. The show’s first season will consist of ten episodes and will launch globally on Netflix in 2016, while the 12 episode second season will launch the following year, in 2017.
Penned by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, Love follows Gus and Mickey as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid. Community alum Gillian Jacobs and co-creator Paul Rust (Inglorious Bastards) are attached to star as the two leads.
“Judd Apatow has a unique comic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank – often at the same time,” said Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners.”
Love is being produced by Judd Apatow’s banner Apatow Productions and Legendary Television. “We at Legendary are thrilled to be working with the wonderfully talented Judd and excited to partner with the Netflix team,” said Bruce Rosenblum, Legendary Television’s President of Television and Digital Media. “We look forward to validating their support for this innovative and genuinely funny series.”
The project is the second scripted comedy to get a greenlight at Netflix of late, as the streaming service are beefing up on comedy following their aggressive push into scripted drama over the past two years. The streaming service also recently gave the greenlight to Grace & Frankie, a new comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.