Channel 4 is doubling down on Catastrophe. The broadcaster has handed out a two-season renewal to the hit comedy series from Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, TVWise has learned. 12 episodes have been ordered, which will be split evenly across the show’s third and fourth seasons.
“I am thrilled to commission a third and fourth series of the multi award-winning Catastrophe”, said Channel 4’s Head of Comedy Phil Clarke. “It’s a welcome return for the brave, razor edged, excruciatingly honest and painfully funny portrayal of a modern, long term relationship.”
Created by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, Catastrophe is set in London about an Irish woman and American man struggling to start a relationship after their clumsy lust leads to pregnancy. The comedy series is produced by Avalon Television, with Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan and Jon Thoday serving as executive producers.
“We are thrilled to be making a third series of Catastrophe. Rob and Sharon are a blast to spend time with. And we’re not talking about ourselves in the third person, we’re talking about the characters”, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan said in a statement. “We’re eager to breathe life back into Rob and Sharon. Okay, now we are talking about us. In the first series Rob and Sharon went through a lot (us) and even more in the second series (back to the characters). We’re looking forward to putting Rob and Sharon (both us and the characters) through further pain for your enjoyment (now we’re talking about you).”
Universally well received by critics, Catastrophe has been a decent performer for Channel 4. The show’s six episode second season averaged an audience of 1.4 million viewers and a 7% share, registering growth of 20% over the average audience for season one. The series has also gone on to be an international sensation after Amazon Prime acquired it for the U.S. market; where the show has also been very well received, earning high praise from industry publications including The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly. Amazon also holds second window streaming rights here in the UK.