Monday, June 15, 2020

Amazon Gives Series Order to Untitled Autism Dramedy Created by Jason Katims

Amazon has today given a series order to an untitled half-hour comedic drama series created by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). 

The series (previously titled On the Spectrum) revolves around three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum striving for the same things that we all desire: to get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love and navigate a world that eludes them.

The cast includes Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, Albert Rutecki, Sosie Bacon, Chris Pang and Joe Mantegna.

Katims will serve as showrunner on the first season. He will also executive produce with Jeni Mulein and Dana Stern. Amazon Studios, Universal Television and True Jack Productions will produce.

"Having a 23-year-old son on the spectrum, it is deeply personal for me to get to tell this unique story of what it's like to come of age as someone with autism," said Katims. "I'm grateful to Jen Salke, Vernon Sanders and the entire Amazon team, along with my friends at Universal Television, who share my passion for this project, and who are incredibly supportive creative partners."

"Jason Katims is exceptional at creating beautiful and relatable stories about deeply authentic characters, and this new series continues in that tradition," added Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "This series is honest, touching and incredibly entertaining, with casting that delivers a unique and genuine perspective on universal themes that we know our global Amazon Prime Video customers will love."