HBO has given a series order to Crashing, its single-camera comedy pilot directed by comedy powerhouse Judd Apatow and starring comedian Pete Holmes. Written by Holmes, the semi-autobiographical project centers on a sweet, wholesome comedian (Holmes) who, after his wife leaves him, has nowhere to stay but on the couches of New York’s finest comics. Apatow and Holmes executive produce, with Holmes’ manager Dave Rath serving as a producer alongside Josh Church (Trainwreck) and Igor Srubshchik (Girls), while Oren Brimer (The Pete Holmes Show) is a co-producer. Like the pilot, the series, on which Holmes would be the only regular, is scheduled to film in New York.
Crashing, which marked the first pilot directing gig for Apatow, is his second series on HBO. He also executive produces the Lena Dunham comedy Girls, recently picked up for sixth and final season. Additionally, Apatow has upcoming Netflix comedy series Love.
Holmes has discussed his experiences being left by his wife in his act as well as on his podcast You Made It Weird where he had mentioned John Mulaney as one of the comedians who’d helped him through his divorce.
Apatow is coming off another summer comedy feature hit, Trainwreck, written by and starring comedian Amy Schumer, and a memorable turn presenting Schumer with a Critics Choice Award last weekend. He is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Ziffren Brittenham. Holmes, who hosted a TBS late-night talker, The Pete Holmes Show, is with WME and Generate.
The Crashing pickup follows HBO’s series order earlier this week for the David Simon drama The Deuce starring James Franco. Since the start of 2016, the network also has given a pilot order to Bill Hader’s comedy Barry.