UPDATE, 6:58 AM: Amazon officially announced the pickup of two additional seasons of hit British comedy series Catastrophe in the U.S. The announcement today came two days after UK’s Channel 4 revealed it had ordered seasons 3 and 4. In the U.S., Season 3 is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime in 2017, and the fourth season is expected to premiere in 2018.
“Few series have proven themselves as personal and compelling while deftly balancing comedy and drama,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half Hour TV for Amazon Studios. “Like an ever-growing family, two more seasons of Catastrophe will give our customers more love, laughter, and occasional insults yelled very loudly.”
Creators and stars Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan added in a joint statement: “It used to be when you heard the word ‘catastrophe’ you thought of something terrible or destructive. Most people still do, but now some people might also think of our show. So that has to be a positive. We’re very excited to have the opportunity to wreak more terrible destruction on the lives of Sharon and Rob.”
PREVIOUS, July 12 AM: UK’s Channel 4 has ordered a third and fourth season of BAFTA-winning comedy series Catastrophe, which airs on Amazon Prime in the U.S. Written by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, the six-episode third season goes into production in November for air in 2017. Horgan also created HBO’s upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle Divorce.
Catastrophe follows Sharon and Rob Norris, who get together when she becomes pregnant after a brief affair while he’s in the UK on business. Season 2 focused on the couple’s struggles to stay in lust while attempting marriage, and parenthood. Carrie Fisher plays Rob’s eBay-obsessed mother, a “card-carrying sadist.”
According to Channel 4, viewership of Season 2 was up 20% versus Season 1 with an average 1.4M tuning in for a 7 share.
Horgan and Delaney say they’re looking forward to putting their characters “through further pain for your enjoyment.”
An Avalon Television production, with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Horgan’s Merman, Catastrophe is produced by Jack Bayles. Executive producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Delaney, Horgan and Jon Thoday (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver).