The half-hour comedy stars Thomas as Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of which has autism. He is not particularly helpful in raising his siblings, but when their dad becomes terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to hold it all together. Co-starring alongside Thomas are Kayla Cromer, Maeve Press, and Adam Faison.
“The absolute bestest thing about having a brand new TV show is getting to create new characters,” said Thomas, who also created the Australian series Please Like Me. “I love the characters in this show, and I love how our cast depicts them—they are funny and kind and fascinating. I feel very grateful to Freeform for giving me the opportunity to introduce them to you.”
Thomas created the concept for Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and will write and serve as showrunner alongside David Martin, Jon Thoday, and Richard Allen-Turner serving as executive producers for Avalon Television. Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte also serve as executive producers. The series will be distributed internationally by Avalon Distribution.
“Both on and off screen, Josh is a master of creativity and bringing unique stories about underrepresented topics to television,” said Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform. “At Freeform, we are committed to elevating narratives that resonate with today’s youth culture and this series is the perfect vehicle for that. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Josh to tell the story of this unconventional, quirky family that will spark many conversations around love, grief and adulting.”
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay joins Freeform’s two existing comedy series, both from Kenya Barris and both chronicling the lives of young adults, grown-ish and the upcoming Besties.
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