Showtime has set premiere dates for its new comedy series Work In Progress and relationship docuseries Couples Therapy. (Watch the trailer for Couples Therapy above). The dates were announced Friday during Showtime’s presentation at TCA.
Work In Progress, starring Abby McEnany, will premiere Sunday, December 8 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, and Couples Therapy will debut Friday, September 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. New episodes of Couples Therapy on Showtime linear channels weekly, while all nine will be available immediately on September 6 for on-demand streaming, via the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps and partnering on-demand platforms.
Co-created by Chicago improv mainstays McEnany and Tim Mason and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8), the eight-episode Work in Progress is slated to begin production in Chicago later this summer.
Work in Progress features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago-based performer Karin Anglin co-stars alongside Celeste Pechous, with Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live, Shrill) appearing in a key role as herself. Theo Germaine (The Politician) will guest star.
Showtime acquired the pilot for the series after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was an official selection of the Indie Episodic program.
Work in Progress is executive produced by McEnany, Mason and Wachowski, who also serve as co-showrunners. Lawrence Mattis, Ashley Berns and Josh Adler of Circle of Confusion also serve as executive producers, along with Tony Hernandez of JAX Media (Desus & Mero). Mason also serves as director this season.
Couple Therapy hails from Weiner filmmakers Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, and Eli Despres. It follows four couples in therapy over several months with New York psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik. Couples Therapy is produced by Edgeline Films for Showtime. Kriegman, Steinberg and Despres serve as executive producers. Carly Hugo and Matt Parker are producers, and Dan Savage is a consulting producer.
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