Michael Douglas is back in series television in The Kominsky Method for the first time since he started out in the 1970s on The Streets of San Francisco. He told a packed audience of Television Academy members and key guild voters at Deadline’s fourth annual The Contenders Emmys recently that when he read the first episode, he felt it was better than most features he gets these days.
The two-time Oscar winner also shares how he really likes the streaming model — this show is on Netflix — with no restrictions and complete freedom. He also told the crowd at the Paramount theater about the trickiness of getting the tone right on the show, in which he co-stars with Alan Arkin, that can veer from comedy to drama and back again on a moment’s notice.
Creator, writer, and executive producer Chuck Lorre explores the themes that appealed to him in coming up with a series that while set in a show business environment (Douglas is an actor now teaching acting) is really about the minutiae of getting older, from what happens to your body, health, and relationship to the culture as you see it “drift away.” For Lorre, the show is a departure from the three multi-camera sitcoms he has been doing, and he writes every script himself.
For Season 2, he says The Kominsky Method is going to do something a little different. “We are going to offer some hope,” he laughed.
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