The Australian writer/performer/personality/showrunner enjoyed a growing popularity with his quirky show Please Like Me over its 4 seasons. Playing on the ABC locally but really breaking out once it premiered on Hulu in the US and elsewhere, Please Like Me‘s uniqueness made it stand out from the crowd, so much so that even Lena Dunham professed her love for the show.
All I ever want is to be curled in bed watching Please Like Me. This show soothes my existential unrest. I love you @JoshThomas87
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 4, 2015
It has been a couple of years since we have seen anything from Thomas, and that is because he has been developing a show for Disney-owned cable channel Freeform, which today ordered ten episodes of Everything’s Gonna be Okay, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Both on- and offscreen, Josh is a master of creativity and bringing unique stories about underrepresented topics to television,” Freeform President Tom Ascheim said. “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 sees Thomas play Nicholas, still living at home with his single dad and two sisters, one of whom has autism. When dad is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s up to slacker Nicholas to hold the family together. Sounds a bit like the pilot to Home and Away, but given the unique Josh Thomas touch.
“The absolute bestest thing about having a brand-new TV show is getting to create new characters,” Thomas said in the THR article. “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.”
Whether the hotter than hot Hannah Gadsby will be making an appearance in Everything’s Gonna be Ok is still tbc.