If you listen to comedian Pete Holmes’ funny and engaging podcast, “You Made It Weird,” you’ll know two things: Judd Apatow comes on the show quite often, sometimes for two-hour stretches at a time; and the two of them have been working on a new show for HBO.
Called “Crashing,” the show has been in the works for some time and today HBO announced its premiere date, February 19th, at a 10:30PM EST slot. Moreover, Apatow, an executive producer, co-creator and sometimes co-writer on the show, is directing the pilot episode. Here’s the synopsis, and it sounds fairly autobiographical.
Pete is a sheltered suburbanite who married his childhood sweetheart and dreams of making it as a stand-up comedian. But when he finds out his wife is cheating on him, Pete’s world unravels, forcing him to reevaluate his priorities and plunging him into the deep end of the rough-and-tumble New York comedy scene.
Here’s the synopsis for episode one, directed by Apatow and co-starring Artie Lange. It’s also called “Artie Lange,” and P.S., Apatow will direct episode eight, too.
As Pete attempts to find solace at a New York comedy club, he befriends cynical comedy legend Artie Lange, who reluctantly offers him some pizza, some advice and a couch.
Also featured on “Crashing” are Lauren Lapkus (HBO’s “Animals”) as Pete’s wife, Jessica, and George Basil (“Flaked”) as Leif, Jessica’s lover. Among the other notables appearing as versions of themselves on the show are Dave Attell, Hannibal Burress, T.J. Miller, Jim Norton, Rachael Ray and Sarah Silverman.
Will it be a Bingeworthy show? We’ll surely discuss it on the Bingeworthy TV podcast. Until now, wait until February 19
or keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming trailer. Whoops, there are a few teasers out there already. Watch them below.