Amazon greenlights new Autism dramedy series from Jason Katims
Amazon Studios has officially given a series order to Jason Katims’ untitled English-language remake of Israeli coming-of-age comedy series titled On the Spectrum which centers on three young roommates on the autism spectrum. This project is very personal to Katims as his son was diagnosed with Asperger’s.
“Having a 23-year-old son on the spectrum, it is deeply personal for me to get to tell this unique story of what it’s like to come of age as someone with autism,” Katims said in a statement (via Deadline). “I’m grateful to Jen Salke, Vernon Sanders and the entire Amazon team, along with my friends at Universal Television, who share my passion for this project, and who are incredibly supportive creative partners.”
The half-hour series will follow the story of three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum, as they try to achieve for the same things that we all strive for: to get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them. It will be featuring Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki, who each identify as living on the autism spectrum as they star alongside Sosie Bacon, Chris Pang, and Joe Mantegna.
“Jason Katims is exceptional at creating beautiful and relatable stories about deeply authentic characters, and this new series continues in that tradition,” Head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke said . “This series is honest, touching and incredibly entertaining, with casting that delivers a unique and genuine perspective on universal themes that we know our global Amazon Prime Video customers will love.”
The untitled series is written and executive produced by Katims. Danna Stern has also signed on to executive produce. It is co-production by True Jack Productions and Universal Television along with Israel’s yesStudios and Amazon Studio.
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