Uncoupled, the recently canceled sitcom starring Neil Patrick Harris as a newly single gay man dealing with dating apps and other aspects of life in the 2020s, is getting a new life.
The show premiered last July, Netflix announced its cancellation in January, after just one season. But now Showtime has agreed to air a second season — and maybe more, Deadline reports.
“On Showtime, Uncoupled is expected to be edgier and racier than the version that aired on Netflix,” Deadline notes. “In addition to The L Word, it is joining an upcoming Showtime limited series featuring LGBTQ+ themes, Fellow Travelers, which stars Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bailey, Allison Williams, Jelani Alladin and Noah J. Ricketts.”
Harris stars in Uncoupled as 40-something New York City real estate agent Michael Lawson, whose life is turned upside down when his partner of 17 years, Colin (Tuc Watkins), leaves him without warning. Costars include Tisha Campbell, Brooks Ashmanskas, Emerson Brooks, and Marcia Gay Harden. The creators are Darren Star (Emily in Paris, Sex and the City) and Jeffrey Richman (Modern Family).
It will air on Showtime as part of a lineup called “Metro Cultures,” which consists of shows highlighting diverse populations, such as The L Word and The Chi.
Another gay-inclusive series, the upcoming Ripley, just moved from Showtime to Netflix, according to Deadline. The series is based on lesbian writer Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels, especially The Talented Mr. Ripley, with the title character being a gay grifter insinuating his way into a group of wealthy American expatriates in Europe in the mid-20th century.
The series from Steven Zaillian, which is in post-production, stars Andrew Scott as Ripley and Johnny Flynn as one of his targets, Dickie Greenleaf. Those roles were played by Matt Damon and Jude Law, respectively, in the 1999 film of The Talented Mr. Ripley. The series is set for eight episodes but could be extended, Deadline notes. It is expected to premiere in late 2023 or early 2024.