Netflix announced today a two-season commitment to a new comedy series, Love, created, written and produced by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin.
Love stars Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper; Inglorious Basterds) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) as a couple navigating the ups and downs of romance. It’ll debut in 2016 with 10 half-hour episodes, with another 12 episodes to follow in 2017.
“I am thrilled,” Apatow told The Comic’s Comic. “Netflix already gave us more episodes than we got for Freaks and Geeks or Undeclared. We are excited to start.”
Apatow already is producing a new big-screen movie for Pee-wee Herman character that Rust has been co-writing with Paul Reubens. Jacobs will be featured in the new season of Girls, which Apatow executive produces with Lena Dunham.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 16, 2014
Apatow, Rust and Arfin will produce Love via Apatow Productions and Legendary Television. Brent Forrester (The Office, The Simpsons) will executive produce.
Hulu had been mentioned as a possible destination for Love earlier this summer, but Netflix ultimately won out with the two-season commitment.
“Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank — often at the same time,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners.”