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— Josh Thomas (@JoshThomas87) July 26, 2013
Which does not qualify as good news in our book.
All we can do at this stage is take note of the way the US network that’s picking up the tab here calls itself “TV for The New Greatest Generation”. Which certainly seems to fit in with the attitude expressed by Please Like Me during its initial run. “Passionate Millennials”? Good luck getting those guys to look away from their tumblr porn long enough to realise you’re on the air.
Less sarcastically, it’s fairly clear that this is a new network desperately looking for US-friendly programming and Thomas’ show fit the bill. Thomas’ bizarre accent finally pays off!
This is actually bad new for Thomas as well, or at least it is if you share our opinion that he may have talent but he’s in no way ready to be single-handedly crafting his own sitcom. This is pretty much the same thing that happened to Chris Lilley: both young and moderately talented, they were handed too much power too quickly and their poor habits – largely revolving around their self-obsession and the way it prevented them from actually being funny outside of “cringe comedy” – solidified. Insert snarky comment about “typical Millennials” here*.
Now it’s 2013 and all Lilley knows how to do is ask people to take him seriously when he’s dressing up as guys half his age: having now staked his entire career on being a “millennial”, Thomas is going to struggle once he outgrows his boy-man image. Yeah, we’re sure he’s all broken up about that; he’s just got a big time US sitcom deal. Now he can finally join that elite group of Aussie comics who’ve made it big in America: Chris Lilley and the guy in the dog suit from Wilfred. Congratulations, you’ll fit right in.
*this whole “self-obsessed Millennials” thing is crap anyway. Some people are always going to be self-obsessed; younger people are often self-obsessed but grow out of it. Probably part of the reason why Lilley has a devoted fanbase of teenagers is because his self-obsession speaks to them, especially as he’s gone from making fun of that kind of thing (early Ja’ime) to reveling in it (all of Angry Boys).