New US streaming service buys Oz comedy
Sticky Pictures’ Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane is among the first acquisitions by a new US online comedy channel.
The six-part musical comedy will screen on NBCUniversal’s SeeSo, an ad-free subscription service which will launch in January 1 on streaming platforms and connected devices for $US3.99 per month.
Commissioned by the ABC, the first live-action prime time series from Sticky Pictures centres on two mismatched housemates: Sammy J, a hopeless, down-and-out lawyer who, six years into his legal career, is yet to win a case, and Randy, a cheating, gambling, drinking divorcee who happens to be a purple puppet.
Written by and starring Sammy J and Randy and produced by Donna Andrews, the series airs on ABC on Wednesdays at 9.30pm. The cast includes Nathan Lovejoy (This is Littleton, At Home with Julia), Georgia Chara (Wentworth, Home and Away), Samantha Healy (Mrs Biggs, McLeod’s Daughters) and an alpaca named Kerry.
Andrews said, “It is incredibly exciting to have our first live-action prime time series picked up for NBC Universal’s SeeSo launch in the US. It’s a testament to the quality and universal comedy of Sammy J & Randy. “
Randy quipped, “’We are thrilled that our show will be heading to America. The hardest thing was convincing US audiences one of the main leads was a puppet, but once they accepted Sammy J, it was an easy sell.”
The line-up on SeeSo will include The Office, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Parks and Recreation, The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, The Young Ones, new original series such as The UCB Show with Amy Poehler, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Programming will be updated daily with exclusive, original comedies and every month there will be live-streamed stand-up.
Worldwide distributor ABC Commercial negotiated with deal with NBCU Digital Enterprises.
Production Credits: A Sticky Pictures production in association with ABC TV, Film Victoria and Screen Australia. Written by and starring Sammy J and Randy. Produced by Donna Andrews, co-produced by Chris McDonald. Directed by Jonathan Brough. Sticky Pictures Executive Producers Donna Andrews and Stu Connolly. ABC Executive Producers Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh.