Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer.
Stan has commissioned a second season of comedy series The Other Guy, created by and starring Matt Okine.
Season two will be produced by Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford and Alice Willson for Aquarius Films, while Jude Troy will EP under her new shingle, Wooden Horse.
The first season followed AJ Amon (Okine), a successful radio host who unexpectedly finds himself back in the dating pool for the first time in a decade after discovering his long-term girlfriend (Valene Kane) was having an affair with his best friend. The series was picked up by Hulu in the US and Super Channel in Canada.
Create NSW and Screen Australia have both supported the second season, which will shoot on location in Sydney in the coming months. Much of the cast, including Harriet Dyer, are set to return.
The second instalment will pick up five months after the last, with AJ having lost everything – his house, his job, his best friend – and to make matters worse he’s just found out his ex-girlfriend is pregnant and it may or may not be his. When a producer approaches AJ to make a TV show about his shitty life, he thinks he may finally have an opportunity to get back on top. But how do you make a show about your life without pissing off everyone in it? Will AJ use the show to get revenge on the people who wronged him or will reliving the past only keep him stuck there?
Okine said: “To have the opportunity to make season two of The Other Guy is genuinely a dream come true, and I’m super proud that we get to keep making such a funny, unique show with the rawness and honesty that made the first season so well-loved. I’ve also been putting a lot of mental preparation into filming because it’s impossible to keep a straight face when you’re working with Harriet Dyer, who is hands-down one of the funniest people and performers I know. I can’t wait to show Australian and international audiences the next chapter of this story.”
Fielder and Staniford of Aquarius Films said, “The Other Guy is a diverse millennial comedy distinctly set in Sydney’s inner west that is a microcosm of the lifestyle of single 30-somethings navigating the world of dating in the digital age. We are so excited to be embarking on season two with Wooden Horse and to be continuing our relationship with Stan. We are also delighted that Aquarius’ Alice Willison will be stepping up to produce the second season alongside us.”
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