Ins and outs of re­la­tion­ships

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - The Other Guy,

This week, you can see Matt Okine strug­gling with cook­ing a vegetable curry with chef Chris­tine Mans­field (Thurs­day, 8pm, ABC) and strug­gling with life in gen­eral as AJ in The Other Guy, a newly com­mis­sioned com­edy that de­buts on Stan on Thurs­day.

It is a fa­mil­iar con­ceit: AJ is a ra­dio host who had been in a long-term re­la­tion­ship with Liv (Ir­ish ac­tress Va­lene Kane, Rogue One) un­til she cheated on him with his best friend and flat­mate Henry. Liv is now plan­ning to re­turn to Ire­land, while Henry ap­pears to have won all the mu­tual friends in the “di­vorce”.

In the mean­time, AJ has a new flat­mate, Ste­vie (Har­riet Dyer, who also stars in Stan’s other orig­i­nal com­edy, No Ac­tiv­ity, which is be­ing re­made by CBS in the US). Ste­vie is a gen­er­ally poor in­flu­ence on AJ — her drug deal­ing and potty-mouthed boyfriend are a big part of that — but ap­pears to be the only friend he’s got. The Other Guy

It would be fair to de­scribe the brand of com­edy as poignant rather than the laugh-out­loud va­ri­ety (even though most of the plot in episode one is con­cerned with whether it was AJ or his ca­sual sex part­ner who uri­nated in their shared bed).

Okine has pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated co­me­di­ans and ac­tors Don­ald Glover and Aziz An­sari as in­flu­ences; the com­par­isons in terms of tone, pac­ing and de­tach­ment be­tween this show and their re­spec­tive se­ries At­lanta and Mas­ter of None are ob­vi­ous.

Mean­while, Stan re­cently an­nounced a tele­vi­sion re­make of the 1992 film Rom­per Stom­per, which will star Jac­que­line McKenzie, Lachy Hulme and David Wen­ham. The lo­cal streamer clearly means to ex­tend its lead in the lo­cally com­mis­sioned con­tent stakes. stream­ing on Stan from Thurs­day.

Matt Okine brings a poignant brand of hu­mour to his lat­est show,

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