FORBETTER OR WORSE
FX’S must-see comedy, BETTER THINGS, returns!
FX’s edgy, raw and often achingly real comedy, BETTER THINGS, returns on Thursday, September 14, at 10 p.m. EST, and trust us, what the series — cowritten by star Paula Adlon and Louis C.K. — has in store is worth the wait! Sam, the neurotic, overtired, single actress who’s apparently lost her filter is back, and her world is even more complicated than it was before!
“The flaws that Sam has as a mother, a person, a daughter and a friend are shown with real compassion, truth and humor,” executive producer M. Blair Breard observes, “but without commenting on them or highlighting them with quotation marks.”
Stressed Out “To The Max”
Sam’s lengthy series of sighs, which open the premiere, say a lot about where she is in life: totally overwhelmed! She’s thrown a party at the house, and teen daughter Max’s guest raises more than a few eyebrows. “He’s an eternal man-child who is way more enamored of himself than everybody else is,” Breard shares. “He believes that he is God’s gift to women.”
While this guy and his equally “charming” brother have really gotta be seen to be believed, what Sam focuses on is yet an- other obstacle with cranky Max that she’s loathe to face. However, according to Breard, the surprising thing that happens next is “one of the most beautifully written pieces of parenting that I’ve seen.” Alas, Sam should probably be grateful not to know what’s going on unsupervised elsewhere in the house with little Duke!
Worst. Date. Ever.
The following week, a beleaguered Sam’s attempt to get a little bit of “me time” goes totally off the rails, starting with her latest bed partner. “She’s very intolerant of his needs,” Breard says wryly. “She doesn’t have the time of day to make this guy feel good about himself.”
Look for their date to go from bad to worse, culminating in an epic public show-
down that’s poised to become a classic piece of TV. Might the posh get-away Sam treats herself to afterwards prove rejuvenating? Um, have you met Sam? She’s illequipped to handle even that.
The Struggle Is Real
Just ahead, the actress will contend with her ongoing struggle with aging in Hollywood, juxtaposed with daughter Frankie’s coming-of-age issues with gender identity. “We are going to let that play out,” Breard previews. “The way it’s addressed is not what you’d expect.”
BETTER THINGS promises to keep viewers laughing, crying and gasping in surprise this season as Sam continues trying to hold it all together without simultaneously falling apart. “She’s [dealing with] universal struggles,” Breard concludes of the character. “We’re all imperfect… we just don’t get to see ourselves reflected on TV that often.”
“Phyllis doesn’t drive Sam crazy in the obvious manner that we see in TV moms,” Breard suggests.
Right: “Sam is capable of so much more than she seems to be,” Breard says. So the way she handles Max’s dilemma might surprise viewers. BETTER THINGS’ leading lady won an Emmy for voicing Bobby on KING OF THE HILL.