HBO has picked up another comedy for a series order: the Laurie Metcalf vehicle 'Getting On.'
'Getting On' is adapted from the British series of same name with the original creators serving as Executive Producers on this American version. The people handling the adaptation for American audiences are none other than Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer, creators of the smash hit HBO series 'Big Love.' Olsen and Scheffer have an overall production deal with HBO and 'Getting On' is their latest effort at bringing a new series to the network (after their 2012 drama 'China Doll' failed to materialize).
'Getting On,' a medical comedy, will star Laurie Metcalf ('Roseanne'), Alex Borstein ('Family Guy') and Niecy Nash ('American Dad!') as the put-upon nurses in a women’s geriatric extended-care wing of a down-at-the-heels hospital. The series follows the anxious doctors and administrators as they struggle with the darkly comic, brutally honest and quietly compassionate realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system.
Metcalf was a beloved and integral part of the 'Roseanne' cast which the American public fell in love with over the course of several seasons. Since 'Roseanne' concluded, Metcalf has taken smaller, lower-profile roles--until now. Given that both Borstein and Nash are best known for voice work on animated series, Metcalf's recognizable star power seems at the center of this project; teaming with proven creators like Olsen and Scheffer on tried and tested source material could bring about a rennaissance in Metcalf's comedy career.
'Getting On' is the second comedy to be picked up by HBO recently, following 'Hello Ladies' from Stephen Merchant, co-creator of 'The Office.'