Words: Will Stroude
Two and half years after the finale of his acclaimed comedy drama Please Like Me aired, Josh Thomas is back with a brand new US series which looks set to explore family, mental health and sexuality with the same irresistable mix of wry wit and unexpected emotional clout.
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Thomas’s new half-our comedy drama for US network Freeform, sees the Australian comedian, actor and writer play neurotic 25-year-old Nick, who begins caring for his two teenage half-sisters – one of whom has autism – after their father develops a terminal illness.
Now, the first trailer for the series is finally with us, and the signs are good that it’ll capture the same offbeat humour and positive LGBTQ representation that defined Please Like Me during that show’s four-season run from 2013-16.
However, despite the welcome arrivial of the trailer, it looks like we might still have a while to wait to see Everything’s Gonn Be Okay in full.
Following the trailer’s release on Tuesday (14 May), Thomas revealed on Twitter that it was created using the only the pilot – filmed last year – and the rest of the series is only set to begin shooting next week.
“We don’t have an air date yet… We haven’t even made it yet!” the 31-year-old wrote. “The trailer being released was a bit of a shock!”
Queensland-born Thomas made his name on the comedy circuit before penning the first season of the semi-autobiographical Please Like Me in 2013, chronicling the life of a young 20-something coming to terms with his sexuality after his mother attempts suicide.
Co-starring former Neighbours actress Caitlyn Stasey, the series was praised for its frank depiction of LGBT and mental health issues and won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy series three years in a row from 2014-16.
Thomas, who is gay, previously explained that he would “hate” to create shows that didn’t include LGBTQ representation – and revealed that Everything’s Gonna Be Okay would continue that through his character Nick.
“I would just hate to have my very own TV show that doesn’t involve boys kissing,” he told The Hollywood Reporter last year.
“In this show, he is very comfortably out and no one is fussed by it. And he like already knows how to bottom.
“So, I’m not sure how much further ‘exploration of sexuality and identity’ there will be.
“But there will be gays in it being gay, I promise. Always.”