Two of this year’s most acclaimed new shows have been renewed, with FX bringing back Noah Harley’s Marvel series LEGION for a second season, as expected, and HBO heralding the return of its heartfelt comedy CRASHING, which hails from executive producers Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow.
An original take on the timeworn superhero story, Legion is based on the Marvel comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The one-hour drama stars Dan Stevens — quickly making a name for himself between this and Beauty and the Beast — as David Haller, a troubled, institutionalized young man who may be more than human.
Rachel Keller and Aubrey Plaza co-star as David’s fellow patients, while Katie Aselton plays his sister. Jean Smart plays an unconventional therapist who leads a team that includes Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris and Amber Midthunder.
Legion has been performing well in its 10pm time slot on Wednesday nights, and though I confess that I haven’t kept up with the show, I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far and intend to finish watching the first season at some point.
Meanwhile, I fell head over heels for Crashing as soon as I saw the title of its very first episode, “Artie Lange,” which co-stars the hilarious comedian and The Howard Stern Show veteran. The Tracking Board was so enamored with Lange’s turn that we requested an interview with him that we hold out hope will happen someday.
The show is based on Holmes’ own life — sort of. He plays a struggling stand-up comedian whose world falls apart when he walks in on his wife cheating on him. Pete subsequently dives deeper into the world of stand-up comedy as he couch surfs with various friends and comedians including Lange and T.J. Miller, who is also hilarious as a fictional version of himself.
The first season consists of eight episodes, though it’s unknown how many episodes will comprise season two. HBO may decide to boost the episode count of Crashing since the network is winding down its other current Sunday night comedy Girls, and Holmes’ show is relatively cheap to produce.
Fear not for HBO’s comedy slate, however, as the return of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is on the horizon along with more episodes of Veep, Silicon Valley, Insecure, Divorce, Ballers, Vice Principals, Tracy Ullman’s Show and High Maintenance.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief