HBO has produced many a great comedy over the years (and by the way, when is “Curb Your Enthusiasm” coming back?) and it looks like they may have come up with another one. “Getting On” is based on a British series and is set in a geriatric care facility. It was created for American television by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, who have impressive resumes, having previously created the excellent HBO series about a polygamist family, “Big Love.”
The Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital is located in Long Beach, CA and serves the needs of elderly (or “getting on” in the gentle parlance of the industry) women who require round-the-clock care. The humor can be a bit dark, dealing with life and death and medical red tape. The show also gives viewers a glimpse into the personal lives of the unique folks who work in the facility, including:
Dr. Jenna James (played by Laurie Metcalf of Roseanne fame), who had once expected something a bit more prestigious out of her career and must adjust to the place she’s landed;
Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein, the voice of Lois on Family Guy) who is good at her job but whose quest for love tends to get her in trouble;
Nurse DiDi (Niecy Nash from Reno 911!), one of the more normal and sensible staff members;
…and Patsy De La Serda (Mel Rodriguez), “a reform-minded supervising nurse of ambiguous sexuality.”
The show will also feature guest stars such as Molly Shannon, Daniel Stern, Harry Dean Stanton, June Squibb and Irma P. Hall.
“Getting On” premieres on Sunday, November 24 at 10:00 p.m. on HBO.
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Jennie has contributed to Imperfect Women since its inception in 2009. She writes about politics, celebrity news, and anything else that catches her interest.