Josh Thomas is ready for his follow up to Please Like Me. The Australian comedian is pulling triple duty once again, serving as showrunner, writer, and star of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, which was ordered to series Wednesday at Freeform, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show stars Thomas as Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old living at home with his dad and two teenage sisters, one of whom has autism. Although he’s not particularly helpful in raising his sisters, he has to step up when his dad becomes terminally ill.
Thomas previously explored mental health through a queer lens in Please Like Me, which dealt with topics like anxiety, depression, and suicide. Pre-Nanette, Hannah Gadsby gave a powerful performance as a patient dealing with depression.
“I’m really keen to do with autism what I tried to do with mental health in Please Like Me,” Thomas tells OUT. “I wanna present it honestly with an awareness that the way it affects people is really varied. So, we are telling an individual story about a girl who happens to have autism as opposed to trying to make big sweeping statements about it.”
Thomas also promises plenty of gay storylines in his new series. Although Please Like Me was about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and learning how to be gay, his character in Everything’s Gonna Be Okay is already out. And he’s apparently quite sexually experienced.
“I would just hate to have my very own TV show that doesn’t involve boys kissing,” he says. “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.”
The 10-episode series began development in May. A premiere date has not yet been announced.