Creator Jason Katims is best-known for “Friday Evening Lights” and “Parenthood.”
However he mentioned his newest drama collection, “As We See It,” is private. It’s based mostly on the 2018 Israeli collection “On the Spectrum.”
“I’ve a son who’s on the spectrum,” Katims, 61, instructed The Put up. “Just a few years in the past, earlier than I began desirous about this present, he was changing into a younger grownup – the age of those characters on this present. And I used to be pondering so much about his story and his future. You open up the Autism Speaks web site, and also you see an image of a stupendous little boy. These youngsters develop up. So, for a really private purpose, I used to be desirous about this subject material. Then I noticed the Israeli present.”
“As We See It,” premiering Jan. 21 on Amazon, follows Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison (Albert Rutecki), and Violet (Sue Ann Pien), twentysomething roommates on the autism spectrum, as they attempt to maintain jobs, date, navigate the world and make pals – with assist from Violet’s brother, Van (Chris Pang), Jack’s dad, Lou (Joe Mantegna) and their aide, Mandy (Sosie Bacon).
Laptop whiz Jack struggles to be well mannered when he feels that different folks aren’t as much as his degree of intelligence, which causes issues within the publishing home the place he works. Harrison, who’s hooked on TV, struggles to depart the residence, overwhelmed with stimuli when he steps exterior. Violet’s intense need to this point results in some ill-fated flirting within the quick meals spot the place she works, and her older brother restricts her entry to relationship apps on her cellphone.
Not one of the characters are immediately based mostly on Katims’ 23-year-old son, Sawyer, he mentioned.
“One of many issues that has helped me to jot down the present is that it’s not autobiographical. So, I don’t have to fret about, ‘Can I inform that story, ought to I not, it’s not mine to inform?’ I don’t have to fret about my son’s privateness or anyone else’s,” he mentioned. “I’m in fact drawing from my expertise and the folks I do know on the spectrum – not simply my son. It’s been a very long time now that I’ve been near this subject material.”
His son has not watched “As We See it” but, he mentioned.
“The humorous factor about my son – he doesn’t like watching my reveals. Sawyer is the most important soccer fan on the planet, and I can’t get him to look at ‘Friday Evening Lights.’ He’s like, ‘I can watch actual soccer.’ So I’ll attempt to get him to look at [‘As We See It’], and we’ll see what occurs.”
Talking of “Friday Evening Lights,” which ran on NBC from 2006-2011, Katims mentioned that it’s tough for him to mirror on it from a distance.
“To me, ‘Friday Evening Lights,’ was such a seminal a part of my profession and my life. I do know plenty of time has passed by now, nevertheless it doesn’t really feel that option to me,” he mentioned. “These characters really feel so near my coronary heart that I don’t actually take a look at it with the angle that possibly I ought to be it with, as a result of it doesn’t really feel that distant from me.
“Alternatively, I’m reminded of the time that’s handed after I placed on my TV and I see Jesse Plemons and Connie [Britton] and Michael B. Jordan and Kyle [Chandler]. Once I see these folks whose careers have just exploded on this superb means, it provides me such pleasure to see their journeys since ‘Friday Evening Lights.’
“I really feel very proud that I had the chance to work with them on a present that I do know was as significant to them because it was to me.”