Production has begun on The Other Guy, a comedy-drama from the mind of Matt Okine.
Okine, who was born and raised in Brisbane before relocating to Sydney, and is best known for co-hosting Triple J’s breakfast show from 2014 to 2016, will both write and star in the series.
The extremely biographical series tells the tale of a successful radio host who finds himself back in the dating pool for the first time in a decade after discovering that his long-term girlfriend has been having an affair with his best friend.
(Strangely enough, even though the series is based on something that actually happened to Okine, the basic premise is still very similar to US comedian Pete Holmes’ new HBO show, Crashing, which is also an autobiographical series about a comedian’s break-up with his cheating partner.)
“The Other Guy demonstrates Stan’s ongoing commitment to creating fresh, engaging local content you won’t find anywhere else, showcasing the wealth of talent we have in Australia,” says Nick Forward, Stan’s chief content officer.
“Matt is one of the country’s most in-demand comedians and we’re delighted to have Kacie Anning on board — she’s undoubtedly one of the most talented young directors coming out of Australia.”
The series, which will be co-written by Becky Lucas (Please Like Me) and Greg Waters (Soul Mates, Dance Academy), will co-star Harriet Dyer (No Activity, Love Child), Valene Kane (The Fall, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Magda Szubanski (Kath & Kim, Bran Nue Dae), Christiaan van Vuuren (Soul Mates, Bondi Hipsters) and Amali Golden (Australian Idol).
The series will be shot on location around Sydney and will be produced in partnership with Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Okine has already used the break-up as inspiration for an award-winning stand-up show, The Other Guy, which will form the basis of the TV series.
“My ex and I… we had a few conversations about me doing the show, when I first started doing it,” Okine told us back in 2015.
“I think she was really scared that I was going to somehow stand up on stage and try to make her look bad. That’s really not my goal with the show. The fact is, any break-up takes two people. I am more than aware of the areas of our relationship that I was letting her down in, so the focus of the show isn’t on her. It’s always about what I was doing, and where I went wrong.
“I think that’s why people can relate to it, you know, because you can get stuck in a relationship and walk around with your eyes closed assuming the other person’s always going to be there. When they’re not, it’s easy to play the victim. But the reality is, I was neglectful. I was so focussed on getting up at 4:25am and trying to make a million people laugh on the radio that I kind of forgot to check in on where she was at.”
The Other Guy is set to premiere exclusively on Stan in late 2017.