Netflix Taps Judd Apatow For New Series

Netflix has partnered with producer/actor Judd Apatow on a new Netflix original series set to premiere in 2016.

Love, which stars Paul Rust (Inglorious Basterds) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Girls), will take an honest take on modern relationships, according to Netflix officials. The OTT service has greenlit two seasons of Love, with the first debuting in 2016 with 10 episodes and the second in 2017 with 12 episodes.

Apatow Productions and Legendary Television will produce half-hour comedy series, with Brent Forrester (The Office, The Simpsons) serving as executive producer.

“Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank -- often at the same time,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners.”

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