Jay Baruchel Heads to FXX in New Show ‘Man Seeking Woman’

By July 2, 2014

Hot on the heels of FX ordering 10 episodes of Denis Leary’s mullet-tastic new series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” their young offshoot FXX channel has just picked up a new comedy series as well.

Today FX Networks announced the order of 10 episodes for “Man Seeking Woman,” a half-hour comedy series created and executive produced by “Saturday Night Live” writer Simon Rich starring This is The End and How to Train Your Dragon star Jay Baruchel.

Based on Simon Rich’s book of short stories The Last Girlfriend on Earth, the series is described as a sweet and absurd look at the surreal life-and-death stakes of dating, and it centers on Josh Greenberg (Baruchel), a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love.

Sounds perfect for someone genuine like Baruchel, who has an uncanny ability to play socially awkward in the most charming fashion imaginable. Even if he’s being kind of a dick, it’s still 99% more charming than anyone else acting like an asshole. Here’s a quote from Nick Grad, one of the Presidents of Original Programming at FX:

Simon Rich has delivered a wholly original, hilarious and fantastical view of single life that features an incredible performance from Jay Baruchel. We feel this is the perfect fit for FXX and are thrilled to pick up the show.

Baruchel isn’t the only one who gets to shine though – the series also features regular cast members Eric Andre (“Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23”), Britt Lower (“Unforgettable”), and Maya Erskine (“Betas”). That’s some prime comic talent, and this show could provide a great opportunity for a breakthrough performance from any of them.

Relationships and dating is territory that has been covered extensively by sitcoms on every channel across decades of television, so it’s hard to make it fresh. But lately FX Networks have been crushing it with their original programming, matching up to the greatness of AMC before “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” were on the way out. At least now they have some more promising comedy series on the way, and “Man Seeking Woman” could emerge as the standout of the group. Stay tuned for more.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.