‘So Close’: Julie Klausner To Co-Star In NBC Comedy Pilot

Julie Klausner has been cast opposite  Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier in NBC comedy pilot So Close from Greg Malins, Hazy Mills and Universal TV.
Written by Malins and directed by Gail Mancuso, So Close centers on hopeless romantics Riley (Zamata) & Kyle (Kleier). At crossroads in their separate lives, they are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other’s soul mates.
Klausner will play Amy. A bit of a crazy with…

Julie Klausner has been cast opposite  Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier in NBC comedy pilot So Close from Greg Malins, Hazy Mills and Universal TV. Written by Malins and directed by Gail Mancuso, So Close centers on hopeless romantics Riley (Zamata) & Kyle (Kleier). At crossroads in their separate lives, they are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other's soul mates. Klausner will play Amy. A bit of a crazy with…

Hulu cancels Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s Difficult People

After three vicious and hilarious seasons, Hulu has decided to cancel its comedy series Difficult People. This comes from Deadline, which says the streaming service decided not to renew the show for a fourth season, meaning its third season finale will now have to be its series finale. Difficult People was one of…

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After three vicious and hilarious seasons, Hulu has decided to cancel its comedy series Difficult People. This comes from Deadline, which says the streaming service decided not to renew the show for a fourth season, meaning its third season finale will now have to be its series finale. Difficult People was one of…

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‘Difficult People’ Canceled by Hulu After 3 Seasons

“Difficult People” has gotten some tough news.

Hulu has canceled the Julie Klausner-created comedy series after three seasons.

Klausner stars with Billy Eichner on the show that premiered in August 2015. Its third season debuted in August 2017.

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The series centers on Julie Kessler (Klausner) and Billy Epstein (Eichner), two struggling comedians who seemingly dislike everyone they encounter except for each other. Andrea Martin, Cole Escola and James Urbaniak round out the cast.

Executive producers for the Universal Cable Productions project include Klausner and Amy Poehler, along with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky.

Becky apologized Monday for how he initially responded to accusations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K., whom Becky dropped as a client last week after a blistering New York Times exposé about the comedian.

This is a time of transition for Hulu’s comedy slate, as the platform recently announced that “Casual” is ending after Season 4, while the series finale for “The Mindy Project” was released today.

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“Difficult People” has gotten some tough news.

Hulu has canceled the Julie Klausner-created comedy series after three seasons.

Klausner stars with Billy Eichner on the show that premiered in August 2015. Its third season debuted in August 2017.

The series centers on Julie Kessler (Klausner) and Billy Epstein (Eichner), two struggling comedians who seemingly dislike everyone they encounter except for each other. Andrea Martin, Cole Escola and James Urbaniak round out the cast.

Executive producers for the Universal Cable Productions project include Klausner and Amy Poehler, along with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky.

Becky apologized Monday for how he initially responded to accusations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K., whom Becky dropped as a client last week after a blistering New York Times exposé about the comedian.

This is a time of transition for Hulu’s comedy slate, as the platform recently announced that “Casual” is ending after Season 4, while the series finale for “The Mindy Project” was released today.

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Every Wildly Inappropriate Kevin Spacey Joke ‘Difficult People’ Ever Made — Watch

Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner have been sounding the alarm about the actor for three seasons of their Hulu show.

There is much to love about “Difficult People”: The biting humor dripping with old school charm, cameos from Broadway’s greatest character actors, and the greatest television friendship since “The Golden Girls” went off the air. But there’s one recurring bit on Julie Klausner’s pitch-perfect Hulu comedy that has only ripened like a fine boxed wine — Kevin Spacey jokes. The non-nonsense writer and actress has never minced words when it comes to the alleged predator, and that was long before Anthony Rapp’s chilling story led to the deluge of accusations headed Spacey’s way.

Starring Klausner and Billy Eichner as fictionalized versions of themselves before they were famous, “Difficult People” screams, “They just don’t make comedies like they used to.” And that includes chutzpah. A new compilation of every Kevin Spacey joke ever made on the show opens with: “His hand shot up faster than Kevin Spacey’s fly at the opening of ‘Newsies.'” Another bit asks, “What do kids hate?” The answer: “Jazz, the dentist, homework, Kevin Spacey.”

One of Billy’s many existential crises sums up the actor’s life quite neatly: “Maybe I should give up trying to find love, you know? I’m gonna go the Kevin Spacey route. Just stop trying to be a human being, and just focus on getting famous, and then after I have my own Netflix show focus all of my frustrations on a boyfriend young enough to be my own son.”

In light of the recent allegations, some of the more cutting jokes on “Difficult People” may seem in poor taste. However, given Klausner’s long-held outsider status in Hollywood, she certainly had nothing to gain from taking on one of its most beloved actors. Klausner and the rest of the writing staff are to be applauded for calling out Spacey’s shameful “secret.” Maybe now Hollywood has room for more people as brilliant as she is.

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Why the Woody Allen ‘Difficult People’ Parody Exposes the Power of His Legacy

The hilarious teardown of Allen as both an auteur and a persona is also honest about his place within the industry.

The news cycle surrounding Woody Allen these days tends to go as follows: Reminder of previous allegations, followed by announcement of new film, followed by talent in new project being asked about allegations, followed by new film receiving either critical acclaim or relative indifference, followed by new reminder of previous allegations.

Right now, we’re in the “announcement of new film” phase, with Tuesday’s casting of Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Selena Gomez in Allen’s upcoming untitled feature film. But that same morning, Hulu premiered the most savage takedown yet of not just Woody Allen’s modern day work as an auteur, but the cult of personality around him.

Difficult People” in general and creator Julie Klausner in particular have never been shy about poking fun at certain topics the rest of Hollywood might consider taboo. Just consider the metric ton of jokes about Kevin Spacey’s sexuality that the series has made over the years. But the second episode of Season 3 takes on Allen on a whole new level.

The episode, “Strike Rat,” is very much worth watching in full, especially for the gay conversion subplot and Vanessa Williams as Matthew’s (Cole Escola) ex-wife Trish. But at the heart of it is aspiring actress Julie (Klausner), who gets a secret audition for a new Amazon show.

When Julie finds out she’s auditioning for a famous director “who is arguably offensive to women,” her first guess is Eli Roth, and the casting director corrects her. “Close — Jewish also, but his violence against women is more dialogue-based and exists more in his characters’ antiquated attitudes towards them.”

Julie then gets it immediately: “Woody Allen’s doing another Amazon series?”

“Yes!” the casting director exclaims. “It’s called ‘Manhattan Mini-Storage’ and this time we’re all sure the Wood-ster is going to get TV.” (As opposed to last time.)

From the handwritten script pages to the reference to Allen’s 2 p.m. “salted cottage cheese dinner,” writers Klausner and Scott King’s parody comes together beautifully, especially in the dialogue. A brief compilation of great moments:

  • The character Julie is auditioning for: “Esther, white, over 16, unfuckable.”
  • “Woody still thinks cigarette girls still exist and black people don’t.”
  • One of Julie’s lines in the show: “Oh, Max — every time I see you, I feel like I just smoked a bunch of grass.”
  • “Hold on, Woody fell asleep again… He’s a napper and a hider. It’s frustrating when he does both.”
  • While looking for Woody: “I found a fishing hat and some Knicks tickets — he can’t be far!”

This isn’t a simple parody, though; “Strike Rat” instead takes a hard look at the ethical dilemma faced by so many of the actors and actresses who have worked with Allen in recent years, through the prism of Julie’s choice to take the role, even while other women literally protest the production. (The name of the group is WAWA — “Women Against Woody Allen.”)

“If I work with him it’s just going to validate his behavior, and I don’t just mean towards women — have you seen ‘Whatever Works’?” Julie says… even though she’s already taken the part.

Julie’s not meant to be a moral pillar of a character, a fact you can glean from the show’s very title. But “Strike Rat” gets at the heart of the fact that while for some people, not working with an accused child molester might be an easy decision, Allen still commands plenty of reverence and respect within the industry.

“Difficult People” lets Julie be blunt about the fact that an individual’s need for success can outweigh larger ethical concerns, which we see so often in the real word. After all, it’s only been three years since Cate Blanchett won her Oscar for “Blue Jasmine,” and new talent continues to sign up for the chance to work with him. It’s all too believable that a struggling actress on Julie’s level would leap at the opportunity. After all, not-so-struggling actresses like Miley Cyrus, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Anna Camp, and Emma Stone don’t seem to have a problem with it.

Ultimately, the most fantastical element of the Allen storyline is the very existence of WAWA, as the idea of an organization targeting the auteur on a personal level is simply impossible to imagine. For “Strike Rat” does more than parody Allen’s work — it explains why Allen’s still working.

“Difficult People” Season 3 is streaming now on Hulu. 

‘Difficult People’ Trailer: Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner Are Back For Season 3 And They Brought John Cho With Them

Andrea Martin and James Urbaniak are also back for the third round of Hulu’s New York-set comedy.

Look out, New York. Billy and Julie are back. And they’ve brought company.

Hulu has released the trailer for Season 3 of “Difficult People,” the comedy that stars Julie Klausner and Bill Eichner as two friends navigating the more unusual sides of New York life.

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This year, the two frenemies have brought in old faces and new, from Julie’s mom Marilyn (the legendary Andrea Martin) to Julie’s boyfriend Arthur (James Urbaniak) to Todd (John Cho), a brand new beau for Billy. It’s a new step for the show, which has seen plenty of non-starter Billy dates (including a particularly memorable John Mulaney), but no season-long partner.

The trailer also teases another new cast member, Lucy Liu, as an editor working with Marilyn on a book project. (Oh, those scenes with the two of them are going to be a delight.)

Meanwhile, it looks like the tables have turned slightly for Julie, as Arthur’s career ambitions look to take him away from New York. But beyond the additions to the cast, this trailer seems to have all the show’s dependable highlights: emotional frustration, lighthearted ribbing and an unapologetic swipe at celebrity.

Watch the trailer for Season 3 of “Difficult People” below:

“Difficult People” Season 3 premieres on Hulu on August 8.

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‘Difficult People’ Stars On Pilot’s USA Origins & Working With Hulu — AwardsLine Screening Series

“People forget, but we originally made this pilot for USA. Hulu didn’t even really exist, certainly in the way it does now, as a network doing original programming, when Julie first wrote this script,” Billy Eichner said last night at an AwardsLine Screening Series presentation of Hulu’s original comedy Difficult People. “All due respect to USA, it’s impossible to think of this show on USA.”
Starring series creator Julie Klausner and Eichner, who play fictionalized…

“People forget, but we originally made this pilot for USA. Hulu didn't even really exist, certainly in the way it does now, as a network doing original programming, when Julie first wrote this script,” Billy Eichner said last night at an AwardsLine Screening Series presentation of Hulu’s original comedy Difficult People. “All due respect to USA, it's impossible to think of this show on USA.” Starring series creator Julie Klausner and Eichner, who play fictionalized…

‘Difficult People’ Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

Hulu has picked up “Difficult People” for Season 3, Variety has learned. The 10-episode third season will premiere in 2017. The series stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as the titular people, a pair of best friends who live in New York City. Even in a city comprised almost entirely of difficult people, “Julie” and… Read more »

Hulu has picked up “Difficult People” for Season 3, Variety has learned. The 10-episode third season will premiere in 2017. The series stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as the titular people, a pair of best friends who live in New York City. Even in a city comprised almost entirely of difficult people, “Julie” and... Read more »