“Is this something you really want, to go on a date? Aren’t you afraid of getting hurt?” asks Jennifer Jason Leigh as the mother of an autistic young man (Keir Gilchrist) in the upcoming Netflix original series “Atypical.” He answers, “Mom, I’m getting older, and at some point I really, really hope I get to see boobs.” The series debuts on August 11. Watch the teaser and date announcement above.
“Atypical” is part of a busy and star-studded summer for Netflix, which is also debuting new series starring Alison Brie (“GLOW”), Naomi Watts (“Gypsy”), Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), and Keegan-Michael Key and Cobie Smulders (“Friends from College”). “Atypical” star Leigh has appeared on TV before, most recently in “Weeds” and “Revenge,” but she’s best known for her film work, including “Single White Female” (1992), “Dolores Claiborne” (1995) and “The Hateful Eight” (2015), which earned her her first Oscar nomination. Her on-screen son Gilchrist rose to fame as a regular in the Showtime dramedy “United States of Tara,” in which he also played a teen coming of age.
The series was created by Robia Rashid, who previously wrote for “Will & Grace,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Goldbergs.” Seth Gordon is also on board an executive producer; he has also produced “Goldbergs” and “Sneaky Pete.” “Atypical” won’t be eligible for Emmys until 2018, a long way away, but don’t forget that “Orange is the New Black” and “Stranger Things” were also summer debuts, so don’t underestimate the staying power of a high-profile Netflix project.
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