|Emmys: ‘Catastrophe’ poised for season 3 breakthrough like ‘Louie’ Jun 1st 2017, 18:30, by Paul Sheehan
The acclaimed third season of the British comedy series “Catastrophe,” which airs stateside on Amazon, merits a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and an equally impressive 96 at MetaCritic. Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, who created the show, star as an American businessman and an Irish schoolteacher who make a go of it in London after she gets pregnant. The late Carrie Fisher steals scenes as Delaney’s tart-tongued mother Mia.
The chemistry between Horgan and Delaney has been key to the success of “Catastrophe.” Their refreshingly relatable observations about the highs and lows of relationships and parenthood won them a BAFTA last spring and earned them an Emmy bid for Best Comedy Writing last fall; they were edged out by “Master of None.”
Buoyed by the rave reviews for its third season, “Catastrophe” could well break through in the Comedy Series category at the upcoming Emmys. It is similar in tone to “Louie,” which also had to wait till its third season for recognition in this top race. As with “Catastrophe,” “Louie” was the brainchild of its star. Louis C.K reaped Emmy nominations for writing seasons one and two of “Louie” before contending for Comedy Series.
Delaney and Horgan have written every episode of “Catastrophe.” Season one saw their whirlwind week-long fling lead to an unexpected pregnancy, with Rob relocating to London and the two eventually falling in love. The second six-episode outing, which debuted on Amazon last April, saw the action leap ahead a few years, as Rob and Sharon were married, coping with the highs and lows of new parenthood. Season three kicks off immediately after the jaw-dropping events of the second season finale, in which Sharon got drunk and had sex with a stranger and Rob discovered she had bought the morning after pill. The storyline plays out over six episodes that culminate in a cliffhanger finale.
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