Showtime saves 'Uncoupled' from it's broken relationship with Netflix

So Netflix doesn't want 'Uncoupled' anymore... what now?

Rebecca Sykes
27th February 2023
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After landing on Netflix in July 2022, the initial lack of news from the streaming service about the Neil Patrick Harris led romantic comedy TV drama, was, in itself, bad news. It seemed like Uncoupled would only ever get one season, especially when Netflix finally announced the cancellation in January 2023.

Uncoupled begins with Michael Lawson (Neil Patrick Harris) being dumped by his partner of 17 years, Colin McKenna (Tuc Watkins). From here, Michael discovers the changes within the gay dating scene (since he’s last been single), attempts to work out why Colin left him, and date a range of new men from Josh Gibson (Peter Porte), the dermatologist, to Paolo (Gilles Marini), an Italian businessman.

The supporting cast are wonderful. Marcia Gay Harden who played the divorcee that hires Michael to sell her house, Claire Lewis, was nominated for her role in the recent Critics Choice Awards. Three absolute scene stealers; Suzanne Prentiss (Tisha Campbell), Michael’s friend and business partner in the world of New York City real estate, and his two closest friends Billy Burns (Emerson Brooks), a TV weatherman, and Stanley James (Brooks Ashmanskas), an art dealer, round out the main cast.

Created by Emily in Paris (2020-) creator Darren Starr and Modern Family (2009-2020) producer Jeffrey Richman, it's based on a sweet and unique enough concept that the show should have been a roaring success. (As a sidenote, both being ‘Mr Real Estate’ is really the only connection Michael has with Phil Dunphy). Yet, Uncoupled was more of a subtle success with far less noise than their previous works and it seemed firmly within the 3 out of 5 stars, although it was nominated at The Queerties 2023 for TV Comedy.

Yet, as of February 2023, Showtime renewed Uncoupled for Series 2 (and possibly more). It’s expected to be edgier and racier than Netflix’s version and belongs to Showtime’s new content lane, “Metro Cultures”. It’s unknown when Series 2 will premier or how to watch it in the UK, but don’t expect it too soon as dates for productions are still to be announced.

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