Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jay Baruchel's 'Man Seeking Woman' Goes in New Direction in Season 3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jay Baruchel's 'Man Seeking Woman' Goes in New Direction in Season 3

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'Man Seeking Woman' goes in new direction in season 3


PASADENA, Calif. - What happens when "Man Seeking Woman" finds that woman?

Viewers are finding out as the anything-can-happen comedy returns for a third season Wednesday nights on FXX Canada.

After two shot-in-Toronto seasons, Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) had faced all the horrors of single life: dating trolls, fending off penis monsters, even starring down Hitler, Santa Claus and God.

For season 3, creator and executive producer Simon Rich went to FX Networks president John Landgraf and asked permission to "completely re-imagine the show."

"Instead of focusing on blind dates and office crushes," he says, "I wanted to trace an adult relationship from its inception to the wedding day."

Baruchel, who joined Rich and his co-stars earlier this month at the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour, was fully on board.

"We had shown every possible permutation of what it is to be single," he says. "God knows there's enough material from living with somebody, so what does our show do with that?"

Rich, an American who cites the Canadian comedy "The Kids in the Hall" as one of his biggest TV influences, wanted to make half the episodes this season come from a woman's point of view. Landgraf, who is urging all his showrunners to hire female directors and writers, said go for it.

New female writers and directors, such as Stefani Robinson ("Atlanta") and Rachel Goldenberg ("Angie Tribeca") were hired. The key addition, however, would be casting Josh's new dream girl, Lucy.

"I'm not exaggerating," says Rich, "when I say we looked at thousands of people."

The role eventually went to Windsor, Ont., native Katie Findlay. The actress, who grew up in Edmonton and eventually settled in Vancouver, did not have much of a comedy resume. Her previous TV credits included season-long stints on "How to Get Away with Murder," The Killing" and "The Carrie Diaries. …

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