Disney’s FX has ordered a new limited series based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s New York Times bestselling debut novel “Fleishman Is in Trouble”. The series will consist of 9 episodes and will be available on Hulu in the United States and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.
Fleishman Is in Trouble tells the story of Toby Fleishman who is a recently separated forty-something Toby Fleishman, who dives into the brave new world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had dating in his youth, before he got married at the tail-end of medical school. But just at the start of his first summer of sexual freedom, his ex-wife, Rachel, disappears, leaving him with the kids and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. As he balances parenting, the return of old friends, a promotion at the hospital that is a long time coming, and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer, he realizes that he’ll never be able to figure out what happened to Rachel until he can take a more honest look at what happened to their marriage in the first place.
The book’s author Taffy Brodesser-Akner is writing the series and will also be an executive producer along with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Susannah Grant.
Sarah Timberman said in a statement:
“Fleishman is in Trouble offers an unsparing, modern take on life, love and commitment in Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s terrific debut novel and we are thrilled that she is adapting it as a limited series for FX. Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Susannah Grant join Taffy on the creative team that will work with ABC Signature to capture the energy and edge of this story.”
With Taffy Brodesser-Akner adding:
“I’m thrilled to be extending Fleishman’s life onto the screen with such smart, thoughtful and courageous partners. When I was writing this book, my aim was to resolve for myself the mystifying dynamics and politics of marriage and middle age. Writing the book didn’t help much, so I’m hoping that making this show does the trick.”
Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Signature said in a statement:
“Lisa, Tracy and I fell in love with Taffy’s searing novel and were ecstatic she chose us and our partners at FX as her home. Along with Sarah, Carl and Susannah, we can’t wait for Taffy’s vision for the series to deliver equal water cooler addiction that her book garnered upon debut.”
ABC Signature Studios is creating the show, following winning the rights to the novel in a bidding war in 2019.
Are you looking forward to “Fleishman Is in Trouble”?