Showtime has a history of greenlighting small-scale series and Work in Progress is the latest one. Can it find a large audience and draw big ratings? Does it need to? Will Work in Progress be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A single comedy series on Showtime, Work in Progress stars Abby McEnany, Karin Anglin, Celeste Pechous, and Julia Sweeney. Abby McEnany (as a fictionalized version of herself) is a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. A finely-crafted cocktail of depression, OCD, queerness, and anxiety, Abby’s life is in a quiet and perpetual crisis, despite her ability to charm those around her with her self-deprecating and endearing personality. When her confident, suburban sister Alison (Anglin) determinedly sets her up with Chris (Theo Germaine), a younger, sexually explorative trans man, things start to radically shift in Abby’s mind in terms of her self-identity and self-worth. This allows her to rethink her choices and even confront actress Julia Sweeney (Sweeney), the woman who “ruined her life”. With the help of her acerbic best friend, Campbell (Pechous), Abby attempts to navigate her way through modern-day dating, therapy mishaps, rude co-workers, and more.
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What do you think? Do you like the Work in Progress TV series on Showtime? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
*1/13/20 update: Showtime has renewed Work in Progress for a second season.