Airdate: Getting On (US)

Showcase will screen the US adaptation of Getting On, now set at the female-geriatric wing of a beleaguered California hospital.

2013-11-13_1332Showcase will screen the US adaptation of Getting On, the UK satire set in a public hospital which originally starred Jo Brand.

The US version comes from the creators of Big Love, and is set at the female-geriatric wing of a beleaguered California hospital. The cast includes Niecy Nash, Alex Borstein, Mel Rodriquez and Laurie Metcalf.

Set in a women’s extended-care unit of a Long Beach hospital, Getting On follows the daily lives of a ragtag staff assigned to care for elderly patients who are, well, getting on.

Nurse DiDi (Niecy Nash) is the no-nonsense newbie who spends her first day on the job being reprimanded for cleaning up unidentified faeces left in the lounge. Unit veteran Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein) is tasked with training DiDi, but winds up obsessing over a budding relationship with male Supervising Nurse Patsy (Mel Rodriguez) – a new hire who tries to implement a Disney-inspired, customer-centric work culture, while fending off questions about his sexual orientation.

Disgruntled Dr Jenna James (Laurie Metcalf), appointed director of the ward thanks to a meltdown at the hospital proper, continues her above-it-all temper tantrums despite being given a fresh start. Dr James and Patsy butt heads along the way, particularly when Patsy’s surveys reveal the whole lot of them are underperforming in this rundown, red-tape-filled hospital off-shoot.

Among the recurring cast members are Molly Shannon (Emmy® nominated for Enlightened, Saturday Night Live), Joel Johnstone (The Newsroom) and Mark Harelik (Jurassic Park III).

Getting On is adapted from the BBC series of the same name starring Jo Brand, which aired from 2009-12 and was named best television show of 2010 by UK’s The Telegraph.

Executive producers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine.

Express from the US, starts Monday, November 25 at 7.00pm and 10.30pm primetime AEDT on showcase.

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