HBO has greenlighted a new comedy pilot called Crashing.
The single-camera comedy comes from director Judd Apatow, according to Deadline who broke the news. Apatow, who is also a comedian, currently works with HBO as an executive producer on Girls. Apatow just directed the summer romantic comedy hit Trainwreck starring comedian Amy Schumer.
Crashing will be written by Pete Holmes. Holmes is also going to star in the series that is semi-autobiographical. It will follow a sweet wholesome comedian (Pete Holmes) who has to stay on the couches of his New York comedian friends after his wife divorces him.
Apatow, Holmes and Dave Rath (Holmes’ manager) are executive producing the pilot. Filming is currently expected to begin in November.
Holmes is no stranger to joking and talking about his divorce. He has discussed it during his act and also talked about it on his podcast You Made It Weird. In the past, he has discussed how fellow comedian John Mulaney helped him through his divorce.
Apatow and Holmes have worked together before this pilot. Apatow made several appearances on Holmes’ podcast. He has also appeared in The Pete Holmes Show in a skit where the two pitch ideas and one of them is the story of Holmes’ experience with divorce and his life after. Apatow jokes that the idea doesn’t seem like a comedy but rather is a tragedy. Now the two get to bring that idea to life at HBO as a comedy.