Hulu announced a 10-episode straight-to-series order for “Casual,” a half-hour comedy series from Lionsgate Television to be exec produced by director Jason Reitman. Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”) is set to direct the pilot.Series follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister who together coach each other through the world of dating while living under the same roof again and raising a teenager.The show marks Reitman's first foray into television.What drew him to the project was "the voice.""At the end of the day, I think that's what draws me to anything," says Reitman, who got an Oscar nomination for directing "Juno" and three more for "Up in the Air."Lehmann admits the sibling relationship in the series was inspired by his close bond with his own sister."She's one of my closest friends," he says.
Together, they coach each other through the world of dating while raising her teenage daughter. Very minor marks and scuffs that you might expect from an Ex-Library item, it has small circular ID stickers on each of the two discs. Jason Reitman, known for his films UP IN THE AIR, MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN, LABOR DAY, YOUNG ADULT and episodes of THE OFFICE.
It's well-made by director Jason Reitman (age 36) and his cowriter Erin Cressida Wilson (50) from the novel by Chad Kultgen (38), but it kind of misses the point that this is the future of human interaction.
So younger (or more switched-on) viewers won't buy the cautionary message.
Meanwhile, Patricia (Jennifer Garner) is desperate to control how her daughter Brandy (Kaitkyn Dever) uses small-screens, especially worried about her growing friendship with Tim (Ansel Elgort), whose father (Dean Norris) is annoyed that he has quit the school football team.
Oddly, the film seems to adopt the adults' fears as its central tone: the internet and mobile phone communications are potentially dangerous, addictive and isolating.