Nathan Fielder has presented audiences with awkward, uncomfortable, cringe-filled comedy since the debut of his initial show, Nathan For You. The series premiered in 2013 and ran for four seasons before its climatic conclusion in 2017. However, Fielder wasn’t done quite yet. Earlier this year, HBO debuted the comedian’s new show, The Rehearsal.
In the documentary-style series, Fielder gives people a chance to rehearse for their own lives, with scenarios created down to the most minute detail to get the most accurate simulation possible. According to Deadline, HBO just renewed the series for a second season ahead of the Season 1 finale releasing Aug. 19.
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‘Nathan has sparked such a lively conversation with The Rehearsal.’ Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO programming, said. ‘We have no idea where season two will take us, and that is the delight of this boundary-pushing show from a truly singular talent.’ Fielder stars, directs, writes, and produces the series, making him the man behind the entire production of The Rehearsal.
Up next for Fielder is The Curse for Showtime, starring Emma Stone. The project comes from the Safdie Brothers, spoofing HGTV shows. The official description reads: ‘The Curse is a genre-bending scripted comedy that explores how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple (Fielder & Stone) as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problematic new HGTV show.’ Like Nathan For You and The Rehearsal, The Curse should find a home for audiences who love Fielders’ outlandish comedy.
The Rehearsal is Genuinely Original
Although the series is similar to Nathan For You in that they both attempt to help real people through real problems, The Rehearsal takes everything from his previous show up a notch. In the first episode, Fielder attempts to help a Brooklyn-based trivia aficionado come clean about a lie to his trivia-night partners. Of course, the ridiculousness of the episode and series is immediately displayed, with Fielder creating an entire replica of the bar the man plays trivia at and populating the set with actors to reproduce the feeling of being in the scenario.
From here, The Rehearsal only becomes more convoluted. The rest of the show primarily centers on one rehearsal, a woman attempting to recreate raising a child to prepare for eventually having one of her own. After that, the series goes in several directions, with MovieWeb calling The Rehearsal ‘uncomfortably funny,’ saying the series ‘works splendidly right off the bat.’
Fans can watch the series finale of HBO’s The Rehearsal tonight, Aug. 19, and patiently wait for Nathan Fielder to return with what is sure to be an excellent, awkward Season 2.