Work in Progress (TV series)

Work in Progress is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Showtime that premiered on December 8, 2019.[2][3] The series was created by Abby McEnany and Tim Mason, written and executive produced by McEnany, Mason, and Lilly Wachowski, and directed by Mason. Work in Progress stars McEnany in a semi-autobiographical role alongside Karin Anglin, Celeste Pechous, Julia Sweeney (as a fictionalized version of herself), and Theo Germaine. The entire series was written, filmed, and post-produced in Chicago.

Work in Progress
Work in Progress poster.png
Official release poster
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
ComposerEthan Stoller
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes15 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Abby McEnany
  • Tim Mason
  • Lisa Masseur (pilot)
  • Lilly Wachowski
  • Lawrence Mattis
  • Josh Adler
  • Ashley Berns
  • Julia Sweeney
  • Tony Hernandez
Producers
  • Mckenzi Cohen (pilot)
  • Brian McNeely (pilot)
  • Jacqueline "JJ" Ingram (pilot)
  • John Skidmore
Production locationChicago
CinematographyMichael Ognisanti
Editors
  • Mike Berg
  • Joseph Jett Sally
Camera setupSingle-camera[1]
Running time23–30 minutes
Production companies
  • Tessa Films (pilot)
  • Monday
  • Squirrel Soup
  • Circle of Confusion
  • Jax Media
DistributorShowtime Networks
Release
Original networkShowtime
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 (Surround)
Original releaseDecember 8, 2019 (2019-12-08) –
present (present)
External links
Website

The first season of Work in Progress, consisting of eight episodes, premiered on Showtime on December 8, 2019, and has received positive critical reception.

On January 13, 2020, Showtime renewed the series for a 10-episode second season, to be filmed in Chicago later in the year.[4] The second season premiered on August 22, 2021.[5]

SynopsisEdit

A self-identified "fat, queer dyke" enters into a transformative relationship during a time of crisis.

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

  • Gerard Neugent as Mike, Alison's husband.
  • Echaka Agba as Melanie, Abby's ex.
  • Armand Fields as King, Chris's friend and co-worker.
  • Mary Sohn as Susan, Abby's boss

Special guestsEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18December 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)January 26, 2020 (2020-01-26)
210[8]August 22, 2021 (2021-08-22)October 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)[8]

Season 1 (2019-20)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [8]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [8]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"180 Almonds"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim MasonDecember 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)0.134[9]
22"176, 172, 171"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim Mason & Lilly WachowskiDecember 15, 2019 (2019-12-15)0.131[10]
33"162"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim Mason & Lilly WachowskiDecember 22, 2019 (2019-12-22)0.067[11]
44"161, 153, 137, 122, 106, 104, 102 (We're Still Counting Almonds.)"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim Mason & Lilly WachowskiDecember 29, 2019 (2019-12-29)0.094[12]
55"66, 65, 64, 62"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim Mason & Lilly WachowskiJanuary 5, 2020 (2020-01-05)0.110[13]
66"15, 14 (pt. 1)"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim Mason & Lilly WachowskiJanuary 12, 2020 (2020-01-12)0.085[14]
77"14 (pt. 2), 12, 11, 10"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim Mason & Lilly WachowskiJanuary 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)0.100[15]
88"3, 2, 1"Tim MasonAbby McEnany & Tim Mason & Lilly WachowskiJanuary 26, 2020 (2020-01-26)0.083[16]

Season 2 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [8]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [8]U.S. viewers
(millions)
91"Life Got In The Way"Blythe HaagaLilly Wachowski & Abby McEnanyAugust 22, 2021 (2021-08-22)0.067[17]
102"Everything’s Fine, Everything’s Okay"Thembi BanksAmanda Blake DavisAugust 22, 2021 (2021-08-22)0.057[17]
113"Two Queens On Two Queens"Thembi BanksBrendan DowlingAugust 29, 2021 (2021-08-29)0.067[18]
124"Apologies And Their Fluctuating Nature"Kris ReySamantha IrbyAugust 29, 2021 (2021-08-29)0.072[18]
135"Take Your Child To Work Day"Kris ReyKate James & Sarah Halle CoreySeptember 5, 2021 (2021-09-05)0.033[19]
146"Eleanor Roosevelt"Mickey R. MahoneyAbby McEnany & Tien TranSeptember 12, 2021 (2021-09-12)0.045[20]
157"Oh Say Can You See"Lilly WachowskiKate JamesSeptember 19, 2021 (2021-09-19)0.064[21]
168"FTP"Yance FordSamantha Irby & Lilly WachowskiSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)0.057[22]
179"Hey, Dad"Yance FordLilly Wachowski & Abby McEnanyOctober 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)0.062[23]
1810"I Release You"Lilly WachowskiLilly Wachowski & Abby McEnanyOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)0.066[24]

ProductionEdit

According to Germaine, Lilly Wachowski was frequently on the set as an advisor and helped direct the sex scene of the third episode among others.[25]

Michael Ognisanti served as the series cinematographer. Because the series is inspired by McEnany's life, the challenge for Ognisanti was to capture the authenticity of the story in the look of the show. For this reason, filming took place in real locations, mostly night interiors, and for lighting they used practical light sources augmented with small LEDs, to avoid making it look artificial. Because of the improvisational style of acting, Ognisanti used two Arri Alexa Mini cameras, for a higher chance to capture unscripted moments that could not be recreated after the fact. The cameras were fitted with Zeiss Super Speed lenses. Ognisanti storyboarded the whole series based on input by Mason in Cinema 4D before they went to shoot on location.[26]

Inspired by her participation in Netflix's Disclosure, Executive Producer Lilly Wachowski made an emphatic push for trans representation throughout the cast and crew including the soundtrack.[27] Transgender musicians in the show's soundtrack include Backxwash,[28] Quay Dash,[29] Sateen,[30] SuperKnova,[31][32] and Mel Stone.[33]

ReceptionEdit

Critical reception of Work in Progress has been mostly positive. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator website, reported a 100% critical approval rating with an average rating of 8.00/10 based on 28 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "As radically hilarious as it is relatably uncomfortable, Work in Progress is a stunning debut from co-creator and star Abby McEnany."[34] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the season is assigned a score of 78 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[35]

ReferencesEdit

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