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Welcome to Flatch

  • 16-03-2022 1:20am
    Registered Users Posts: 78,528 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1

    Fox hopes to greet a big audience with its new small-town docu-comedy “Welcome to Flatch” when the Paul Feig and Jenny Bicks-produced show launches later this week. But if “Flatch” doesn’t bring in the viewers with its linear premiere on Thursday at 9:30 p.m., Fox execs won’t be talking about cutting the mockumentary from the network’s midseason lineup Friday morning.

    That’s because the broadcast network is launching the first half of the 14-episode Season 1 via Hulu and other digital platforms at midnight on Thursday, and promises it’s not going to be giving much weight to “Welcome to Flatch’s” Live + Same Day Nielsen ratings over those first seven weeks of airing, when the episodes will all be available for streaming well before they rollout weekly on Fox

    “Welcome to Flatch” is told through the lens of a documentary crew exploring the lives of residents of the midwestern town of Flatch. The crew finds worthy subjects in young-adult cousins and best friends Kelly Mallet (Holmes, a newcomer actor who goes by that single name) and Lloyd “Shrub” Mallet (Sam Straley) who let the production in on their lives and local current events. The rest of the key players in Flatch include Joesph “Father Joe” Binghoffer (Seann William Scott), the local minister who tries to guide Kelly and Shrub, and his former girlfriend, Cheryl Peterson (Aya Cash), who is the editor of the local newspaper, the Flatch Patriot, as well as Shrub’s obsessive friend Mickey St. Jean (newcomer Justin Linville), Kelly’s frenemy and the head of the Flatsch Historical Society, Nadine Garcia-Parney (Taylor Ortega), and Mandy Matthews (newcomer Krystal Smith) the town’s resident badass and entrepreneur.

    “With ‘Flatch,’ there’s a really specific tone and sensibility through the point of view of two self-centered, narcissistic characters who are very atypical in their age for a broadcast comedy,” Thorn said.

    Bicks created “Welcome to Flatch” based on the BBC series “This Country” and executive produces it alongside Feig, who directs and wrote two of the episodes of the show from Lionsgate, BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, Fox Entertainment and Feigco Entertainment. Bicks sees “Flatch’s” mockumentary humor and British comedic roots as something that will be enjoyed by fans of “The Office,” which counted Feig among its producers, and “Parks and Rec.”