New fall shows such as Facebook Watch’s “Sorry for Your Loss,” Showtime’s “Kidding,” ABC’s “A Million Little Things” and even Hulu’s “The First” are hoping viewers will be looking for even more therapy onscreen. They all feature characters struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one.
There’s a catharsis we all feel to watch a character go through things. We want to cry sometimes — we want that to feel human and to feel normal — and to cry with her over her loss, you’re of course crying over your loss,” “Sorry for Your Loss” showrunner Lizzy Weiss tells Variety. “The hopefulness that you feel is that you’re still there — that you can bounce back.”
“Sorry for Your Loss,” which was created by Kit Steinkellner, centers on a young widow named Leigh (Elizabeth Olsen) who lost her husband in an “unexpected way” just three months before the show starts.
Since the show is told from Leigh’s perspective, the first few episodes are focused on seeing her put “one foot in front of the other.” The first season takes place only over the course of a few months in order to keep the emotions “raw,” she adds.
“She’s so much in that fog of loss for the first few episodes, it’s, ‘How do I get through the day? How do I move through our apartment? How do I go to class and teach? How do I interact with strangers and pretend it’s normal’?” Weiss says.
Similar to “Sorry for Your Loss” and “This Is Us,” the important deaths at the center of “A Million Little Things” and “Kidding” come as a surprise to the characters, and that unexpected upheaval in their lives sets them on a reflective, emotional path. In “A Million Little Things,” Jon (Ron Livingston) kills himself in the pilot episode, while in “Kidding,” one of Jeff’s (Jim Carrey) twin sons is killed in a car accident.