Published On: Wed, Nov 5th, 2014

‘Getting On’ returns to HBO for a second season

Premiering November 9th in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States, the series takes a look at the dysfunctional staff of a struggling hospital

getting_onMIAMI – HBO announced the season two premiere of the original comedy series Getting On on November 9th in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States. From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of the acclaimed HBO series “Big Love”), the critically-acclaimed show blends outrageous humor with unexpected moments of tenderness, following the daily lives of nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system, skewering the petty bureaucracies of modern medical practice in America.

The staff at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, Cal., attempts to serve their charges under less-than-ideal circumstances, further complicated by conflicting agendas, both professional and personal. In the season one finale, Phyllis (Molly Shannon), the daughter of an ailing patient, gets the travel runaround as her mother’s condition worsens, improves, and worsens again. After criticizing a proposal to add men to the ward, Jenna tries to leverage her Cleveland opportunity into concessions from Dr. Stickley, and Patsy bonds with fellow downtrodden male nurses while assessing his relationship with Dawn. DiDi’s patience wears thin after a debt remains unpaid, and the staff points fingers at each other after an equipment malfunction injures an irascible patient.

Season two of Getting On finds Dr. James on a research binge, measuring anal-genital distances of her geriatric population, as well as of lab rats, while promoting the ward’s hospice program to bring in extra cash. Facing new responsibilities and added stress, Nurse Didi wants a raise, which ultimately sweeps her up into Dr. James’ mad, mad research world. Nurse Dawn is spinning ever onward toward being the best not-so-good nurse in the history of television as she continues to try and bag co-worker Patsy. Meanwhile, Patsy has a new lean, green program to save money and make the ward more energy-efficient, which is driving everyone crazy.

Cast regulars include Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James, who once hoped to become a medical-research star, but has instead been sentenced to purgatory at the facility; Alex Borstein as Nurse Dawn, whose personal shortcomings and obsession with finding a boyfriend undermine her need to excel in her job; Niecy Nash as Nurse DiDi, whose easy rapport with patients should be an example to her superiors, but isn’t; and Mel Rodriguez as Patsy De La Serda, a reform-minded supervising nurse of ambiguous sexuality. Guest stars in the second season include Betty Buckley, Jayma Mays, Carrie Preston (HBO’s “True Blood”), Alia Shawkat and Jean Smart.

Based on the BBC series of the same name, Getting On is executive produced by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer under their Anima Sola Productions Banner, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner of BBC Worldwide Productions, and Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine; co-executive producers, Lisa Bellomo and Courtney Conte; producer, Chrisann Verges.

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