Forever (2018 TV series)

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Forever
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) Daniel Hart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Alan Yang
  • Matt Hubbard
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Fred Armisen
  • Dave Becky
  • Tim Sarkes
Producer(s) Ted Gidlow
Cinematography Mark Schwartzbard
Editor(s)
  • Daniel Haworth
  • Dan Schalk
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25–35 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network Amazon Video
Original release September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Forever is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard that premiered on September 14, 2018 on Amazon Video. It stars Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, both of whom also executive produce alongside Yang, Hubbard, Dave Becky, and Tim Sarkes.

Premise[edit]

Forever follows married couple Oscar and June who "live a comfortable but predictable life in suburban Riverside, CA. For 12 years they’ve had the same conversations, eaten the same meals and taken pleasant vacations at the same rented lake house. But after June talks Oscar into shaking things up with a ski trip, the pair find themselves in completely unfamiliar territory."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Fred Armisen as Oscar Hoffman, a dentist and June's husband who dies after striking a tree while skiing. Content with living with an average and uneventful existence, he does not realize how restless his wife has become in regard to their day to day life.
  • Maya Rudolph as June Hoffman, an employee of a timeshare company and Oscar's wife who dies while choking on a macadamia nut. While in the afterlife, June realizes how unhappy she had been in her marriage and decides to seek something else.

Recurring[edit]

  • Catherine Keener as Kase, a former government employee that moves into Riverside after being hit by truck. Severely dissatisfied with her previous life, she sees the afterlife as a potential new start.
  • Noah Robbins as Mark Erickson, a teenage boy who died in a car accident in the 1970s that lives in Riverside. He befriends Oscar and helps him navigate the afterlife.
  • Sharon Omi as Mrs. Nakajima, an elderly woman that lives in Riverside who attempts to comfort Oscar after June leaves him.
  • Kym Whitley as Sharon, a friend of June's who attempts to help her move on after Oscar's death.
  • Charles Emmett as Jim, a man who lives in Riverside who is constantly seen mowing his lawn.
  • Cooper Friedman as Josiah, a young boy who lives in Riverside that has apparently been dead the longest and knows the most about the afterlife.
  • Peter Weller as The Traveler, a mysterious man that leads others to Oceanside and prevent others from leaving.
  • Julia Ormond as Marisol, a woman that lives at Oceanside.
  • Obba Babatundé as Gregory, a man that lives at Oceanside.

Guest[edit]

  • Amir Korangy as Dr. Mohammed ("Together Forever"), a fellow dentist that works with Oscar.
  • Patricia Belcher as Ellen ("June"), an employee at the timeshare company who offers June the position she wants in Hawaii.
  • Rheagan Wallace as Isabella ("June"), a clothing store employee who assists June in buying a new wardrobe for her move to Hawaii.
  • Elizabeth Ho as Melanie Park ("The Lake House"), a woman who buys the lake house Oscar and June go to every year.
  • Nancy Lenehan as Heather Jacoby ("Another Place"), a woman whom Mark knew in high school who died many years later. He endeavors to start a relationship with her until she reveals that she is waiting for the arrival of her husband of forty years.
  • Hong Chau as Sarah ("Andre and Sarah"), a real estate agent, attempting to sell a house near Riverside, engaged in an ongoing affair.
  • Jason Mitchell as Andre ("Andre and Sarah"), a real estate agent, attempting to sell a house near Riverside, engaged in an ongoing affair.
  • Jesse D. Goins as 60 Year Old Andre ("Andre and Sarah"), an older Andre that goes back to the house that he and Sarah attempted to sell over the years in order to see her again. He is distraught when informed that she has recently passed away.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Together Forever"Alan YangAlan Yang & Matt HubbardSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
2"June"Alan YangStory by : Matt Murray
Teleplay by : Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
3"The Lake House"Janicza BravoStory by : Joe Mande
Teleplay by : Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
4"Kase"Janicza BravoStory by : Jen Statsky
Teleplay by : Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
5"Another Place"Miguel ArtetaStory by : Aniz Adam Ansari
Teleplay by : Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
6"Andre and Sarah"Alan YangAlan Yang & Colleen McGuinnessSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
7"Oceanside"Miguel ArtetaStory by : Ali Gusberg
Teleplay by : Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
8"Goodbye Forever"Alan YangAlan Yang & Matt HubbardSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)

Production[edit]

Promotional poster.

Development[edit]

On September 8, 2017, it was announced that Amazon had given the production a straight-to-series order consisting of one season. The series was created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard who are set to executive produce the series alongside Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Dave Becky, and Tim Sarkes. Production companies expected to be involved with the series included Universal Television.[2][3][4] On December 21, 2017, it was reported that the series was expected to debut in 2018.[5] On August 2, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on September 14, 2018.[1]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Armisen and Rudolph were cast in the series' lead roles.[6][7] On December 1, 2017, it was announced that Catherine Keener had joined the series in a recurring role.[8]

Release[edit]

On August 2, 2018, the first trailer and poster for the series were released.[1]

Reception[edit]

The series has been met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 94% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.61 out of 10 based on 35 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Forever is a gently harrowing and mirthful dive into the ennui of matrimony, elevated by Maya Rudolph's dazzling turn of not-so-quiet desperation."[9] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 77 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pederson, Erik (August 2, 2018). "'Forever' Trailer: Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, A Ski Trip & A Changed Life In Amazon Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 9, 2017). "Amazon Orders Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Comedy & Wong Kar-wai Drama Series; Greg Daniels, Bays-Thomas Pilots". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Holloway, Daniel; Littleton, Cynthia (September 9, 2017). "Amazon Orders Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Comedy, Wong Kar-wai Drama, 3 Other Projects (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Ivie, Devon (September 9, 2017). "Why Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's New Show Might Become the Funniest on TV". Vulture. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Evans, Greg (December 21, 2017). "Amazon Prime Unveils 2018 Original Program Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Lawrence, Derek (September 8, 2017). "Amazon Gives Series Order to Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen Comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (September 9, 2017). "Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph Comedy Gets Series Order at Amazon". TVLine. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2017). "Catherine Keener Joins Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Amazon Comedy Series As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Forever: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Forever: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 21, 2018.

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