June 13, 2024


Art Is Experience

Jason Katims on ‘As We See it’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ legacy

Creator Jason Katims is finest-known for “Friday Night time Lights” and “Parenthood.”

But he mentioned his most up-to-date drama sequence, “As We See It,” is personal. It’s based on the 2018 Israeli collection “On the Spectrum.” 

“I have a son who is on the spectrum,” Katims, 61, told The Post. “A number of a long time back, in advance of I commenced wondering about this show, he was getting a younger grownup – the age of these people in this show. And I was contemplating a whole lot about his tale and his long term. You open up the Autism Speaks site, and you see a photo of a beautiful small boy. These young ones improve up. So, for a pretty personalized reason, I was thinking about this topic make a difference. Then I noticed the Israeli show.”

“As We See It,” premiering Jan. 21 on Amazon, follows Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison (Albert Rutecki), and Violet (Sue Ann Pien), twentysomething roommates on the autism spectrum, as they attempt to continue to keep employment, day, navigate the globe and make mates  – with assistance from Violet’s brother, Van (Chris Pang), Jack’s father, Lou (Joe Mantegna) and their aide, Mandy (Sosie Bacon).

Jack (Rick Glassman, left), Violet (Sue Ann Pien, center) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki, right) stand in a row posing for photos in a living room.
Jack (Rick Glassman, still left), Violet (Sue Ann Pien, heart) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki, ideal) are 3 roommates on the autism spectrum navigating daily life in their twenties.
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Laptop whiz Jack struggles to be well mannered when he feels that other persons aren’t up to his amount of intelligence, which triggers problems in the publishing property wherever he will work. Harrison, who is addicted to Tv, struggles to go away the apartment, confused with stimuli when he techniques outside. Violet’s intensive want to day leads to some unwell-fated flirting in the rapidly foodstuff location the place she will work, and her more mature brother restricts her obtain to dating apps on her cellphone. 

Violet (Sue Ann Pien) stands in a room holding a phone looking serious.
Violet (Sue Ann Pien) needs to date on “As We See It” but her brother doesn’t want her accessing courting applications on her mobile phone.
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None of the characters are instantly based mostly on Katims’  23-calendar year-previous son, Sawyer, he said. 

“One of the issues that has served me to write the demonstrate is that it is not autobiographical. So, I really do not have to stress about, ‘Can I tell that tale, should really I not, it is not mine to explain to?’ I really do not have to worry about my son’s privateness or any person else’s,” he reported. “I am of course drawing from my encounter and the men and women I know on the spectrum – not just my son. It is been a lengthy time now that I have been shut to this subject matter make a difference.” 

Violet (Sue Ann Pien), Jack (Rick Glassman) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki) stand in a circle holding drinks on "As We See It."
Roommates Violet (Sue Ann Pien), Jack (Rick Glassman) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki) share drinks on “As We See It.”
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His son has not viewed “As We See it” nonetheless, he mentioned. 

“The amusing issue about my son – he does not like watching my demonstrates. Sawyer is the largest football fan in the earth, and I cannot get him to look at ‘Friday Evening Lights.’ He’s like, ‘I can check out serious football.’ So I will test to get him to watch [‘As We See It’], and we’ll see what comes about.”

Jasom Katims holds an Emmy
Jason Katims won a Emmy in 2011 for Fantastic Composing for a Drama Collection for “Friday Evening Lights.”

Talking of “Friday Night Lights,” which ran on NBC from 2006-2011, Katims said that it’s tough for him to replicate on it from a length.

Jeremy Sumpter as J.D. McCoy, Michael B. Jordan as Vince Howard (center), Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke (right) stand outside in a line wearing football uniforms on "Friday Night Lights."
Jeremy Sumpter as J.D. McCoy, Michael B. Jordan as Vince Howard (centre), Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke (suitable) on “Friday Evening Lights.”
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“To me, ‘Friday Evening Lights,’ was such a seminal part of my vocation and my daily life. I know a whole lot of time has absent by now, but it doesn’t come to feel that way to me,” he stated. “Those figures feel so close to my coronary heart that I never truly seem at it with the standpoint that possibly I should be searching at it with, simply because it does not truly feel that far absent from me.

“On the other hand, I’m reminded of the time that is handed when I put on my Tv and I see Jesse Plemons and Connie [Britton] and Michael B. Jordan and Kyle [Chandler]. When I see these people today whose professions have just exploded in this incredible way, it presents me these pleasure to see their journeys given that ‘Friday Night time Lights.’

“I come to feel very happy that I experienced the chance to function with them on a display that I know was as significant to them as it was to me.”