The Spectrum: Amazon orders coming-of-age drama from Jason Katims
Staff Reporter | On 20, Jun 2020Reading time: 1 mins
Amazon Studios has ordered a new coming-of-age series from Jason Katims.
Picked up from the pilot, released as The Spectrum, the series is created by the Emmy Award-winning writer and executive producer of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights fame. The series follows three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum, striving for the same things that we all desire: to geta job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them.
Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki, who each identify as living on the autism spectrum, will star, alongside Sosie Bacon, Chris Pang and Joe Mantegna.
“Having a 23-year-old son on the spectrum, it is deeply personal for me to get to tell this unique story of what it’s like to come of age as someone with autism,” says Katims. “I’m grateful to Jen Salke, Vernon Sanders and the entire Amazon team who share my passion for this project, and who are incredibly supportive creative partners.”
“Jason Katims is exceptional at creating beautiful and relatable stories about deeply authentic characters, and this new series continues in that tradition,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “This series is honest, touching and incredibly entertaining, with casting that delivers aunique and genuine perspective on universal themes that we know our global Amazon Prime Video customers will love.”
The untitled Jason Katims project is from Amazon Studios and Universal Television. Katims serves as writer and executive producer, with Jeni Mulein and Danna Stern also executive producing.