Today, the network confirmed that the actor is set to star in a new comedy series entitled Breeders, one that he created alongside Simon Blackwell and also Chris Addison. The series, per the official release, “exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there.” Freeman is set to appear as a “caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was.”
Clearly, this is going to be a very different show than any that we’ve seen for Freeman to date, though this is far from the first time that we’ve seen him do comedy. That’s one of the best things about him as a performer — he’s versatile, and can easily make you crack up one moment while smashing your heart in the next.
Here is what Freeman had to say in regards to coming on board the series at the moment:
“I’m delighted to be making Breeders with a team that can make me laugh whilst we look at some of the less-discussed truths and challenges of being a parent … I really love this project and am delighted to be working with FX and [fellow producing partner] Sky.”
Meanwhile, here are some comments from the series’ other collaborators.
Blackwell – “I am very excited about making Breeders, to the point of being told to go to bed and stop showing off.”
Addison – “It’s a treat to be cooking up stuff with my old comrade Simon Blackwell and the peerless Martin Freeman. We’re very excited that FX and Sky have agreed to finance what is effectively us working through some of our own issues in the form of ten half-hour sitcom episodes. Usually you have to pay for your own therapy.”
Does any of this mean that we’re probably poised to lose Freeman on future Sherlock seasons? Don’t count on it, since there is still plenty of time for him to return to that role. This isn’t a show that would film all year. We don’t really think that this would be the obstacle that keeps that from happening in the future.
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