HBO’s new series Getting On deals with those who provide extended care for female patients who are, as the series title suggests, getting on. The series regulars include Laurie Metcalfe (Rosanne, The Big Bang Theory), Niecy Nash (Reno 911!, The Soul Man), Alex Borstein (Family Guy, Mad TV) and Mel Rodriguez (Running Wilde, Community).
Follow the jump to check out a series description and two clips from the premiere. Getting On debuts on HBO on Sunday, November 24 at 10pm ET.
At the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, Cal., the staff attends to the needs of female patients who are often "getting on" in years, while dealing with the challenges of a health-care bureaucracy in need of an overhaul. Even as they attempt to serve their charges under less-than-ideal circumstances, the lives of this ragtag crew are complicated by conflicting agendas, both professional and personal.
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 include Molly Shannon, Daniel Stern, Harry Dean Stanton, June Squibb and Irma P. Hall.
This new comedy series Getting On, based on the BBC series of the same name, begins its six-episode season Sunday, Nov. 24. Created for American television by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of the acclaimed HBO series "Big Love"), the show follows the daily lives of overworked nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of tending compassionately to their aging charges in a rundown, red-tape-filled hospital extended-care wing, blending outrageous humor with unexpected moments of tenderness.