TORONTO, CANADA. FXX's new series "Man Seeking Woman" is a 2015 romantic-comedy with a very specific voice.
Not to spoil too much, but it's the story of Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel), a young Chicagoan who faces single life after he breaks up with long-time girlfriend Maggie (Maya Erskine) and discovers that returning to the dating pool is absurd, surreal, whimsical and occasionally sad.
The main voice behind "Man Seeking Woman" comes very clearly from Simon Rich, whose listed age is 30.
The son of prolific writer Frank Rich, Simon Rich has the resume of a much, much older man. He was a staff writer on "Saturday Night Live" for four years, one of the youngest ever. He's been a regular contributor to the New Yorker, a staff writer at Pixar and the author of the novels "Elliot Allagash" and "What in God's Name," plus four collections of short stories including "The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories," which is the basis for "Man Seeking Woman."
I was on the Toronto set of "Man Seeking Woman" in November and it was striking to watch Rich at work. If he's 30 with the resume of a 50-year-old, he could pass for 20, a snazzily dressed 20, bouncing around the hockey arena location bouncing ideas off of Baruchel and other writers and producers, checking back and forth between dailies from that morning's shoot, as well as cuts of past episodes.
Between shots, as a zamboni circled the ice, I was able to sit down with Rich in a chilly hallway to discuss the flights of fancy that define "Man Seeking Woman," as well as the importance of Jay Baruchel to the entire series, which premieres on January 14.
If you want to go into "Man Seeking Woman" knowing nothing, you may want to skip this interview until after the premiere.
Otherwise, check out the full conversation below...