FX's new comedy series Better Things premieres this Thursday, 8 September at 10pm EST. The pilot episode is titled Sam, which features Pamela Adlon as a divorced actress, Sam Fox, who is raising her three daughters by herself.
Adlon serves as Executive Producer alongside Louis C.K., Blair Breard, Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment. Adlon in an interview with AV Club revealed that the show was based on her life.
She said, "My life. It was easy for me to come up with ideas for Louie. I could pitch ideas to him all day long. Louie was the one who promoted me to [president of FX] John Landgraf when Landgraf said that he wanted to do a, you know, woman's show. And Louie said, "Pamela," and he told me, and I was like, "Are you fucking crazy? I can't do that. I don't have time to do that." I was doing Californication at the time, I was doing Louie, and I was raising my daughters. So then we started talking about concepts for my show, and then finally it was time to start writing, and then we gave each other an assignment."
The Louie actress explained,"A way that I like to do things is give an assignment but make it fun, or play a game and it gets me into the thing. So I said, "You write something, and I write something, and at the end of the day, we'll call each other. We'll read it to each other." Which is how we get a lot of writing done. So Louie wrote a scene of me being at the park and coming home from a soccer game and there's a kid in the car who nobody knows. And I wrote a scene with a girls' night out with all my lady friends and then doing some stuff and that was totally the show. And he's like, "This is the voice of your show."