Single Drunk Female 2022 Tv Series – Funny Series

Single Drunk Female 2022 Tv Series – Funny Series

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Before turning 30, Simone Finch had already been an alcoholic, catapulted her career as a showrunner’s assistant on the hit show “Madam Secretary” and got sober after checking into Alcoholics Anonymous. Her experiences, including a particularly regrettable night of dancing on a bar alone to Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever,” could likely fill up several bestselling page-turners. But instead, Finch used some of her journey as inspiration as the showrunner-creator for the genuinely fresh and heartfelt new Freeform dramedy, “Single Drunk Female.”

You might wonder how this type of story wound up on a network that largely serves an adolescent audience. Its placement left even Finch a bit uneasy. But she more than understands that alcoholism, and the process of becoming sober at the crux of the series, is not something only adults experience.

“I started drinking at 15, and that’s not even the youngest,” she told HuffPost. “There are people that started much earlier than that. And I had time to really develop my alcoholism.”

That experience is felt within the first few episodes of “Single Drunk Female.” When we first meet Samantha (Sofia Black-D’Elia), she is drunk and yelling at her editor right before she’s effectively fired from her job as a journalist. Out of options, she’s forced to move back home with her mother (the inimitable Ally Sheedy) in Massachusetts and start the process of finally getting sober.

But that last part, Samantha learns, involves confronting some of her darkest moments as well as the relationships in her life that may or may not be reparable. That includes her former best friend (Sasha Compère) who is now engaged to her ex; her ride-or-die (Lily Mae Harrington) who is missing her drinking partner; and her mom, who is already struggling to move through her own traumas as a widow.

Though it firmly sits in between the comedic and dramatic spaces, the show is sometimes wrenching to watch as an audience member. But, for Finch, the storyline is downright visceral.

“There’s certain other aspects of it — especially with the mom character, talking about the father — all that stuff comes from a real place,” she said. “So, I cried on set a couple times, honestly.”

In this interview, Finch talks about writing from such a personal space, casting the right actors to tell her story, and her long yet determined road to “Single Drunk Female.”

I’m kind of shocked that a show about exploring the sobriety of a young woman is on Freeform, which generally caters to a younger demographic. Were you targeting this viewership?

Honestly, I wasn’t sure where this would live at first when I wrote it. It was an hour long and then we turned it into a half hour. So, that was one of the things that I did with Jenni [Konner, executive producer] overseeing the whole process. She was incredibly helpful. And I think the irony is at first, I was fearful. I’ll be honest — like, “Is this going to somehow be sanitized in some way?” And it wasn’t that. They really went there.

They encouraged us to go there. And I’m really grateful. We can’t swear and we can’t show tits and ass, but we can show her get sober, and I think that that is huge. They’ve been wonderful partners to me in that way. I’ll just say, 108 is a really tough episode to watch. We did it and I’m really grateful for that.

The idea of a sobriety story gave me the impression that there’s been a stretch of time where this person was struggling with alcohol and now has come to this point in their journey. So, my mind immediately goes to somebody who is older.

Yeah. I mean, I was 28 when I got sober. They say that if you stay sober, you get old, which is true. So, seven years later, I’m 35. I started drinking at 15, and that’s not even the youngest. There are people that started much earlier than that. So, I had time to really develop my alcoholism.

And I did. The last couple years of it were really not glamorous or fun. I think that, for a while, I thought drinking was this romantic thing. And I think Sam has that too. Then, you get into it and it’s actually a coping mechanism for all these other things. It’s not romantic at all. There was a question in TCA [Television Critics Association] today that said, “Does our society glamorize drinking?” I would say unequivocally, yes. I think it’s still an issue. On the one hand, glamorized drinking. On the other hand, we have this huge addiction problem in this country. Where is the middle ground there? I’m not sure.

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