Michael Douglas is returning to television for the first time since co-starring in 1970s cop show “The Streets of San Francisco”, courtesy of new Netflix comedy “The Kominsky Method”.
In an exclusive trailer for the upcoming series from creator Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”, “The Big bang Theory”), the “Wall Street” Oscar winner stars as Sandy Kominsky, a formerly famous actor who now teaches acting in his twilight years.
“The sun isn’t setting yet on the once-famous Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander,” declares the Netflix synopsis. “Academy Award winners Michael Douglas (Kominsky) and Alan Arkin (Newlander) star as two friends tackling life’s inevitable curveballs as they navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty.”
During an appearance at this summer’s TV Critics Association press tour, Lorre, who’s about to turn 66, revealed that the idea for the show “began with my desire to write about what I’m living, which is getting older. And entropy and the dissolution of form, the decay of the flesh and it has to be funny, otherwise it’s heartbreaking. And there’s loss of loved ones and how it affects your relationships and friendship and how you respond to a culture that feels like it’s moving away from you. So that was the impetus for the show, to do all that and hopefully have some comedy involved.”
According to Douglas, it was that mix of heartbreak and hilarity that drew him to the show. “I think one of the things that really attracted me to ‘Kominsky Method’ and to Chuck is stories that fluctuate between comedy, and tragedies, and difficulties,” said the 74-year-old star.
“And I think that’s one of the unique qualities of all the shows that Chuck has done that I find really kind of unique here,” he added. “But I read the newspapers and follow stuff, so I can’t say I’m picking the issues or themes. But I do try to pick pictures or projects that resonate with me or have some things that I can understand, and I certainly understand Sandy Kominsky and some of the stuff that he’s going through.”
All eight episodes of “The Kominsky Method” will be available to stream on Friday, Nov. 16.