Epix’s first spinoff franchise is hit, or at the very least it’s getting a second season. The dark comedy based off Elmore Leonard’s 1990 bestselling novel and also a 1993 hit film, Get Shorty is only the latest merger between comedy actors going very dramatic. See Breaking Bad.
Get Shorty has an a-list comedy roster, starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano. Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of Epix said in a statement that, “Get Shorty is our most successful original scripted series to date.” I don’t doubt it either. The first season had the marketing budget of any normal TV series from broadcasting or cable for that matter and it looks like Epix is pushing hard in the crowded space of premium cable channels. However, they are going to need a lot more than one big hit to get there.