Physical has been in the works for Apple TV+ for quite some time. But the series premiere is coming this summer, even as the show apparently continues to nail down its cast.
According to a report today from Deadline, Ian Gomez (Cougar Town) has joined the cast of the upcoming dramedy in a recurring role. He’ll be starring alongside Rose Byrne (Damages, Instant Family) and Rory Scovell (The House).
Gomez will be playing a character named Ernie. According to the report, Ernie is a “tech pioneer who hit the jackpot with one of his inventions”. Ernie now plays “a big role in local politics”. Physical is a combination drama and comedy series, of which there will be ten 30-minute episodes in the first season. On the surface, it will follow Byrne’s character, Sheila, as she supports her husband (Scovell) as he runs for state assembly.
However, the series will go beyond that:
But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She’s also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image… that is, until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics.
At first hooked on the exercise itself, Sheila’s real road to empowerment comes when she discovers a way to merge this newfound passion with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The series tracks her epic journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) – the female lifestyle guru.
Tomorrow Studios is producing Physical for Apple TV+. The show was created by Annie Weisman (Almost Family), who will also be writing the series. Geoffrey Arend is also in the series.
Earlier this year, Apple confirmed that Physical will debut sometime this summer, but didn’t provide a specific release date.
Are you looking forward to this one?