The Connors star Sara Gilbert has joined the cast of Atypical, the critically-acclaimed original series created, written and executive produced by Robia Rashid (How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace), according to EW. This news comes less than two weeks after Gilbert announced that she’s leaving the talk show The Talk. Gilbert will play Professor Judd, “a university Ethics professor who is generally irritable and chronically underwhelmed, yet capable of compassion.” The series is set to begin its third season.
Academy Award-winning producer Seth Gordon and Mary Rohlich, who have both worked on hit series and films, including Baywatch, The Goldbergs and Horrible Bosses, also executive produce alongside Rashid. Jennifer Jason Leigh, who stars as Elsa, also serves as a producer. Michelle Dean, who received her PhD from UCLA and worked at the UCLA Center for Autism and Research and Treatment before joining the faculty of CSU Channel Island, was also brought into the production to help guide an accurate depiction of autism spectrum disorder. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.
The cast returning for Atypical Season 3 has not yet been confirmed. Atypical season two starred Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Michael Rapaport (Justified), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Margot vs. Lily), Amy Okuda (How to Get Away with Murder), Raul Castillo (Looking, Seven Seconds), Nik Dodani (Alex Strangelove), Graham Rogers (Ray Donovan, The Kominsky Method), Fivel Stewart (Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft), Jenna Boyd (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings, Gone Girl).
Atypical is a coming-of-age story that follows Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal? Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as his mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self-discovery. Michael Rapaport plays his father, Doug. Brrigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda plays a therapist, Julia.