FX’s Breeders, now in its third season, offers a comedic take on what it’s like to raise kids, following the misadventures of Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard) as they struggle to do what’s best for Luke (Alex Eastwood) and Ava (Eve Prenelle). While there are many moments of levity, the show’s secret weapon is its ability to showcase the more serious turns life often has to offer.
Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison, who serve as co-creators with Freeman and executive producers, about this show, and how it’s different from their previous TV collaborations, namely Veep and The Thick of It.
Blackwell explained the process for figuring out how to frame season three:
“There was the idea for this season, season three, that we would jump forward again five years, like we did between seasons one and two. But we decided against that, for a couple of reasons. First of all, we owed it to the audience to pay off what we had set up at the end of season two, which is Luke punching his dad and then Paul moving out of the family home. But also, we’d realized during the run of season two how great our Luke and Ava were, Alex and Eve, and we just wanted to use them more. We thought it would be silly to not have them in another season, so we decided to just carry on. It’s like two weeks later when we start season three from the end of season two.”
Addison had a humorous analogy to describe the terrific Joanna Bacon and Alun Armstrong, who got a superb showcase as Paul’s parents, Jackie and Jim, in season three:
“It’s like owning a vintage Rolls Royce and only driving it in your read, and actually, if you take the Rolls Royce for a really amazing spin somewhere else. That’s what we’ve got. We’ve got these two insanely high-quality actors, and we’re just using a fraction of their range and ability. It felt exciting to tap into what we knew was this fantastic resource.”
Listen to the full conversation below:
The third season finale of Breeders premieres Monday, July 11th. All three seasons are available to stream on Hulu.