Why ‘As We See It’ is ‘personal’ for creator Jason Katims

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Creator Jason Katims is best-known for “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood.”

But he mentioned his newest drama sequence, “As We See It,” is private. It’s based mostly on the 2018 Israeli sequence “On the Spectrum.” 

“I have a son who is on the spectrum,” Katims, 61, instructed The Post. “A few years ago, before I started thinking about this show, he was becoming a young adult – the age of these characters in this show. And I was thinking a lot about his story and his future. You open up the Autism Speaks website, and you see a picture of a beautiful little boy. Those kids grow up. So, for a very personal reason, I was thinking about this subject matter. Then I saw the Israeli show.”

“As We See It,” premiering Jan. 21 on Amazon, follows Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison (Albert Rutecki), and Violet (Sue Ann Pien), twentysomething roommates on the autism spectrum, as they attempt to maintain jobs, date, navigate the world and make mates  – with assist from Violet’s brother, Van (Chris Pang), Jack’s dad, Lou (Joe Mantegna) and their aide, Mandy (Sosie Bacon).

Jack (Rick Glassman, left), Violet (Sue Ann Pien, center) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki, right) stand in a row posing for photos in a living room.
Jack (Rick Glassman, left), Violet (Sue Ann Pien, middle) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki, proper) are three roommates on the autism spectrum navigating life of their twenties.
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Computer whiz Jack struggles to be well mannered when he feels that different individuals aren’t as much as his stage of intelligence, which causes issues within the publishing home the place he works. Harrison, who is hooked on TV, struggles to depart the residence, overwhelmed with stimuli when he steps outdoors. Violet’s intense need so far results in some ill-fated flirting within the quick meals spot the place she works, and her older brother restricts her entry to relationship apps on her telephone. 

Violet (Sue Ann Pien) stands in a room holding a phone looking serious.
Violet (Sue Ann Pien) needs so far on “As We See It” however her brother doesn’t need her accessing relationship apps on her telephone.
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None of the characters are immediately based mostly on Katims’  23-year-old son, Sawyer, he mentioned. 

“One of the things that has helped me to write the show is that it’s not autobiographical. So, I don’t have to worry about, ‘Can I tell that story, should I not, it’s not mine to tell?’ I don’t have to worry about my son’s privacy or anybody else’s,” he mentioned. “I am of course drawing from my experience and the people I know on the spectrum – not just my son. It’s been a long time now that I’ve been close to this subject matter.” 

Violet (Sue Ann Pien), Jack (Rick Glassman) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki) stand in a circle holding drinks on "As We See It."
Roommates Violet (Sue Ann Pien), Jack (Rick Glassman) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki) share drinks on “As We See It.”
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His son has not watched “As We See it” but, he mentioned. 

“The funny thing about my son – he doesn’t like watching my shows. Sawyer is the biggest football fan in the world, and I can’t get him to watch ‘Friday Night Lights.’ He’s like, ‘I can watch real football.’ So I will try to get him to watch [‘As We See It’], and we’ll see what happens.”

Jasom Katims holds an Emmy
Jason Katims gained a Emmy in 2011 for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for “Friday Night Lights.”
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Speaking of “Friday Night Lights,” which ran on NBC from 2006-2011, Katims mentioned that it’s troublesome for him to replicate on it from a distance.

Jeremy Sumpter as J.D. McCoy, Michael B. Jordan as Vince Howard (center), Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke (right) stand outside in a line wearing football uniforms on "Friday Night Lights."
Jeremy Sumpter as J.D. McCoy, Michael B. Jordan as Vince Howard (middle), Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke (proper) on “Friday Night Lights.”
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“To me, ‘Friday Night Lights,’ was such a seminal part of my career and my life. I know a lot of time has gone by now, but it doesn’t feel that way to me,” he mentioned. “Those characters really feel so near my coronary heart that I don’t actually have a look at it with the attitude that possibly I needs to be it with, as a result of it doesn’t really feel that far-off from me.

“On the opposite hand, I’m reminded of the time that’s handed after I placed on my TV and I see Jesse Plemons and Connie [Britton] and Michael B. Jordan and Kyle [Chandler]. When I see these individuals whose careers have simply exploded on this wonderful approach, it offers me such pleasure to see their journeys since ‘Friday Night Lights.’

“I feel very proud that I had the opportunity to work with them on a show that I know was as meaningful to them as it was to me.”

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