Jason Katims, the creator of this website, is most well-known. “Friday Night Lights” “Parenthood.”
But he said that his most recent drama series, “As We See It,”Personal. It’s based on the 2018 Israeli series “On the Spectrum.”
“I have a son who is on the spectrum,”Katims, 61, spoke to 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 strive to keep jobs, date, navigate the world and make friends – with help from Violet’s brother, Van (Chris Pang), Jack’s dad, Lou (Joe Mantegna) and their aide, Mandy (Sosie Bacon).
Jack (Rick Glassman, center), Violet (Sue Ann Pien, middle) and Harrison [Albert Rutecki] are three roommates on autism spectrum who navigate life in their twenties. Ali Goldstein/Amazon Prime Video
Computer whiz Jack struggles to be polite when he feels that other people aren’t up to his level of intelligence, which causes problems in the publishing house where he works. Harrison, who is addicted TV, has trouble leaving the apartment because he is overwhelmed by all the stimuli. Violet’s intense desire to date leads to some ill-fated flirting in the fast food spot where she works, and her older brother restricts her access to dating apps on her phone.
Violet (Sue Ann Pien), would like to date “As We See It” but her brother doesn’t want her accessing dating apps on her phone. Ali Goldstein/Amazon Prime Video
None of the characters are directly based on Katims’ 23-year-old son, Sawyer,He said.
“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 said. “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.”
Roommates Violet (Sue Ann Pieen), Jack, and Harrison (Albert Rutecki), enjoy drinks together “As We See It.”Ali Goldstein/Amazon Prime Video
His son has not viewed “As We See it”He said it all the same.
“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.”
Jason Katims won an Emmy in 2011 as Outstanding Writing for Drama Series. “Friday Night Lights.” /Invision/
Speaking of “Friday Night Lights,” which ran on NBC from 2006-2011, Katims said that it’s difficult for him to reflect on it from a distance.
Jeremy Sumpter portrays J.D. McCoy, Michael B. Jordan portraying Vince Howard (center), Jesse Plemons portraying Landry Clarke. “Friday Night Lights.” Bill Records/NBC
“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 said. “Those characters feel so close to my heart that I don’t really look at it with the perspective that maybe I should be looking at it with, because it doesn’t feel that far away from me.
“On the other hand, I’m reminded of the time that’s passed when I put on my TV and I see Jesse Plemons and Connie [Britton]Kyle und Michael B. Jordan [Chandler]. It gives me great joy to see these people, whose careers have just exploded in such an amazing way. ‘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.”