In August of 2017, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s show Take My Wife sank when its network, Seeso, went under. Eight months later, it looks like we’ll finally be able to stream the queer comedy again in one pieceand soon.
Starz has acquired seasons one and two of Take My Wife after signing a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. The premium cable network is also the new home to many of Seeso’s former shows, such as Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, Skylar Brothers: Hipster Ghosts, The UCB Show, New York's Funniest, Brian Posehn: Criminally PosehnandLachlan Patterson Live From Venice Beach. Take My Wife, along with the other names, will be available on the Starz app or Starz On Demand starting May 1.
Following fictional version of themselves, Take My Wife centers around a married couple enduring the trials and tribulations of stand-up comedy and being in a relationship.
“We are excited to address the uncertain fate of several Seeso series, including the belovedTake My Wifeseries, by providing a new home for these programs and their fans at Starz,” said C. Brett Marottoli, head acquisitions at Starz in an official statement. “These comedies align strategically with many Starz original series and will appeal to our audiences as we continue featuring more diverse casts and storylines across the Starz platforms.”
Starz is making strides toward becoming a more queer-inclusive network, having recently picked up a show by gay director Gregg Araki. The network is also home to shows like The Girlfriend Experience and Outlander, both of which feature queer female narratives.
Butcher and Esposito’s show drew praise from queer critics and fans alike for its inclusivity. The groundbreaking comedy was the first scripted series co-created by and starring a queer married couple. It was widely recognized for giving trope-free and avid on-screen representation to queer women, as well as employing queer people behind-the-camera.
After Seeso’s shutdown, Esposito took to Twitter to boast that the show was home to an all-female writers’ room. Season two bragged 22 LGBTQ+ actors out of 47 roles, as well as an 83 percent female cast overall. The second season of Take My Wife had already been shot when Seeso’s announcement came, and it wasn’t until last month that the season aired on iTunes.
Currently, you can watch Take My Wife on Amazon and iTunes. But if you’re a Starz subscriber, make sure to keep hitting “refresh” until May 1st.