Rob Delaney stars alongside Irish-English actress Sharon Horgan in the very (very) funny “Catastrophe,” whose second season streaming debut drops on Amazon Prime this Friday. The two star as characters that share their names (Rob of Boston, Sharon of London) and in the first 6-episode season, hook up, get pregnant and fall in love — in that order.
The show's second season, which already aired across the pond on Channel 4, picks up post-first baby for the couple. We chat with Delaney about the concept of soulmates, the season time jump and what it's like having Carrie Fisher play your totally awful mother.
We pick up a few years later with Rob and Sharon in season two — what made you do a time jump? And what did we miss?
The gap is just under three years. We thought of the second season as a sequel rather than a continuation. Now we see the stressors of having a marriage that’s been in progress for a few years and kids. We got to the know them and saw how they romanced each other in the first season, so now we wanted to put their feet to the fire.
What I like about the time jump is that it’s up to you — you pick up some clues and some outright statements of fact about what happens in that time. Like they survived and endured and stayed in love, got pregnant again, but nobody got a degree in neuroscience or started an artisanal candle company or anything. Rob got fatter. They got older. Sharon still dresses cool.
And with the time jump, we get to see them as parents. Did your own experiences as parents inspire any of the storylines?
A little bit, but I think in real life I interact with my kids more than we do on the show. But the show is not for kids and it’s not about parenting and we didn’t want to dwell on the hijinks with the kids. I’m not extremely consumed with the fun stuff that they do, but I do know how to tell the stories of what parents go through with them.