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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 said his latest drama series, “As We See It,” is personal. It’s based on the 2018 Israeli series “On the Spectrum.” 

“I have a son who is on the spectrum,” Katims, 61, told 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, 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, center) and Harrison (Albert Rutecki, right) are three roommates on the autism spectrum navigating life in their twenties.
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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 to TV, struggles to leave the apartment, overwhelmed with stimuli when he steps outside. 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) stands in a room holding a phone looking serious.
Violet (Sue Ann Pien) wants to date on “As We See It” but her brother doesn’t want her accessing dating apps on her phone.
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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.” 

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” yet, he said. 

“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.”

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Jason Katims won 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 said that it’s difficult for him to reflect 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 (center), Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke (right) 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 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] and Michael B. Jordan and Kyle [Chandler]. When I see these people whose careers have just exploded in this amazing way, it gives me such joy 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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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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