HBO has a bittersweet comedy airing TONIGHT that takes us inside an extended stay medical ward, where the little indignities of aging and being at the mercy of hospital staff is less so with an ensemble of seasoned comedic actors who run this specialized wing
It’s July 4th at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital. On her first day of work, nurse DiDi Ortley played by Niecy Nash discovers feces on a lounge chair, and is torn between the conflicting orders of veteran nurse Dawn Forchette played by Alex Borstein, who wants to file an “incident report” before removing it; temporary medical director Dr. Jenna James (Laurie Metcalf), who is in need of a stool sample for her medical study; and supervising nurse Beverly Raymes (Telma Hopkins), who has had endemic issues with floor cleanliness and wants the seat sterilized. In a heated argument with Nurse Raymes, Dr. James has a public meltdown and ends up permanently assigned to this dead-end job. Meanwhile, the staff tries to determine the identity of an Asian woman who was found wandering on a highway, and debate what to do with a deceased patient’s birthday cake.
“Getting On,” based on the BBC series of the same name, begins its six-episode season Sunday, Nov. 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.