Dick will be loved this Spring. Which is to say, actually, that fiction, memoir and television will collide in a satirical story about personal discontent and obsession within the confines of one character’s art theoretical and marital worlds…this Spring. For Amazon has just announced the premiere date of the anticipated Jill Soloway adaptation of Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel I Love Dick — May 12. (Though it premieres at Sundance on January 23.)
The series’ pilot — as it goes with Amazon — was released for the public to cast their votes of approval on back in August, 2016, before it was ordered to series. It gave audiences glimpses into performances from Kathryn Hahn (as Kraus) and Kevin Bacon (as the titular phallus), and revealed that the series had switched the setting of the narrative from Pasadena, CA to the small artist community of Marfa, TX. Of that first episode, Flavorwire TV Editor Lara Zarum wrote:
More so than Transparent, I Love Dick sounds too wankingly intellectual on paper to work onscreen. Soloway’s new show should be alienating or smugly academic — seriously, a TV show about a 40-year-old independent filmmaker who falls in love with a cultural critic at an artist’s colony? — and yet it manages to be both cerebral and broadly appealing.