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Variety reports on Pivot’s announcements from TCA.

By Laura Prudom Variety  – July 11, 2014 –   Pivot has renewed comedy “Please Like Me” for season three, the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour. The series is created by and stars Australian comedian Josh Thomas, and centers around Thomas’ character, Josh, and his life, relationships and misadventures after he comes out to his family. Season two premieres Fri., Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. on Pivot. Inspired by the series, and continuing its mission to spark conversation and inspire change, Pivot has teamed with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) on Say Something, a social action campaign that highlights the experiences of the 1 in 4 individuals living with mental illness to help de-stigmatize the issue, and sway policymakers to prioritize passing comprehensive mental health legislation. The network has also greenlit “The Operatives,” an original series chronicling the life of adventurer, author and eco warrior Pete Bethune and his team of extreme conservationalists, who travel the world to take on and expose the offenders who are harming vulnerable wildlife, natural resources and ecosystems around the world. “I’m thrilled to be working with Pivot on this new, action-packed series that tackles environmental and wildlife issues in a way you have never seen before on television,” Bethune said in a statement. “Pivot has a history of supporting ground-breaking conservation documentaries and series, and to have them bring our series to their network is awesome.” In the first of eight, hourlong installments, Bethune and his team — which includes a former SEAL Team 6 member, a U.S. Marine and a Maori paratrooper — set out to film the Nambian seal pup kill that results in the deaths of 90,000 animals annually. Pivot also announced that original drama series “Fortitude,” starring Stanley Tucci, will make its premiere in January 2015. The 12-episode first season tells the story of the small, Arctic town of Fortitude, whose peaceful existence is shattered after a brutal and shocking murder. Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer) leads the investigation and is forced to work alongside DCI Morton (Tucci), a detective who’s flown into Fortitude. The network announced that it will debut two new half-hour comedies on Fri., Oct. 17 beginning at 10 p.m.: “Freestyle Love Supreme” an improv series inspired by the acclaimed stage show from Tony and Grammy award-winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, and “Welcome to Fairfax,” which explores the vibrant arts district of Los Angeles and the entrepreneurs who work and live on those blocks.