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Josh Thomas teases new relationships, 'Love Actually' homage for 'Please Like Me' — exclusive

Plus, see an exclusive clip from the season 3 premiere

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Pivot’s charming, Australian coming-of-age comedy Please Like Me returns for its third season on Friday night, and EW has your exclusive sneak peek at the premiere.

When we pick up, romance appears to be in the air for our leading man, Josh (creator and star Josh Thomas) and his anxiety-stricken love interest, Arnold (Keegan Joyce). “I just really wanted Josh to have a boyfriend and then them to do boyfriend things,” Thomas tells EW. “I’ve been in relationships like that, and I thought it would be nice to have a couple on television that isn’t married, like, they’re just dating and happy together.” But while that relationship might not last forever — as Thomas teases, “obviously, because it’s television, I mean, that can’t go on for that long” — the two do have sex, a big step in their budding relationship.

Josh isn’t the only one lucky in love this time around: BFF Tom (Thomas Ward) will be set up with a “delightful” girl named Ella (played by Emily Barclay). But Thomas suggests since Tom is a “sh– guy” and he can’t imagine “that’s going to go very well.” And his ex-love interest, Claire (Caitlin Stasey) will be making a return to the house this season after her stint in Germany with “quite a big story arch in the second half of the season.” 

As for Mum (Debra Lawrance), who’s had quite the “traumatic” journey over the past two seasons, she’ll be settling into a more homebound life with former hospital mate turned roommate, Hannah (Hannah Gadsby). “I think they’re so funny together, like The Odd Couple, you know?” Thomas says. “It was sort of this accidental thing – we’d never really planned on it. I just find them hilarious together. Their lives are so mundane over the next season, but I find it fun to watch.”

While the first two seasons focused heavily on mental illness, Thomas revealed there’s “less of a focus” on that topic, as “some other things come up” later on in the season.

Thomas doesn’t have a favorite scene as of now (“I wait for more people to watch it and see how much they like it and then I’ll decide what my favorite is – they tell me,” he jokes), but there are a few musical moments that stand out, including the use of Sia’s “Chandelier.” (Not to mention there’s a Love Actually homage to look forward to.) In each episode, according to Thomas, there’s “at least one thing” the audience hasn’t seen before.

“With season 3, I think it’s hard to do new things and I feel like we really did. I don’t know if they’re good, but we’ll find out over the next couple of weeks, I guess,” Thomas jokes.

In the exclusive clip, above, Arnold steals a trolley, which he later regrets as his dad insists those things can be tracked down nowadays. But rather than return it, Josh insists Arnold simply let it go, leading to an invigorating moment as Arnold takes off down the sidewalk – without the trolley. (Baby steps, Arnold. Baby steps). 

Please Like Me premieres Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET on Pivot. 

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