IFC Orders Docu Parody Series from Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader
As part of its upfront slate announcement, IFC also announced an eight-episode order for scripted comedy starring “Childrens Hospital’s” Rob Huebel and plans for a kudocast satire “Comedy Music Awards” event to be produced with website CollegeHumor.
“IFC began the year with significant momentum that continues to accelerate,” said IFC prexy Jennifer Caserta. “We’re delivering more original programming that is resonating with viewers, and key advertisers are seeking us out to reach consumers through the power and authenticity of our alt comedy voice.”
“American Documentary,” set to premiere next year, is described as six half-hour biographical docs on fictitious subjects. It will hail from Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video banner, which is also home to “Portlandia.” Armisen and Hader will be part of a recurring ensemble of characters who appear in the mock docs. Armisen, Hader and Meyers will exec produce.
Armisen and Meyers (pictured) are already spending plenty of time together these days as bandleader and host, respectively, of NBC’s “Late Night.”
“American Storage” will star Huebel as a man who lives in a storage facility. It’s based on the short film by Andrew Jay Cohen. Cohen wrote the series adaptation with Brendan O’Brien. Troy Miller and Dakota Pictures also produce.
Among its development projects, “Community” star Joel McHale is exec producing a scripted comedy, “Westside,” about a group of suburban “schnooks” who are forced into a life of crime. Jordan Okun is writing and producing with McHale and Jason Burns.
Former NBC exec Teri Weinberg is spearheading another scripted effort about a family that runs a sperm bank. Brigitte Bako is writing “The Bank.”
IFC has also ordered another 40 half-hours of its “Comedy Bang! Bang!” interview/sketch series and a 10-episode second season of sketch series “The Birthday Boys.”
By Cynthia Littleton
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