IFC GREENLIGHTS TWO NEW SCRIPTED COMEDIES
- Hank Azaria, Funny Or Die and Dana Gould join the Slightly Off lineup -
New York, NY - February 22, 2016 - IFC has greenlit scripted comedies Stan Against Evil from creator and writer Dana Gould, and 3Arts Entertainment, and Brockmire, from Funny Or Die, starring and executive produced by Hank Azaria. Announced today by IFC President Jennifer Caserta, both series received eight episode orders and join the comedy network's groundbreaking and provocative slate of original programming in late 2016, and early 2017 respectively.
"Demons and disgrace are at the forefront of IFC's new comedy strategy," said Caserta in making the announcement. "And there's no one we'd rather be in bed with - or save small towns with - than Hank and Dana. One of the hallmarks of IFC's success is the exceptional caliber of creative genius that we get to partner with, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be making these shows."
Comedic horror genre series Stan Against Evil follows Stan, a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie, the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning. Stan Against Evil is slated to air in the fall of this year. Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation) will executive produce and write, with Tom Lassally (Silicon Valley) also serving as executive producer. Radical Media (What Happened, Miss Simone?, MARS) will produce the series with Frank Scherma and Justin Wilkes executive producing.
Hank Azaria will star as Brockmire, a famed major league baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown live on the air after discovering his beloved wife's serial infidelity. A decade later, Jim Brockmire decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town, calling minor league baseball for the Morristown Frackers. Brockmire originally appeared as a viral short video on the award-winning comedy website Funny Or Die. The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and will be directed by Tim Kirkby (Veep). It will be executive produced by Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby and Funny Or Die's Mike Farah and Joe Farrell. Brockmire will air on IFC in early 2017.
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