IFC, which has evolved into a destination for “alt comedy” television over the years, has excitedly announced its lineup of shows for the 2014-2015 season, including two new shows and a semi-serious awards show.
Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers have teamed up for a docu-parody series under the working title of American Documentary. The half-hour docs will each cover a different subject such as important political figures, influential artists and iconic cultural movements– except they’ll all be completely made-up. Meyers will executive produce the series with Armisen and Hader, who will have recurring roles. The show premieres next year.
Also coming next year is American Storage, a half-hour scripted series starring Rob Huebel (of Human Giant fame). The show centers around a straight-laced employee at a storage facility who befriends a man who is living in one of the storage units. Huebel is Kurt Jones, a bachelor living in the storage facility who teaches his new friend that there’s more to life than stability and suitable housing.
The first-ever CollegeHumor Comedy Music Awards will air in 2015 on IFC. The two companies will join forces to produce a parody awards show with real awards. The 90-minute ceremony will play on IFC and online and will feature top musical comedy talent and performances.
IFC granted a big renewal for the podcast-turned-TV show Comedy Bang! Bang! The network has decided to order a 40-episode fourth season. The show has grown from 10 episodes in its freshman year to 20-episode seasons over the last couple of years. Scott Aukerman’s show has partnered with larger advertisers like Volkswagen and Cheez-It, legitimizing the very “alt-y” talk show’s commercial value.
Also returning is The Birthday Boys, the sketch show from executive producers Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller. The sketch troupe features Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mithcell and Chris VanArtsdalen who have impressed execs in their first season and will return at the end of this year to share their skewed perspective on everyone’s shared experiences.
What you will definitely see on IFC next year was accompanied by news of possible arrivals to the network. Two new shows are now in their development queue. One is Westside, executive produced by Joel McHale, about a group of suburban “schnooks” who are forced into a life of crime (for those of you not sure, a ‘schnook’ is “a person easily duped; a fool”). The Bank is a half-hour scripted comedy about a dysfunctional family that runs a sperm bank.