[TV] IFC Orders Two New Shows From Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.07.2013
Two new comedy series for IFC...
IGN reports that IFC has greenlit two new half-hour comedy series set to air later this year.
The first one is called The Spoils of Bablyon. The show has been picked up for six episodes and comes from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Funny or Die. The series is said to be a "television adaption of a best-selling epic novel by fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh." Ferrell is set to star as Jonrosh for the series. The show will span three generations and take viewers "from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through world war battlefields and velvet sheeted bedrooms."
Ferrell said on the series, "This is a crazy and maybe even a stupid idea. IFC is either really courageous or really stupid which makes them the perfect partner for us."
The second series ordered by IFC is The Birthday Boys, a scripted sketch comedy series by Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk. The show is based on the LA comedy group of the same name and is said to be in the vein of absurd and silly variety shows and feature sketches that "twist real-life moments and cultural touchstones." That series has a ten-episode order. Odenkirk will perform in the series along with the Birthday Boys (Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell and Chris VanArtsdalen).
Stiller said on the show, "The Birthday Boys are too good to just be making viral videos. They are funny enough to fill time between episodes of Portlandia. I'm thrilled to be working with Bob Odenkirk again on a TV project. We try to do something every 20 years or so."