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What to Watch on IFC: August 30-September 5

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Monday
When the local steel mill closes, two men with nothing to lose come up with a unique way to raise money …as well as more than a few eyebrows. The Full Monty was a major box-office hit both in England and the United States and was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Full Monty airs at 7:35 p.m. ET.

Tuesday
The adventures of Roy, Moss and Jen in the underbelly of the Reynholm Corporation continue in Series 4 of the BBC comedy ‘The IT Crowd’. Don’t forget to read our interview with creator, writer, and director Graham Linehan. The new episode starts at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Wednesday
Javier Bardem shot to super star status after his stunning and sobering portrayal of a quadriplegic who wants to die with dignity in The Sea Inside. It plays at 11:45 a.m. ET, so set your DVR and watch it with a box of tissues later.

Thursday
It’s Jon Favreau double feature day! The fun kicks off with Made, Favreau’s directorial debute, is a reunion with his Swingers co-star Vince Vaughn with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Peter Falk. Next is The Big Empty where Jon Favreau learns the hard way that money never comes easy.

Friday
Every Friday night we are showing back-to-back episodes of the Kids in the Hall’s eight-part miniseries Death Comes to Town. Wacky hijinks and cross dressing mix with murder surprisingly well. The fun starts at 10 p.m. ET. Bring your own wig.

Saturday
The glorious lovechild of writer Quentin Tarantino and director Robert Rodriguez, From Dusk til Dawn premieres on IFC tonight. The gory action flick stars George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as the notorious Gecko brothers who are on the run from the FBI. They kidnap a family to make their escape to Mexico, but the fun really starts when the desperadoes hide out at the Titty Twister saloon, which turns out to be a haven for vampires. It starts at 8 p.m. ET

Sunday
Catch up on past episodes of Ideal. The extremely off-beat BBC comedy stars Johnny Vegas as a pot dealer who works almost exclusively out of his very unkempt apartment. A quirky cast of characters parades through the pad, entertaining the audience as much as they disturb Johnny. The Ideal marathon runs from noon to 3 p.m. ET.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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