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Dan Harmon to Gather History’s Greatest Minds for Upcoming IFC Pilot

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IFC announced today that the network has ordered pilots for three new comedy series that put an offbeat spin on the late-night talk show format. Dan Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty), Jim Norton (Inside Amy Schumer, Louie) and Sara Schaefer (Nikki & Sara Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) are the talent tapped to create pilot presentations. Looks like MaronPortlandiaComedy Bang! Bang! and the upcoming Documentary Now! could be getting a new little sister or brother.

Harmon is helming and hosting Great Minds, a twist on the traditional comedic panel show with comedians portraying smart folks throughout history. The pilot’s guests include Robert Smigel as Albert Einstein, The Daily Show’s Rory Albanese as Benjamin Franklin, Women Aren’t Funny’s Bonnie McFarlane as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mulaney’s Seaton Smith as Frederick Douglass.

Schaefer is working on 1320 Seconds, which will be a “satirical news-magazine show featuring an ensemble of female correspondents (plus one man to make everyone feel okay about this dangerous concept) who investigate and comment on the cultural zeitgeist.”

Meanwhile, Jim Norton will bring his edgy take on the news of the day to his own currently untitled half-hour, late-night talk show. The show will feature no-holds-barred chats with guests from the world of comedy and pop culture. Norton, Suzanne Fagel (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) and Jonathan Brandstein are the executive producers.

IFC president Jennifer Caserta said of the potential new programming, “These pilots represent an exciting, aggressive move for us into the alternative comedy format space as we continue to expand our programming reach. All of the talent fits our brand so we can’t wait for them to bring their individual, distinctive voices to IFC.”

Be sure to check back for more news on these projects and other upcoming shows.

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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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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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