IFC announced today two new scripted series that will join the network’s roster of “slightly off” comedies in 2016 and 2017. Writer/comedian Dana Gould and actor Hank Azaria have each signed on to produce two offbeat shows about small town life.
Gould (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation) will bring laughs and scares to IFC as the writer and executive producer of Stan Against Evil, a horror-comedy revolving around a disgruntled New England sheriff and his young replacement encountering a demon plague conjured from the site of a 17th century witch burning. Tom Lassally (Silicon Valley) will also serve as executive producer, while Radical Media (What Happened, Miss Simone?, MARS) will produce the series with Frank Scherma and Justin Wilkes executive producing.
On the other end of the comedic spectrum is Brockmire, which stars Azaria (The Simpsons, Bordertown) as a former major league baseball announcer who gets busted down to the minors following a very public on-air meltdown. The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and will be directed by Tim Kirkby (Veep). Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell are all executive producers. The character began life as a viral short film on Funny or Die, which you can watch below.
IFC President Jennifer Caserta said about the two new series,
“Demons and disgrace are at the forefront of IFC’s new comedy strategy. 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.”
Stan is slated to air this fall, while Brockmire is scheduled for early 2017. Both have an eight-episode order. Be sure to check back for more updates on Stan Against Evil and Brockmire throughout the year.