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IFC Greenlights New Comedies From Dana Gould and Hank Azaria

Stan Against Evil and Brockmire are coming to IFC.

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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.

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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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