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Mock Docs

Documentary Now! to Spoof Jiro Dreams of Sushi, ’90s Politics and More in Season Two

Get the scoop on the docs Bill, Fred and Seth will tackle in season two.

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Once it was announced that the masterful Documentary Now! was given the greenlight to mock another fresh batch of real-life documentaries, fans were pondering which classic nonfiction films creators Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas would choose. Well, have we got some awesome news for you.

During IFC’s upfront event, Seth Meyers revealed the inspirations behind and plots for three upcoming Documentary Now! episodes.

First we have The Bunker, which uses the 1993 political documentary The War Room with James Carville and George Stephanopoulos to skewer the insane world of ’90s politics. The episode follows two scheming, cocky campaign managers (Hader and Armisen) working on the heated race for the Governor of Ohio. Lies will be told, death threats will be made, and questionable ’90s fashion choices will surface, all in the camcorder-documented fight to get their underdog candidate to the top. We loved Bill’s impression of Carville on SNL, so we can’t wait to see what he and Fred have cooked up for The Bunker.

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Next is Juan Likes Rice and Chicken which, you may have already guessed, is a satirical take on the charming 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Shot in Colombia, the episode follows young chef Arturo (Armisen) and his brother as they learn the tricks of the trade from their stern, no-nonsense father Juan — who just happens to run a highly-acclaimed restaurant that only serves one dish made with painstaking precision: chicken and buttered rice. (Watch the trailer for Jiro Dreams of Sushi below.)

And finally there’s Globesmen, which is a parody of the 1968 Maysles Brothers’ documentary Salesman that followed a wearied quartet of door-to-door Bible salesmen. In Doc Now!, however, four hard-working businessmen try their best to sell globes to a community of people who find them too expensive and ultimately prefer atlases. Feeling pressure from their regional manager, and dealing with the constant rejection from customers, the salesmen do anything they can to reinvent the globe as a need-to-have household item. The last time Bill and Fred tackled a Mayles’ doc (the classic film Grey Gardens), we got the sweatpants headwrap-wearing great dames of Sandy Passage. You probably want to check out the trailer for Salesman below to bone up before Bill and Fred unleash their comedic magic on another groundbreaking documentary.

We’ll have to wait until this fall to catch the full seven episode second season of Documentary Now!, but be sure to catch up on season one right now on Netflix and iTunes. And keep checking back with IFC.com to catch sneak peeks and exclusive content prior to the season two premiere.

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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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