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Bill Hader Will Play a Washed Up Hollywood Producer in Documentary Now! Season Two

Documentary Now! returns this fall on IFC.

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Last month, we got a few bits of information on the upcoming season of Documentary Now!. We already know three of the films that creators Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers plan on satirizing — namely, The War Room, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Salesman — but now a fourth has been revealed. The episode entitled “Mr. Runner Up” will be using the hammy Robert Evans bio The Kid Stays in the Picture as its source inspiration.

An in-depth look at the life of the Godfather and Rosemary’s Baby uber-producer, The Kid Stays in the Picture was released in 2002 to much critical acclaim. A cult figure in pop culture, Evans had his own animated series called Kid Notorious and has been spoofed by everyone from Bob Odenkirk on Mr. Show to Dustin Hoffman in the film Wag the Dog.

Taking a page from the Evans doc, Documentary Now!‘s “Mr. Runner Up” will chronicle the career of an aging Hollywood producer (played by Hader) attempting a comeback after a precipitous decline. And following the likes of the previous season’s double-episode focusing on the faux soft rock band The Blue Jean Committee, “Mr. Runner Up” will be extended into a two-parter.

Check out the trailer for The Kid Stays in the Picture below to see what Bill, Fred, Seth and company will be spoofing. The fall premiere of Documentary Now!‘s second season can’t come soon enough.

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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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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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