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5 Things You Need to Know About the New Season of Maron

Maron season four premieres Wednesday, May 4th at 9P ET/PT with back-to-back episodes.

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After hitting rock bottom in the season three finale, Maron fans are wondering how deep the titular curmudgeon can sink. Well, we won’t have to wait much longer as the fourth season is slated to premiere on Wednesday, May 4th at 9P ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes. The new season will air Wednesdays at 9P on IFC with episodes available anytime on IFC.com and on the IFC app. 

So what can we expect for this year’s 13 new episodes? Here are five things you need to know before diving into the new season of Maron.

1. Marc begins Season 4 in a very dark place.

1. Marc Maron in Junkie Shower
When we last left Marc, he was spiraling out of control from addiction and self-loathing. But the season premiere won’t be much better for our underdog: He’s lost his house, friends, career, and even his beloved cats, leaving him to become a squatter in a storage facility. Let’s just say it makes the garage look like the Four Seasons.


2. But he’ll make some interesting friends along the way.

2. Marc Maron Destroying Lives
Unfortunately for Marc, the road to recovery has several exasperating obstacles. He has to face a rehab facility where he’s the oldest person there (and if there’s one thing Marc hates, it’s whiny millennials), a sober house filled with sexual awkwardness, and an extended stay at the home of his competitive frenemy Dave Anthony. According to Maron, “In this season I was able to have the worst things that could happen in my life, happen. I’m okay. I made it through the fiction and it was hilarious. I actually end up in a fictionally better place too.”


3. This season will have guest stars aplenty.

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As it has in previous seasons, Maron will continue to feature cameos by Marc’s comedy pals and offbeat guest actors. We’ll see drop-ins by Ron Perlman, Constance Zimmer, Amy Smart, Joey “Coco” Diaz, and the Sklar Brothers.


4. Of course, returning fan favorites are back.

4. Andy Kindler and Marc Maron
Plenty of familiar faces will reappear this year. We’ll see the return of Marc’s parents (played by veteran actors Judd Hirsch and Sally Kellerman), as well as dedicated buddy Andy Kindler and dubious cohort Dave Anthony.


5. Speaking of Dave, he’s doing pretty well.

5. Dave Anthony Podcast on Maron
Marc will also have to deal with his “frenemy” finding success in the new season. To tide you over until Maron‘s return, you’ll want to keep up with Marc on his WTF podcast, the full archives of which are now available on the Howl Premium app. Oh, and in case you’re like Marc and weren’t aware that Dave Anthony also has an awesome podcast, you should definitely check out The Dollop, where Dave and cohost comedian Gareth Reynolds cover all things strange and horrific from American history.

Want more Maron? Check out Marc talking about the new season below. And catch up on season three right now on iTunes and Netflix.

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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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