As you may have heard, we are getting some stellar new shows in 2011: The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and The Ben Stiller Show are all slated to start airing in January. We also got our hands on the Hollywood-skewering comedy Action. Don’t know it? Right this way.
Action follows Hollywood producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr) who rose from his illustrious past as a gay porn producer to become a wildly successful guns-and-gore action movie director. We meet him as he is trying to bounce back from his last film, which was a box office failure. The series, which was critically acclaimed for its, shall we say, irreverent look at Hollywood culture (just wait until you see how he gets his films funded). The show also stars the always awesome Ileana Douglas as VP of Production at Dragon’s production company, and Buddy Hackett as Peter’s uncle and chief of security. Since the show is based in La La Land, there are more than a sprinkling of cameos by A list celebrities, including Keanu Reeves and Tony Hawk. The series aired on FOX during the 1999-2000 season and will premiere on IFC in late 2011. You’ll just have to watch our other amazing shows while you wait.
If you really want to know what Action is all about, just watch this scene. In one of the most brilliant speeches ever made in front of a fake Congressional hearing, Mr. Dragon gives Congress an earful on violence in movies and the real problem with America. Feel free to salute at the end: