IFC announced a development slate of 11 projects on Wednesday, three pilots and eight scripts, and based on their descriptions, the channel appears to be going even more idiosyncratic in its projects.
Among the projects possibly coming soon to the channel are an '80s-style soap opera animated entirely with baby dolls and a buddy comedy about a struggling comic-book illustrator befriending a vampire from the future, titled "Jetpackula."
The three pilots IFC has commissioned include "Timms Industrial Piping," the "Dynasty"-inspired series about the residents of Timms Valley, Wis., dealing with the disappearance of the founder and CEO of the town's biggest employer. The series will be stop-motion animated using baby dolls and feature the voices of Maria Bamford, Elizabeth Banks, Lance Barber, Giancarlo Esposito, Ed Flynn, Kathryn Hahn, Nick Kroll, Matt Levin, John Lithgow, Kumail Nanjiani, Mike O’Connell, and Seann William Scott. The pilot is being written by Steve Conrad, who also wrote "The Promotion" and "The Pursuit of Happyness."
The female comedy folk music duo Garfunkel & Oates are also having a second shot at their own series after HBO chose not to go forward with a pilot they shot in 2011. The duo (real names Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci) will play a version of themselves, learning to deal with life by singing a series of satirical songs.