April 10, 2013 |
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. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments 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.
June 7, 2012 |
IFC, with the mission creep common to basic cable, has been slowly and for some time becoming a comedy network. Its initials stand for Independent Film Channel, and it does still show movies (though not particularly independent ones), but its aspirations are nowadays more defined by its flagship original, "Portlandia,"and reruns of "Arrested Development. " Factoring out the flicks, Comedy Central and Adult Swim are the networks it now most resembles. Friday brings two amusing new series to its lineup: "Comedy Bang!
March 6, 2013 |
IFC is out to prove that big things can come out of small, quirky shows. Sparked by the success of "Portlandia," the series poking gentle fun at Portland, Ore., and its offbeat residents that has charmed both critics and viewers, the basic cable network has enlisted A-listers Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller as it aggressively ratchets up in hopes of becoming a leader in alternative comedy fare. Ferrell, who is currently filming the sequel to his hit "Anchorman," and frequent partner Adam McKay, are executive producers of "The Spoils of Babylon," which will be produced by Funny or Die, their comedy video website that is an outgrowth of their production company.
May 16, 2010 |
No offense, "Mad Men," nothing personal, "Lost," but the best thing I saw on television last year was "Food Party," a six-episode IFC series that might most easily, if not at all adequately, be described as splitting the difference between Julia Child's "The French Chef" and "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." It began its second season — 20 15-minute episodes showing back to back over 10 weeks — April 27 and it is as strange and delightful, poetic and beautiful, silly and disturbing — and even more ambitious, in its homemade, handmade way — as ever.
June 3, 2012
Scott Aukerman's popular podcast, "Comedy Bang! Bang!," has turned the traditional celebrity interview on its head, with zany musical numbers and improv-style games. Aukerman, who also wrote for the cult comedy show "Mr. Show With Bob and David" and co-created the Web series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," talks about the future of comedy and the TV version of "Comedy Bang! Bang!," premiering on IFC at 10 p.m. Friday. "Comedy Bang! Bang!" is part of a new wave of podcasts-turned-TV shows, including Chris Hardwick's "Nerdist" on BBC America and Marc Maron's new show inspired by his "WTF" podcast, that's been green-lit by IFC. Is this the future of comedy development?
October 1, 2010 |
There is British comedy and there is American comedy, and though each influences the other, they do not easily combine. The darts fly in slightly different directions; the rhythms are a hair off, one from the other. Still, with transatlantic mutual admiration among comics stronger than ever, attempts will be made to make it work. Starring and created by David Cross (American, writing with Shaun Pye, British) and set and made in the U.K., "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret," which debuts Friday on IFC, is just such a venture and a not altogether successful one. The six-episode series features Cross ( "Arrested Development," "Mr. Show With Bob and David")