At a press event in New York today, IFC announced that it has renewed freshman news show Onion News Network for a second season. Additionally, IFC has greenlit four new original docu series: Commercial Kings from Reveille; Young, Broke & Beautiful, produced by 44 Pictures; Whisker Wars, produced by Thom Beers’ Original Prods. (hint: it involves men’s facial hair, not cats as the title might suggest); and Bullet in the Face, created and written by Alan Spencer. IFC also announced two original series currently in development: an untitled variety show hosted by Comedy Death-Ray’s Scott Aukerman, and Pointless, created by Ethan Berlin and Eric Bryant, which came to IFC through the New York Television Festival. In addition to Onion, IFC recently renewed two other freshman comedy series, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Portlandia. Here are detailed descriptions of IFC’s new series and projects in development:
Commercial Kings (10 half-hour eps, premieres June 24 @ 10 pm)
Starring filmmakers and comedy duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, this docu-comedy series follows the pair as they travel across America, developing and producing commercials for local businesses. The show’s concept is based on Rhett and Link’s popular website, which has helped make the duo an internet sensation with over 80 million views on YouTube. Throughout the season, Rhett and Link create commercials that showcase local residents and businesses including Ole Man Heavy Hill’s Garbage Service, a one-man weekly trash removal company, and Bury Me Naturally, a green burial service which touts natural decomposition in only four months as the businesses major perk. Produced by Reveille. Executive Producers for Reveille are Howard T. Owens, Todd Cohen, Heather Schuster, Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal, Joke Fincoen and Biagio Messina. Paul Cockerill is a producer for the series. Executive producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Christine Lubrano, Jennifer Caserta and Evan Shapiro.
Young, Broke & Beautiful (6 half-hour episodes, premieres Friday, June 24 @ 10:30 pm)
Hosted by writer/blogger Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, this non-fiction series is a travel show for a generation of alternative culture enthusiasts. Stuart travels the country and infiltrates the underground of American cities to find the hidden, cheap and carefully guarded secrets that aren’t in any guidebook. This is a travel show for explorers and wanderers with a desire to celebrate everything weird and unique. This season, Broke-Ass will travel to Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans and San Diego. Young, Broke & Beautiful is produced by 44 Pictures and executive produced by Sam Erickson. Executive producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Christine Lubrano and Jennifer Caserta.
Whisker Wars (7 half-hour episodes, premieres Friday, August 5 @ 10 pm)
A docu-comedy set in the world of competitive facial hair growing profiles a group of men as they travel the country in search of top honors in a host of competitions, from the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Bend, OR to the World Competition in Norway. With Germany the reigning champion, over 80 local U.S. chapters attempt to come together to form Beard Team USA. Series personalities include Jack Passion (Calif.), a world beard champion and author of “Facial Hair Handbook”; Myk O’Connor (Brooklyn, NY), a member of the Gotham City Beardsmen Alliance; and Bryan Nelson and Allen Demling, of the Austin Facial Hair Club. Produced by Original Prods., a FremantleMedia Company; executive produced by Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal, co-executive produced by Jeff Conroy and series produced by Jay Bennett and Diane Kay Zilliox. Executive producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack and Jennifer Caserta.
Bullet in the Face (6 half-hour episodes, premieres in 2012)
Created, written and produced by Alan Spencer, Bullet in the Face is a docu-comedy about a psychotic criminal turned cop after a jewelry heist goes terribly wrong. Gunter Vogler is taken into police custody, given a new identity, then forced to infiltrate his former gang … embarking on a mission of revenge against not only old allies, but his new bosses and anyone else that looks at him the wrong way. Bullet in the Face is a co-production with Canada’s Just For Laughs Muse Comedy Productions, executive produced by Spencer, Michael Prupas and Bruce Hills. Produced by Jesse Prupas and Evi Regev. Executive producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack, Jennifer Caserta and Evan Shapiro.
IFC’s Original Series in Development include:
Untitled Scott Aukerman Variety Project
Created and hosted by Comedy Death-Ray’s Scott Aukerman, the show will be based on the brand’s popular podcast presented through a reinvigorated TV variety format for alt comedy fans.
Created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant and hosted by Kurt Braunohler, Pointless is an improvisational comedy series featuring a rotating panel of three comedians who give their most creative, on-the-spot answers to a random selection of questions and win an assortment of crappy prizes. The show’s format satirizes classic game shows in what some might call an “anti game show” format.
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