HBO’s ‘Family Tree’ Will Not Be Renewed, ‘Hello Ladies’ Will Wrap Run With Special, ‘Getting On’ Eyes Second Season Pickup

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Getting OnHBO is making decisions on the three new comedy series that premiered last year. The pay cable network has opted not to order a second season of Family Tree. Also not going to second season is Hello Ladies, which will wrap the story of Stuart Pritchard (Stephen Merchant) and his group of friends with a special — similar to the way HBO ended Ricky Gervais’ Life’s Too Short. There is no final decision on medical comedy Getting On but it is expected to get a second-season renewal pending the sorting out of budget issues.

hbo45__130924185923-275x112__140114010318Unlike HBO’s dramas, which in many cases are big crowd-pleasers like True Blood and Game Of Thrones, its comedies, by design, have been very specific. None of the three freshman 2013 series – all with strong British pedigrees — have been as noisy as Girls for example, but they have been relatively well received (especially Getting On), and their viewership deliveries have been OK for the price point. Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, starring Chris O’Dowd, was originally designed for an arc. I hear being a co-producing with the BBC made a second installment even more complicated, contributing to HBO’s decision not to go forward. Read More »

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HBO Comedy ‘Family Tree’ Debuts Soft; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Record Streak Ends

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 10:04am PDT

HBO’s Family Tree hasn’t started with very strong viewing roots. The 10:30 PM debut Sunday of the new comedy pulled in 794,000 viewers. That is a big drop off from the 1.2 million who watched its lead-in … Read More »

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Hot TV Teaser: HBO’s ‘Family Tree’

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 6:27pm PDT

Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) stars in Christopher Guest‘s spring HBO series as a recently single and unemployed 30-something man who discovers himself by investigating his wacky extended family. Frequent Guest players Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Don Lake, Ed Begley Jr., and Jim Piddock (who co-wrote … Read More »

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Searching For Roots In ‘Family Tree’: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:22pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

There are a lot of slashes in the titles of the guys in charge of HBO’s new series Family Tree, making its debut in the spring. Christopher Guest is writer/director/executive producer, and Jim Piddock is writer/creator/executive producer and also plays the role of Martin Pfister in the single-camera, documentary style show. (Executive producer Karen Murphy was not present).

Only actor Chris O’Dowd, who portrays Tom Chadwick, has no official title slash. But even his work calls for an extra level of creativity, since the show’s structure will reflect the improvisational mockumentary elements of Guest’s movies. “It’s very freeing, but very pressured at the moment,” said O’Dowd.

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Dowd’s character, Tom, is a 30-year-old man who has recently lost his job and girlfriend, and goes on a quest for his family identity when he inherits a mysterious box of memorabilia from a great aunt he never met. That story, Guest said, is based on his own experience going through the inherited belongings of his father, who died 16 years ago. Read More »

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UPDATE: HBO’s Christopher Guest Series ‘Family Tree’ Adds To Cast

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 8:26am PDT

UPDATED: Family Tree has added three more recurring guest stars: Matt Griesser as Greg, the American cousin of Chris O’Dowd’s character Tom; Maria Blasucci as Greg’s girlfriend; and Lisa Palfrey as the wife of Tom’s father, played by … Read More »

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HBO And BBC Two Greenlight Christopher Guest Comedy Series Starring Chris O’Dowd

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has given a straight-to-series order to Family Tree, a single-camera comedy from Christopher Guest starring BridesmaidsChris O’Dowd. Written and created by Guest and frequent collaborator Jim Piddock … Read More »

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