It’s been six years–and counting–since Christopher Guest directed one of his improvisation-friendly, mockumentaries. But there is a sliver of hope in the form of a TV show, to air on HBO and BBC Two, starring “Bridesmaids'” immensely likable Chris O’Dowd.
Working with Jim Piddock, Guest will write and direct “Family Tree,” which Deadline Hollywood refers to as a “documentary-style comedy.” Intrigued? Here’s more:
[The show] follows the world and journey of 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (O’Dowd). Having recently lost his job and girlfriend, Tom has a rather unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt that he never met, he starts investigating his family lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters and a growing sense of who he is and who his real family are. Like he does with his movies, Guest will appear on the show along with Piddock, who had roles in Guest’s three most recent features, “For Your Consideration,” “A Mighty Wind,” and “Best In Show.” The two will executive produce the series with Karen Murphy, who has produced all of Guest’s films.
This sounds great. My DVD copy of “Waiting for Guffman” is on the verge of being replaced.