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2014-15 Upfront

IFC Has a New Documentary Parody Show From SNL Alums

  • March 20, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT
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IFC announced its upfront slate just shy of this evening's presentation in Manhattan. The agenda for the 2014-15 season (or the cable equivalent thereof) includes American Documentary, a new series created by Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader; as well as a scripted half-hour called American Storage, created by Children's Hospital showrunner Rob Huebel.

SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels will produce American Documentary, which the network says will be shot "on location" with a first season of six half-hour episodes as it explores the lives of fictional people in presumably real places. 

The network also has shows in the works with Community star Joel McHale and The Office's Teri Weinberg, but advertisers will probably be most pleased to hear about a new live awards show with CollegeHumor—the Comedy Music Awards. As cable networks struggle to compete in an artistically fertile landscape, live events remain one of the last bastions of reliable ratings-getting programming, and awards shows also tend to lend themselves to integrations, even when, as in this case, the show itself is a parody of an awards show with over-the-top performances (or perhaps merely intentionally over-the-top performances).

Complementary components will include music videos and interactive digital features for the audience during the show.

Armisen's other show on the network, IFC's flagship series Portlandia, will return in 2015, the network said. Also among the renewals was the Ben Stiller/ Bob Odenkirk-produced The Birthday Boys, a sketch comedy show that premiered in 2013.