Each of six episodes in the series, created by the “Saturday Night Live” alums, will spoof a revered film like “Grey Gardens” and “The Thin Blue Line.” Armisen and Hader star in the series, which was originally called “American Documentary.” There are also guest appearances from Jack Black, John Slattery, music manager Irving Azoff and “SNL’s” Aidy Bryant, Mike O’Brien, Paula Pell and Tim Robinson.
“We’re all fans of documentary film, and this allows us to use that love of documentary film and combine it with comedy to present a sort of unique take on the form,” said Armisen, Hader and Meyers in a joint statement.
The three also serve as executive producers and writers. “Documentary Now!” is produced by Broadway Video and exec produced by Lorne Michaels. The show is also exec produced by Rhys Thomas and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. Thomas and Alex Buono serve as the show’s directors. John Mulaney serves as consulting producer, and Erik Kenward is supervising producer.
“Having the powerhouse trio of Fred, Bill and Seth putting their spin on documentaries is historic in and of itself,” said Jennifer Caserta, president of IFC. “No one else could create such ridiculous authenticity, truth and comedy.”
This is the latest in a series of spoofs on narrative tropes that “SNL” alums have taken to IFC. In 2014, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig starred in the parody of epic TV sagas “The Spoils of Babylon,” which was produced by Ferrell’s Funny or Die. IFC will soon air its follow-up, “The Spoils Before Dying.”
“Documentary Now!” premieres at 10 p.m. August 20 on IFC.
The episode title and descriptions are:
Sandy Passage: Examination of mother and daughter socialites that create a self-imposed world in a dilapidated mansion.
Dronez: Guerrilla-style journalists travel to Mexico to investigate a drug cartel.
Blue Jean Committee: Classic rock ‘n’ roll story of fame, fighting and making music history.
Kunuk Uncovered: Exposé on the world’s first documentary about the Inuit.
Al Capone Festival in Iceland: Exploration of an Icelandic town’s festival celebrating an American gangster.
Under 45 Seconds: Crime mystery about a man sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit.