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HBO Picks Up Web Comedy Talk Show ‘The Gorburger Show’ to Pilot

HBO has ordered a pilot for “The Gorburger Show,” based on the Internet talkshow from Funny or DieVariety has learned.

The comedy talkshow is hosted by a giant English-speaking blue space monster.  Voiced by T.J. Miller, Gorburger, who has invaded a Japanese morning talkshow and held the staff hostage, he attempts to understand what it means to be human by interviewing celebrities, musicians and cultural icons, all while trying to not to kill and eat them along the way. Miller also serves as the puppeteer for Gorburger, whose narrative will unfold to reveal his mission on Earth.

Before landing at HBO, the Funny or Die series spent two seasons on YouTube.

The pilot joins another Web-to-television series at the pay cabler,  Vimeo’s “High Maintenance,” which HBO ordered to series with six new episodes.

Miller serves as exec producer and writer with original creators-directors Josh Martin and Ryan McNeely (The Director Brothers). Dave Becky, Funny or Die’s Sean Boyle and Mike Farah, and Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone also exec produce through their Party Over Here banner.

Moby, Ed Helms and Johnny Knoxville are booked for “The Gorburger Show” pilot, which is in production in L.A., along with musical guests Danny Brown and Health, who are collaborating, plus Eagles of Death Metal.

Miller is repped by CAA, Dave Becky at 3 Arts, and attorney Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

Martin and McNeely are repped by Evan Cavic and Tucker Voorhees at Principato-Young, and attorney Lev Ginsburg.

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