IFC is cooking up a new comedy series “Todd Barth Can Help You,” co-created by Bryan Cranston and Steven Weber, with Weber on board to star.
The AMC Networks outlet unveiled that project and seven other development prospects at its luncheon upfront presentation in New York on Thursday. The cabler is also investing more in digital series, some of which will get an on-air showcase in latenight under the “Comedy Crib” brand.
“Todd Barth” revolves around a conservative insurance adjuster who decides to change his life and become a self-help guru. Cranston created the series with Weber and Clay Graham. Graham is writing and exec producing with Cranston, Weber and James Degus of Cranston’s Moonshot Entertainment banner.
“This Land is Ours” follows a group of anarchist squatters who take over an abandoned row house in Harlem. The project was created by Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan (HBO’s “Getting On”) and hails from Merman, the production banner headed by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford. Horgan is known to IFC viewers from the series “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” and is now generating raves as the co-star of Amazon’s “Catastrophe.”
During the upfront presentation, IFC president Jennifer Caserta and IFC marketing chief Blake Callaway showed off previews of the new seasons of “Documentary Now” and “Maron.” The fourth season of Marc Maron’s autobiographical comedy will veer into fictional territory as the character finds himself unemployed, homeless and struggling with addiction.
IFC execs also talked up two upcoming series: Hank Azaria’s “Brockmire” and John C. McGinley’s “Stan Against Evil.” Azaria was on hand to give attendees a taste of the cracked Jim Brockmire baseball announcer character that he’s been doing since he was a teenager. McGinley said the horror-comedy “Stan Against Evil” from writer Dana Gould, about a man who is protected from evil by his dead wife, was among the most distinctive scripts he’d ever received. And Seth Meyers gave a shout-out to IFC for supporting “Documentary Now,” his labor of love parody project with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader.
“These projects reflect our mission to make great content with cool people,” Caserta said.
Other development projects at IFC:
The 1970s punk scene comes to rough and fumbling life when Terry, a young music aficionado flees Texas and moves into the run-down, cockroach-infested Canterbury Apartments, in the heart of Hollywood. Terry and his rowdy female musician roommates sleep all day and make music and mayhem all night at Hollywood’s first punk rock club, as they try to break into the music industry. Created by Allison Anders (Mi Vida Loca, Grace Of My Heart) and Terry Graham (drummer for seminal punk band The Bags, Gun Club and author of Punk Like Me).
A film noir inspired comedy following female detective, Annie, who solves crimes in the hamlet of Sicily, USA. She is a rebel crime solver with a bit of a drinking problem, a new partner to contend with, and some family history to unravel before it tears her apart. Created by Kelly Galuska, who has worked on Bojack Horseman and Mom, and was recently nominated for a WGA Award for her individual episode of Bojack Horseman.
HOW TO RIG AN ELECTION
Based on the book “How to Rig An Election” by former political consultant Allen Raymond, the series explores the astonishingly dark underbelly of political campaigning. Written and executive produced by Tom Ruprecht (Late Night with David Letterman, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore).
A dark comedy about two female best friends who wish nothing but the worst for each other. They share a murderous secret that most days takes a back seat to the everyday drama of their disappointing adult children, small town politics and an annoying, yet charming, ex-husband. Grand Lake is created by WGA award-winning Gretchen Enders (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street) and produced by the Academy Award-winning A24 (Room, Amy).
LAUGHS IN TRANSLATION
Based on the Above Average webseries that starred SNL alum Brooks Wheelan, this series is a fish out of water travel show that explores what different people around the world find funny and why. With local comedians as guides, the host will travel the world to find out if anything is universally funny or if some humor is just lost in translation.
LIVING WITH YOURSELF
A burned-out copywriter undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person, only to find his worst enemy is himself. Told through multiple perspectives and intersecting storylines, this inventive philosophical comedy asks: do we really want to be better? Created by Emmy and Peabody award-winning Tim Greenberg (Daily Show) and executive produced by Anthony Bregman (Foxcatcher, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Jeffrey Stern of Likely Story. Jeff Blitz (Review, The Office) is attached to direct and executive produce.