IFC Orders Eight Episodes of Denis Leary Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’
IFC just added another scripted comedy to its lineup. The network announced today that it’s ordered eight half-hour episodes of Benders from Denis Leary’s production company Apostle. Previously titled Uncle Chubby’s, the series centers on “several friends bonded by an irrational obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. Their skills may be limited but their passion is not, as evidenced by the chaos hockey creates in their everyday lives. This isn’t fast-paced, brawler-style hockey. It’s the slow motion, falling-down version.” Leary will co-executive produce with creators/writers Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, and production on the series begins this spring. The cast has not yet been announced.