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HBO Cancels 'Family Tree' and 'Hello Ladies'

HBO has canceled a couple of its new comedy series. THR reports that Family Tree, starring Chris O'Dowd and co-created by Christopher Guest, and Hello Ladies, starring and co-created by Stephen Merchant, have been canceled by the pay-cable network. Both shows aired their eight episode first (and only) seasons last year. Hello Ladies will, however, have one final special episode.

While these two shows have been canceled, HBO is in talks to renew its comedy Getting On for a second season. An adaptation of the UK show of the same name, Getting On stars Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Laurie Metcalf as a trio of nurses at a geriatric [...]

Christopher Guest Teases a Spinal Tap 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2014

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap's release, and in a new interview, Christopher Guest, teased the possibility of some sort of a reunion in 2014. When asked by The Guardian if there are plans for a Spinal Tap reunion soon, Guest replied, "We get asked to do shows on a regular basis. But what I will say is that we're in the midst of talking about something for next year…" Guest also reflected on all of the things the fake band has accomplished over the last three decades, saying, "Since the film 30 years ago we've gone on tour, playing Wembley, the Albert [...]

Christopher Guest Casts Three New People in HBO Series, None of Whom Are Eugene Levy or Catherine O'Hara

Christopher Guest has added three new people to the cast of his HBO series Family Tree. The show will be his return to writing/directing after six years away that's expected to run 8 episodes on HBO and BBC Two next year. Deadline reports that Nina Conti (Four Your Consideration) and UK actor Tom Bennett will be regulars on the series, whereas Amy Seimertz (Tiny Furniture) has been hired for a recurring role. As previously reported, the show centers around Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd as a guy who sets off on a journey to learn more about his family after getting fired and dumped. Christopher Guest regulars Michael McKean, [...]

Christopher Guest Is Working on a Television Show

Christopher Guest has been mostly inactive since 2006's For Your Consideration but that is about to change. It's being reported that Guest is working with Jim Piddock to create a television show. Television seems like a natural fit for the Guest and his ability to create completely lived-in worlds for his characters. The hope is to have it run commercial-free on a network like HBO or Showtime, or maybe even Netflix.  Entitled Family Tree, the show will be primarily improvised and will about a man, played by Chris O'Dowd, tracking down his real family. They are going to need do a lot of prosthetic eyebrow work on O'Dowd [...]

Christopher Guest to Turn Mockumentary Sights on Retro Collectors

Christopher Guest's next mockumentary focus: retro collectors: "Christopher Guest and his Spinal Tap brothers Harry Shearer and Michael McKean (who have been touring together recently) want to bring the world of collecting to the big screen. We're not talking only about the regular 'collector's item' sort of fare, but 'people who ferret out such things as old comic books, Barbie dolls, vintage magazine ads, vinyl 45-rpm singles, or even — ick! — Charles Manson song lyrics written on Kleenex.'"

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: The Complete First Season of 'Family Tree' on DVD

Having turned 30 with no job, no wife and no real idea of what his heck future holds, the very loserish lethargic but equally likable Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) decides to look way way into his past to "find himself." This highly improvised half-hour HBO comedy follows Tom as he investigates his ancestry after he inherits a very mysterious box that belonged to his great aunt. As Tom's passion for his genealogy grows, he uncovers a world of unusual stories, a cast of eccentric family members with serious issues and a growing sense of who he really is. Family Tree is another mockumentary baby from comedy genius Christopher [...]

Watch the Trailer for Christopher Guest's New HBO Show 'Family Tree'

Here's a short teaser trailer for Family Tree, a new HBO series from Christopher Guest that stars Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) as a guy trying to track down his parents. It's the first show/movie we've seen from Christopher Guest in seven years, since the movie For Your Consideration in 2006. Christopher Guest regulars Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Ed Begley Jr. will appear in guest starring and recurring roles, along with people who haven't worked with Christopher Guest, I assume.

Christopher Guest Casts His New Comedy with Exactly Who You'd Expect Him to Cast

It’s been six long years since Christopher Guest’s last comedy, For Your Consideration, but he’s finally back behind the camera for a new HBO/BBC2 series called Family Tree, which sees Guest working in the mockumentary format that he’s done so well with in the past. The Hollywood Reporter, um, reports that Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr., all members of the Christopher Guest Repertory Company, have signed on for recurring roles, which begs the question: “Where are Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, and Catherine O’Hara?”

It was announced last month that Family Tree would center around Tom Chadwick (played by Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd), who, after getting fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Christopher Guest (1984-1985)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

In the final year before Lorne Michaels returned to save SNL, NBC producer Dick Ebersol replaced the recently departed Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo (and fired cast members like Brad Hall and Tim Kazurinsky) with ringers like Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Martin Short, and Christopher Guest, who was not only known for his work on The National Lampoon Radio Hour but for his role [...]

Aziz Ansari, Christopher Guest, Aubrey Plaza, and More to Appear at New Yorker Fest 2013

The New Yorker just announced the lineup for the 2013 New Yorker Festival, and there's plenty of stuff for comedy fans. The event, which is held from October 4th-6th in, um, New York, will feature an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new hour special Buried Alive followed by a conversation between Ansari and New Yorker writer Andy Borowitz, a Funny or Die sketch show hosted by Billy Eichner, a panel on television and politics with Armando Iannucci, W. Kamau Bell and some non-comedy people; and a panel on improvisation with Christopher Guest, Aubrey Plaza, Horatio Sanz, and Rachel Dratch. Head on over to the official website for ticket [...]

Christopher Guest on His New HBO Series 'Family Tree'

Christopher Guest's new HBO/BBC2 series Family Tree is set to debut this spring, starring Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd as a guy traveling the world to investigate his family lineage. Christopher Guest regulars Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., and Guest, himself, will be making appearances throughout the first season. HBO passed the following interview with Guest along to us, in which he discusses his move to TV, how he researched the series, and why he always works with the same actors:

HBO: You are well-known for feature films such as Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, and A Mighty Wind. What led to your conceiving a TV series?

Christopher Guest: I thought [...]

Christopher Guest's New Show a Welcome Guest on HBO

HBO in conjunction with BBC Two has agreed to deal with Christopher Guest for his show Family Tree. The show will go straight to its first season without having to go through the pilot process, which must be pretty nice for CG. The show, which was created by Guest and Jim Piddock, stars Chris O'Dowd as Tom Chadwick, a 30-year-old who, after losing his job and girlfriend, inherits a box of belongings from a great aunt, which starts him off on a journey to learn more about his bizarre family. That sure sounds like a TV show, right? It just is so TV showy, what with its protagonist [...]

Christopher Guest Directed Groupon's Gross "Tibet" Ad

So you know those god-awful Groupon commercials that made light of the suffering in Tibet? That whole campaign was directed by…Christopher Guest. Buh?