IFC has ordered a follow-up to “The Spoils of Babylon,” its bizarre, star-studded and bizarrely star-studded parody miniseries.
The original “Spoils,” which aired this year, found A-listers like Tobey Maguire and Kristen Wiig in a love triangle with a mannequin in the service of Eric Jonrosh, a drunken author played by Will Ferrell. “Spoils of Babylon” was presented as an extremely low-budget adaption of his book of the same name, and Ferrell introduced each never-before-seen segment. Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba and Michael Sheen also starred.
The new miniseries, based on Jonrosh’s first book, “The Spoils Before Dying,” follows a jazz-pianist turned private eye who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation that spins wildly — and romantically — out of control.
The sequel/literary prequel event will premiere in summer 2015 with six episodes and a new all-star cast led by Ferrell.
“The Spoils Before Dying” is executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont return as writers, with Piedmont also directing.
“With IFC’s renewed partnership with Funny or Die, Eric Jonrosh and his most-prized works will continue to entertain and enthrall audiences for generations to come,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president.
“Hang on to your hats America! This one’s going to be totally bonkers!” said Ferrell.
Piedmont added: “Television audiences haven’t clamored this much for a second season since After M*A*S*H*.”
“Eric Jonrosh is a drunk who urinated in my sink when he came to our house for dinner, but damn he writes great miniseries,” said Steele.
McKay concluded: “The first ‘Spoils’ mini-series beat the NFL and ‘Big Bang Theory’ in ratings (adults: ages 74-92) and changed the way Americans talk, think and prepare meat. We anticipate this new series from Jonrosh with Steele and Piedmont becoming the most watched television event in the history of earth.”