IFC wants more “Documentary Now!” and they want it, like, right now. The cable network has renewed the Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen series for two more seasons, marking the first time the comedy channel has picked up additional seasons of a show prior to its debut.
Plus, IFC is adding an additional episode to Season 1, upping the total to seven.
“This two-season renewal ahead of the show’s initial debut is a huge nod to the creative and comedic genius of Fred, Bill and Seth,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president. “We’re immensely proud of what they’ve created alongside Rhys, and thrilled with the buzz and critical acclaim the show is already receiving.”
“Documentary Now!” stars Armisen and Hader and parodies different styles of documentary filmmaking. Paying homage to everyone from the Maysles to Errol Morris, the episodes range from an intimate portrait of socialite mother-daughter feral animal hoarders to a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s first documentary, per IFC. The finale episode, titled “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee,” chronicles a soft rock Chicago band’s rise to fame with their hit album “Catalina Breeze,” which will now run as a two-part episode.
Dame Helen Mirren serves as host of the series, which features appearances by Jack Black, John Slattery, music manager Irving Azoff and “SNL’s” Aidy Bryant, Mike O’Brien, Paula Pell, and Tim Robinson.
“Documentary Now!” is written and executive produced by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers. The series is produced by Broadway Video and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. It is co-created and executive produced by Rhys Thomas and executive produced by Andrew Singer. “SNL’s” Thomas and Alex Buono serve as the show’s directors. John Mulaney serves as consulting producer and Erik Kenward is supervising producer.