Prepare yourselves -- Christopher Guest is coming to television. The famed mockumentary director of films such as 'A Mighty Wind,' 'Waiting for Guffman,' and 'Best in Show,' has nabbed his own HBO series, 'Family Tree.'
Like Guest's films (and not unlike NBC's The Office), 'Family Tree' is a single-camera mockumentary, which likely means that there will be interview segments as well. The series follows 30-year-old Tom Chadwick, who recently lost his job and girlfriend. Tom's subsequent existential crisis is interrupted when he receives a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt he never met. He decides to start searching through his family lineage, finding out more and more about his distant family members and their zany characters and stories.
The series will star Chris O'Dowd as Tom. O'Dowd is perhaps best known for his starring role in the British sitcom The IT Crowd. He also starred in last year's hit comedy film Bridesmaids.
Guest, in addition to writing and directing the series, will also act, much as he's done with his previous films. Jim Piddock, who co-created the series, will also have an acting role in the series.
'Family Tree' was given a straight-to-series order, meaning that it'll be on our screens sometime next year. If the idea of a weekly Christopher Guest series doesn't make you happy, you obviously haven't seen any Christopher Guest films. Go ahead, go check out 'For Your Consideration.' We'll wait.
No word yet on whether the series will include frequent Guest collaborators like Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, or John Michael Higgens (Arrested Development), but we hope it has them all.
The series, produced by British company A Lucky Giant, will also air in the UK on BBC Two. This arrangement is rather similar to the treatment of the HBO/BBC Two comedy series Life's Too Short.