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‘Documentary Now!’ Clip: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Parody the Maysles Brothers’ ‘Salesman’ in First Look at Season 2

The show returns this fall.

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader in “Documentary Now!”

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After sending up the likes of “Grey Gardens” and “The Thin Blue Line” during its successful first season, “Documentary Now!” is set to return later this year. IFC has released the first clip from this next go-round, which features stars Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a smoke-filled living room as they hawk their wares.

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The scene comes from “Globesmen,” a parody of Albert and David Maysles’ “Salesman” — a landmark of vérité nonfiction filmmaking, also known as direct cinema. The black-and-white aesthetic matches that of the 1968 film, which follows door-to-door Bible salesmen, as Hader tries to sell a globe to a family of four but has that attempt derailed by Armisen’s decision to lewdly draw attention to the family’s 13-year-old daughter.

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Also returning to the show is Helen Mirren, who introduces each episode; one of them, “Juan Likes Chicken and Rice,” will parody “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Season two of “Documentary Now!” will consist of seven episodes in total and premiere this fall.

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