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IFC Orders Second Season of Will Ferrell Satire after 'Earth-Shattering' Success of 'Spoils of Babylon'

Photo of Brandon Latham By Brandon Latham | Indiewire July 7, 2014 at 1:15PM

"Television audiences haven't clamored this much for a second season since 'After M*A*S*H'," joked Matt Piedmont very much in the same tone as his tongue and cheek satire, "The Spoils of Babylon".
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"The Spoils of Babylon" by Eric Jonrosh, the faux source material for IFC's satire.
IFC "The Spoils of Babylon" by Eric Jonrosh, the faux source material for IFC's satire.

"Television audiences haven't clamored this much for a second season since 'After M*A*S*H'," joked Matt Piedmont, very much in the same tone as his tongue and cheek satire, "The Spoils of Babylon." The show, a comedy that unapologetically pokes fun at literary television mini-series, has been ordered for a second season on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) and will be titled "The Spoils Before Dying." 

READ MORE: Why Orson Welles was a Big Influence on IFC's Miniseries Spoof 'The Spoils of Babylon'

"The Spoils of Babylon" aired as a six-episode mini-series directed entirely by Piedmont, which starred Toby Maguire and Kristen Wiig, with featured a slew of other A-listers such as Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba and Michael Sheen. It was created to fully embody the type of show it was satirizing, which a fake backstory about how overlong it was and even with a fake author Eric Jonrosh (played by executive producer Will Ferrell) to introduce the adaptation of his fake book. 

From IFC's synopsis: "'The Spoils Before Dying,' based on Jonrosh’s (Ferrell) first best-selling novel, will take viewers into the seedy underbelly of the 1950s jazz scene, in a detective story positively buzzing with erotic charge. It follows a jazz-pianist turned private eye who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation that spins out of control and leads him down paths -- romantic and otherwise -- he never expected."

It seems the 'Spoils' franchise will continue having fun exposing the melodramatic fare that was the 1970s' mini-series. After all, according to executive producer Adam McKay, "'The Spoils of Babylon' defeated the NFL and 'The Big Bang Theory' in ratings for adults ages 74-92, so of course IFC is going to keep feeding its hungry audience. 

This article is related to: The Spoils of Babylon, IFC, Funny or Die, Matt Piedmont, Will Ferrell, The Spoils Before Dying







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