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Christopher Guest is Working on a TV Comedy Called 'Family Tree'

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire May 23, 2012 at 11:29AM

Christopher Guest hasn't directed a film since 2006's awards-season satire "For Your Consideration," but according to Vulture, he's got a new project in the works -- and it's for TV. The site's reporting that Guest is collaborating with Jim Piddock, who played Simon Whitset in "For Your Consideration," Leonard Crabbe in "A Mighty Wind" and Trevor Beckwith in "Best in Show," on a potential new series called "Family Tree" that will, like Guest's other work, be an improvised comedy:
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Christopher Guest's 'For Your Consideration'
Warner Independent Pictures Christopher Guest's 'For Your Consideration'

Christopher Guest hasn't directed a film since 2006's awards-season satire "For Your Consideration," but according to Vulture, he's got a new project in the works -- and it's for TV. The site's reporting that Guest is collaborating with Jim Piddock, who played Simon Whitset in "For Your Consideration," Leonard Crabbe in "A Mighty Wind" and Trevor Beckwith in "Best in Show," on a potential new series called "Family Tree" that will, like Guest's other work, be an improvised comedy:

It follows the efforts of one man — in this case, Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd — as he attempts to track down his real family. Our spies tell us that Piddock and Guest want to do their half-hour show both largely improvised and commercial-free, à la Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and so NBCUniversal International Television is shopping the project to various pay services like HBO, Showtime, and even Netflix.

Chris O'Dowd is definitely having a moment right now (the Irish actor best known across the pond as Roy from Channel 4's "The IT Crowd" is in "The Sapphires," which just debuted at Cannes) , and seems like a great fit for Guest's style. One can only hope that this project finds a home and actually happens -- Guest needs a better platform than the odd Oscar sketch about focus groups:

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Christopher Guest, Chris O'Dowd







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