Though Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers are no longer on “Saturday Night Live” together, they still work closely together on the IFC mockumentary series “Documentary Now!” Hosted by Helen Mirren, the series parodies celebrated documentary films by adopting its style and focusing on a fictitious subject. In the first season, the team parodied the Maysles brothers’ “Grey Gardens,” Robert J. Flaherty’s “Nanook of the North,” Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line,” and the recent rock doc “The History of the Eagles.”
The series will return this fall, but before then, they have released a teaser of their first episode back which parodies Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s 1993 political documentary “The War Room,” about Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign for President. “The War Room” mainly follows lead strategist James Carville and communications director George Stephanopoulos during the New Hampshire primary and then later at campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas as they strategize about how to win a tough race. The “Documentary Now!” team parodies that film with “The Bunker,” and re-stages the action to an Ohio gubernatorial campaign with Carville played by Hader and Stephanopoulos played by Armisen. In the clip below, their candidate objects to the morbidity of a new campaign ad.
“Documentary Now!” returns on September 14th at 10 pm Eastern on IFC.
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