HBO Orders Documentary-Style Comedy Series From Christopher Guest, With ‘Bridesmaids’ Actor to Star

Aug 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

HBO is in business with the man behind a string of mockumentaries including “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “Waiting for Guffman,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The network gave a straight-to-series order to Christopher Guest’s documentary-style “Family Tree,” with Chris O’Dowd of “Bridesmaids" set to star.

THR reports: “The project centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (O’Dowd) who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters — as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are.”

The project comes from Guest and his partner Jim Piddock, with both men to exec produce and also expected to appear in the show. Casting is set to begin right away, with Guest to direct the show. The series reportedly has the same distinctive tone that characterizes Guest’s feature mockumentaries.

The report adds: “The network has ordered eight episodes of the single-camera half-hour effort, which will air simultaneously on the BBC 2 in the U.K. It is produced by NBC Universal International TV’s Lucky Giant Productions’ Guest, Piddock and Karen Murphy.”

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