IFC greenlights Marc Maron show straight to series (Exclusive)

By | March 17, 2012 at 10:39 am | 18 comments | feature slider, News | Tags: ,

UPDATE: March 20, 8:30 pm EST: IFC confirms at the network’s up-front presentation in New York that Marc Maron’s show — tentatively titled Maron — has been picked up as a full series. IFC’s description of the show is below:

Marc Maron has been a comedian for 25 years. He’s had his problems. He was an angry, drunk, self-involved, twice divorced compulsive mess for most of his adult life, but with the popularity of a podcast he does in his garage and a life of sobriety, his life and career are turning around.

MARON explores a fictionalized version of Marc’s life, his relationships, and his career, including his incredibly popular WTF podcast, which features conversations Marc conducts with celebrities and fellow comedians. Neurosis intact, Maron is uniquely fascinating, absolutely compelling and brutally funny.

Produced for IFC by Fox Television Studios and Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle, MARON (wt) is directed by Oscar® winning director Luke Matheny (God of Love) and executive produced by Marc Maron, Denis Leary, Jim Serpico, Olivia Wingate, and Duncan Birmingham, who also serves as
the series’ writer.

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Marc Maron’s single-camera, semi-autobiographical pilot, screened at the New York Television Festival in September, will become a full-fledged series on IFC. The network is expected to make the official announcement at Tuesday’s up-front presentation in New York City, according to insiders.

We’re hearing the network that boasts Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s Portlandia and David Cross’ The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, have ordered 10 episodes of Maron’s show. Having been impressed with the pilot screening, IFC ordered it straight to series, without re-shooting the pilot. The series, produced through Fox Television Studios, is expected to premiere next Fall. There’s no word on casting as of yet.

The pilot, co-written by Maron and Duncan Birmingham centers around Maron, a guy who records a podcast from his garage dealing with that reality while trying to navigate his tense relationship with his much-younger girlfriend. If you know Maron or his hugely successful podcast WTF, you’ll recognize all of these concepts. In the pilot Ed Asner plays Maron’s vitamin-pushing, bi-polar father. Community star Ken Jeong plays himself as a guest on the podcast. UCB LA’s Angela Trimbur plays Maron’s girlfriend and comedians Sean Patton and W. Kamau Bell also make appearances. The episode was directed by Academy Award-winning Luke Matheny.

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