Though Marc Maron has officially wrapped shooting 10 episodes of his semi-autobiographical series Maron for IFC, comedy nerds nationwide will have to wait until June of 2013 to see the first episode. Maron sent out the heartfelt and sentimental announcement today to those on his WTF podcast e-mail list. It reads, in part:
I have to say that it was an amazing experience that I really had given up on ever happening for me. I had genuinely let go of the dream of doing a television show. The fact that I was able to do one with a network that afforded me the freedom to be myself is amazing. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity. The crew was amazing and I really just felt like we were all working together to create something. I never really considered that it was all resting on my shoulders. I think if I did, I would’ve freaked out. All said, I only freaked out like two and half times and they were minor freak outs. They mostly revolved around shirts I thought were too tight. Not about the fact that we were shooting nine to 15 pages of script a day and I was in every scene.
The pilot for the single-camera series first screened at the New York Television Festival in September of 2011. In March, Laughspin broke the news that IFC had ordered 10 episodes, produced through Fox Television Studios and Apostle. The show centers around 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, you’ll recognize all of these concepts.
Thirty-one year old Nora Zehetner, who’s had recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy (Dr. Reed Adamson) and on Heroes (Eden McCain) plays Maron’s girlfriend in three episodes. Judd Hirsch plays Maron’s father in two episodes while Sally Kellerman (aka Hot Lips Houlihan from M*A*S*H) plays Maron’s mother in an episode. And Josh Brener (Glory Daze) plays Maron’s assistant in three episodes.
In addition to the above players, I can tell you there will be a seemingly unending list of comedy types dropping by for guest roles or to play themselves. We’ll let you know all about it when the time is right.
Maron’s showrunners are Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin; executive producers are Maron, Denis Leary, Jim Serpico, Olivia Wingate and Duncan Birmingham. Luke Matheny (who won an Oscar last year for his short film God of Love) and Bobcat Goldthwait directed four episodes each; veteran television and film producer Rob Cohen directed two episodes.
“Now I get to see if anyone likes it,” Maron continues in his e-mail today. “We are editing now and I am a bit surprised at how personal it all is but what else did I expect me to do. The air date as it stands now is June 2013. I wish to hell it was sooner but that seems to be out of my control. I let you know how the edits are coming along. I couldn’t have done it without all of you.”