After working together on Saturday Night Live, numerous films and even on the website Funny or Die, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have become one of the most highly sought after comedic teams in the business. Basically, everything they work on together – whether it’s producing a film with Gary Sanchez Productions, or writing a new script – ends up finding a life on TV or in a feature film.
So, despite some financial hurdles, it’s no surprise that Anchorman 2 is hitting theatres later this year and it’s also not a big shock that a new comedy series they are co-executive producing will be making it to the small screen later this year as well.
Deadline is reporting that IFC has placed a six-episode order for the Farrell and McKay executive produced comedy series The Spoils of Babylon. The new show is slated to be part of IFC’s “Always On, Slight Off” comedy line-up.
The new series is an adaptation of a pseudo-best-selling novel of the same name written by fictional author Eric Jonrosh, who will be played by Ferrell. The story will follow the dramatic and sexy lives of a wealthy American family who made their fortune in the oil business over several centuries. The rest of the ensemble cast has yet to be named, but based on this premise and who is involved so far, we can be sure to expect more of Ferrell and McKay’s brand of broad, absurdest humor.
Even though Ferrell and McKay always seem to get the green light on projects they develop together, Ferrell was still shocked that this one got picked up.
“This is a crazy and maybe even a stupid idea,” said Ferrell. “IFC is either really courageous or really stupid which makes them the perfect partner for us.”
What’s more likely is that IFC knows Ferrell and McKay bring a built-in audience with them wherever they go. Although Ferrell hasn’t done a ton of TV acting or performing since SNL, and McKay will only be serving as an executive producer on the show, the success they’ve had in the exec producing capacity under Gary Sanchez still bodes well for the IFC series. Ferrell and McKay’s track record with Gary Sanchez, which includes projects such as Eastbound and Down, The Campaign and oddly enough Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, certainly speaks for itself. The duo is also producing a series for NBC with Ann Heche titled Bad Judge, which based just on Ferrell and McKay’s batting average, will likely get picked up too.
We’ll keep our eye on how the project develops as it rounds out the cast, but with six episodes already ordered, Ferrell and McKay fans can call this one a win as long as it boasts the same type of humor they are used to from the duo.
The Spoils of Babylon is expected to debut later this year on IFC.