Bill Hader’s Hitman Comedy “Barry” Ordered to Series at HBO
This will be the first time that Hader stars, executive produces, writes, and directs.
Bill Hader will star in HBO’s latest comedy series that comes from both Alec Berg (who’s worked on many of your favorite comedies between Seinfeld to Silicon Valley).
Called Barry, Hader will be a hitman who has grown weary of the hitman life and finds his way into theater and becoming an actor.
Comedy where a hitman is trying to transition into a new life sounds like rich territory for Bill and the supporting cast of Stephen Root and Henry Winkler should be icing on the cake here.
HBO Orders Pilot of Bill Hader Hitman Comedy “Barry”
Bill Hader as a lonely hitman finding himself amongst theater folk in LA might just be good enough for a greenlight as far as we’re concerned.
While Veep and Girls are getting into their latter seasons, HBO is readying itself for its next few comedy series in the years to come. The Duplass Brothers’ Animals is set to premiere at the end of the month and adding a pilot of Hader starring in a hitman comedy sounds like a pretty great addition to their development slate.
The project, Barry, was co-written by Hader and Alec Berg, who we hope you know from Silicon Valley and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and we sincerely hope that it makes it air just to see what the two have cooking.
Festivus Was a Real Thing Created by a Seinfeld Writer’s Dad
Though it wasn’t quite like the Festivus that we all have come to know and love.
Festivus is the holiday celebration that offers though that are put off by most other traditional holiday season celebrations incepted by Seinfeld several years ago. As it turns out, the celebration had source material in Seinfeld writer Dan O’Keefe’s father Daniel O’Keefe, which the imaginations of fellow writers Alec Berg and Jeff Schaeffer ran wild with.
Daniel O’Keefe did made up the inclusive Festivus, which did have an airing of grievances, but a much more sobering vibe than the Festivus presented on Seinfeld as there were no feats of strength.
Point to truth being stranger than fiction.
Watch THR’s Roundtable Discussion with Showrunners of Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Black-ish, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, and Modern Family
You can not only get into the headspace of many today’s top comedy showrunners, but what their headspace is like when they’re all in a room together.
Jill Soloway of Transparent, Robert Carlock of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kenya Barris of Black-ish, Alec Berg of Silicon Valley, Jay Duplass of Togetherness, and Steve Levitan of Modern Family all came together to sit and chat at The Hollywood Reporter’s fascinating roundtable discussions about their shows and how they fit into the booming and constantly evolving landscape of television.
As you’ll see, there are plenty of the reasons that each one of these shows with these folks at the helm are successful.
Watch the hour long discussion here.