Christopher Guest's HBO Show Has a Trailer, Fred Willard Buffoonery

March 19, 2013


Neglectful of his duties since 2006's middling For Your Consideration, Christopher Guest at last returns to his sworn task of making Fred Willard look like a jackass with Family Tree. This time, Guest's usual mockumentary approach has been stretched out into an HBO series, which follows a dumped and unemployed 30-something (Chris O'Dowd) channeling depression into an international journey to research his family's heritage. Naturally, with Guest at the helm, it turns out that heritage includes Willard, Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Bob Balaban, Don Lake, and, thus far, a worrisome lack of Eugene Levy. But he'll probably show up later in the series. Or he'll show up pounding on the glass from inside your television, his greed having resulted in a Tales from the Crypt-esque ending where he now only exists within the American Pie universe. Either way, can't wait to see him!

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