12:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
HBO Adapting T.J. Miller's Alien Puppet Talk Show 'Gorburger'
HBO is ready to give Gorburger a bigger platform.
The premium cable network has ordered to pilot The Gorburger Show, based on the YouTube series of the same name that stars T.J. Miller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Gorburger Show is described as a talk show hosted by a giant blue space monster (voiced by Silicon Valley star Miller) who has invaded a Japanese morning talk show and held its staff hostage as he attempts to understand what it means to be human by interviewing celebrities, musicians, cultural icons — including Moby. The pilot will feature Moby, Ed Helms, Johnny Knoxville and a music collaboration with Danny Brown and Health as well as a new song from Eagles of Death Metal, the latter of whom previously appeared on one of the YouTube episodes.
The potential comedy series will focus on Gorburger (with Miller also serving as the animatronic monster), who crashes into Earth and invades a Japanese morning show, despite only speaking English. He uses its surviving (aka uneaten) crew to host and interview the "most interesting humans: from pop culture, music, art, technology and more. The interview format includes both comedic questions as well as serious fare including "where does all the garbage go?" to "is there a wrong way to kiss your mother?" to "is the overabundance of technology an attempt to connect to other human beings to feel less lonely or a distraction from your imminent mortality?" Subsequent episodes will reveal Gorburger's mission on Earth.
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The series spent two seasons on YouTube. Miller will pen the pilot alongside the Director Brothers/Gorburger creators Josh Martin and Ryan McNeely. Martin and McNeely will also direct the pilot. Miller, Martin, McNeely, 3 Arts' Dave Becky, Funny or Die's Sean Boyle and Mike Farah as well as The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg will exec produce.
Gorburger extends HBO's relationship with Miller, who stars in the sophomore comedy Silicon Valley. Miller next appears alongside Ryan Reynolds in Fox's Deadpool. Miller is repped by CAA, Becky and Jackoway Tyerman. Martin and McNeely are repped by Principato-Young and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
For HBO, Gorburger joins a comedy pilot slate that also includes its projects starring Sarah Silverman, Issa Rae and Whitney Cummings.