HBO Orders Bill Hader Comedy 'Barry' to Series

Marking the premium cabler's first series addition under new programming president Casey Bloys.
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Casey Bloys isn't wasting any time at HBO.

On the job for a week-plus, the new president of programming has handed out a series pickup to Bill Hader comedy series Barry, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Set to shoot in Los Angeles in 2017, Hader penned the script with Alec Berg (Silicon Valley) and also stars, executive produces and directed the pilot. The comedy revolves around Barry (Hader), an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene.

The comedy hails from an overall deal Hader inked with HBO in 2014. Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan and Glenn Fleshler co-star.

Barry marks HBO's latest new comedy offering. It joins Sarah Jessica Parker's upcoming entry Divorce as well as pot comedy High Maintenance, Issa Rae's Insecure, Pete Holmes/Judd Apatow's Crashing and the long-in-the-works Vice Principals, as well as a roster of awards-season darlings including Veep, Girls, Silicon Valley and Ballers.

The move to order Barry to series comes after HBO scrapped plans for a second season of The Brink and canceled Togetherness after two seasons. The end also is near for Lena Dunham's Girls, which will wrap its run with season six in 2017. 

On the pilot side, HBO still has a Sarah Silverman comedyThe Gorburger Show and Dunham's Max in contention on the comedy front.

Bloys was promoted to follow Michael Lombardo as HBO's president of programming in late May after serving as the cabler's head of comedy. 

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