IFC picks up two Judd Apatow series


Continuing to build on its strategy of showcasing off-center comedies that appeal to young males, IFC has picked up the complete series of Judd Apatow's Emmy-winning high school comedy "Freaks and Geeks" (which ran for only 18 episodes) and college show "Undeclared" (17 episodes) from Paramount Pictures.

The two cult TV hits helped launch the careers of Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel.

"Freaks and Geeks" will premiere on IFC on Friday at 11 p.m., and encore on Mondays at 11 p.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m. "Undeclared" will debut on IFC this fall. A previously unaired episode of "Undeclared" will make its U.S. TV debut on IFC.

"These acquisitions help further solidify IFC as the destination for programming that shares an off-kilter sensibility with its audience, particularly within the comedy genre," said IFC exec VP and general manager Jennifer Caserta. "Judd Apatow is a comedic genius with a loyal fan base of young men. This same audience comes to IFC for new and rescued shows they can't find anywhere else."
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