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IFC is doubling down on Brockmire.
The network has renewed the comedy starring Hank Azaria for a second season. Eight new 30-minute episodes are slated to debut in 2018. The series, which also stars Amanda Peet and Tyrel Jackson Williams, hails from Funny or Die.
Brockmire follows Jim Brockmire (Azaria), a famed major league baseball announcer who suffered a notorious public breakdown after stumbling upon his wife’s infidelity — a breakdown so bad in fact that “Brutal Brockmire” becomes a viral Internet meme. The series picks up a decade later as Brockmire looks to reclaim his career, reputation and love life. It originally appeared as a viral short video on Funny or Die.
The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable), directed by Tim Kirkby (Veep) and executive produced by Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby and Funny or Die’s Mike Farah, Joe Farrell and Anna Wenger.
“We love everything about Brockmire — from the writing, to the cast, to all the sports puns we get to use,” said IFC president Jennifer Caserta. “The show has already gotten an amazing reception from fans and critics alike, and we are thrilled to be ‘keeping it Brockmire’ with our partners at Funny or Die and Hank Azaria for another season on IFC.”
Added Azaria, “This show is the most fun I’ve ever had. Well, the most fun I’ve ever had while working, anyway. It is truly my favorite thing I’ve ever done. Well, while being filmed, that is. Thanks to IFC for letting us do whatever we wanted to. Well, mostly.”
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