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Documentary Now is set to parody The Kid Stays in the Picture.
The critically acclaimed IFC docu-parody series is underway on its second season, and creators Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are expected to reveal at their Emmy panel Friday evening that they’ll be taking on the 2002 film during season two. The film famously traces the meteoric rise, fall and rise of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans.
The two-part episode, titled Mr. Runner Up, will follow a similar aging producer in the cutthroat movie business giving an account of his rocky Hollywood career and his elusive quest for the industry’s top prize. Hader is set to play the Evans-esque character.
Mr. Runner Up joins three other season two titles previously announced at the cable net’s upfront presentation in April. There’s The Bunker, which will parody 1993 political documentary The War Room with James Carville and George Stephanopoulos skewering the insane world of ’90s politics; Globesmen, which takes on the 1968 Maysles Brothers’ documentary Salesman that followed a wearied quartet of door-to-door Bible salesmen; and Juan Likes Rice and Chicken, a satirical take on the 2011 doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
The series’ first season, which wrapped in September 2015, parodied such famed docs as The Thin Blue Line and Grey Gardens. IFC, which granted the series an additional two-season renewal before its first premiered, will announce the two remaining season two episode names and inspirations closer to air this fall.
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