or


[10/10/18 - 12:00 PM]
Owen Wilson and Michael Keaton to Star in Cult-Themed Episode of IFC's "Documentary Now!"
"Batsh*t Valley" follows Father Ra-Shawbard (Wilson), a self-proclaimed spiritual leader who, with the help of his loyal and strong-willed assistant Ra-Sharir (Zadegan), creates a commune of devoted followers in the small town of Chinook, Oregon in the 1980s.

[via press release from IFC]

OWEN WILSON AND MICHAEL KEATON TO STAR IN CULT-THEMED EPISODE OF IFC'S "DOCUMENTARY NOW!"

Two-Part Episode "Batsh*t Valley" to Kick-off Season 3 Premiering Wednesday, February 20 at 10PM

NEW YORK - October 10, 2018 - IFC today announced that Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Owen Wilson (Zoolander) will star alongside Necar Zadegan (Here and Now) in an upcoming two-part episode of Documentary Now!, the Emmy(R)-nominated comedy known for lovingly paying homage to the world of documentaries. The episode titled, "Batsh*t Valley," will headline Season 52's seven-episode lineup, with both parts premiering back-to-back on Wednesday February 20 at 10PM. Documentary Now! is co-created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas and executive produced by Lorne Michaels.

"After years of trying to start a cult of our own, we have happily outsourced the heavy lifting to the brilliant team behind Documentary Now! and they have, as always, delivered," said IFC Original Programming SVP Christine Lubrano. "Seeing these episodes have caused the IFC staff to zealously follow the teachings of Owen Wilson."

Inspired by the Emmy(R)-winning documentary series Wild Wild Country and 2012's feature documentary The Source Family, which both follow counter-cultural, controversial utopian societies that garnered mass followers in the '70s and '80s, "Batsh*t Valley" follows Father Ra-Shawbard (Wilson), a self-proclaimed spiritual leader who, with the help of his loyal and strong-willed assistant Ra-Sharir (Zadegan), creates a commune of devoted followers in the small town of Chinook, Oregon in the 1980s. When the activities of the Shawbardite commune become public, FBI agent Bill Doss (Keaton) takes it upon himself to reveal the truth about their peculiar leader. "Batsh* Valley" is directed by Alex Buono and written by Meyers.

The new title joins the previously announced episodes:

"Waiting for the Artist," starring two-time Academy Award(R)-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Carol), draws inspiration from the 2012 documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present. The episode follows acclaimed performance artist Izabella Barta (Blanchett) as she prepares for a major career retrospective, while reconciling her relationship with her former lover Dimo (Armisen) - an infamous provocateur of the art world. "Waiting for the Artist" is written by Meyers.

"Original Cast Album: Co-op" is inspired by Original Cast Album: Company, the 1970 D.A. Pennebaker documentary that follows the strenuous overnight cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's hit musical. The episode follows producers Benedict Juniper (Taran Killam, Saturday Night Live), Simon Sawyer (John Mulaney, Big Mouth) and Howard Pine (James Urbaniak, Difficult People) overseeing the recording for the cast album of the musical Co-op. The star-studded cast of Co-op includes Kenny (Alex Brightman, Broadway's School of Rock), Larry (Richard Kind, Red Oaks), Patty (Paula Pell, A.P. Bio), and Dee Dee (Renee Elise Goldsberry, Broadway's Hamilton). "Original Cast Album: Co-op" is written by John Mulaney and Meyers.

"Long Gone" pays homage to Bruce Weber's 1988 documentary Let's Get Lost, which traces the tumultuous life and career of American jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Shot on location in Budapest, Hungary, "Long Gone" tells the life story of jazz musician Rex Logan (Armisen) and features those who were most influenced by him, including his girlfriend and vocalist Carla Meola (Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black). "Long Gone" is written by Erik Kenward.

"Any Given Saturday Afternoon," inspired by the 2006 professional bowling documentary League of Ordinary Gentlemen, follows the new maverick head of marketing for the Professional Bowling League, Rob Seger (Kevin Dunn, Veep), through a season on the pro-bowling circuit with top bowlers Billy May Dempsey (Michael C. Hall, Dexter), Rick Kenmore (Tim Robinson, Detroiters) and Larry Hawburger (Bobby Moynihan, Saturday Night Live). "Any Given Saturday Afternoon" is written by Zach Kanin & Robinson.

The twice Emmy(R)-nominated Documentary Now! debuted to rave reviews from critics and quickly became a fan favorite thanks to its insightful take on some of the most well-known documentary films. Each episode, hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, takes viewers back in time to honor groundbreaking documentaries. Guest stars from previous seasons include Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Maya Rudolph, John Slattery and more.

In addition to Armisen, Hader, Meyers, Thomas and Michaels, Documentary Now! is also executive produced by Buono and Broadway Video's Andrew Singer. SNL's Thomas and Buono serve as the show's directors. Mulaney and Kenward return as consulting producers, with Alice Mathias serving as co-executive producer and David Cress, Matt Pacult and Tamsin Rawady serving as producers.

Catch up on Documentary Now! on Netflix and iTunes.

For updates on Documentary Now!, please check out: Website: http://www.ifc.com/shows/documentary-now Twitter: www.twitter.com/ifc Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFCdocumentarynow Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ifc/ Hashtag: #DocumentaryNow

About IFC

IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Series Brockmire, Stan Against Evil, Baroness von Sketch Show and Documentary Now! air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.





  [october 2018]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· DOCUMENTARY NOW! (IFC)





[10/16/18 - 12:02 PM]
Video: Trailer Debut - "The Final Table" - A Global Cooking Competition
The Netflix series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy.

[10/16/18 - 11:31 AM]
Oscar(R) Nominee Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch and Horatio Sanz Join New Showtime(R) Comedy Series "Black Monday"
Julie Hagerty and Vanessa Bell Calloway are also on tap for the newcomer, premiering in January.

[10/16/18 - 11:11 AM]
Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Nominees Christina Ricci and Judith Light Star in "Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story" Premiering January 19
Ricci plays 19th century pioneering journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman who published under the name of Nellie Bly.

[10/16/18 - 10:35 AM]
Country Music Icon Martina McBride Entertains from the Kitchen on New Food Network Series "Martina's Table"
McBride is giving Food Network viewers a glimpse of how she entertains at home, sharing her recipes and cooking tips that make her the queen of the kitchen.

[10/16/18 - 10:24 AM]
Pierce Brosnan to Host 7th Annual "Breakthrough Prize" Ceremony on Sunday, November 4 Live on National Geographic
Hosted by Brosnan, the program will include a tribute to the late, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March 2018.

[10/16/18 - 10:05 AM]
Ovation Acquires U.S. Rights to "Travel Man" from All3Media International for Ovation TV, Ovation NOW, and Travel-Focused AVOD Service, JOURNY
Other titles for Ovation TV and Ovation NOW include "Stealing Van Gogh," "The KAWS Effect," and the arts-themed reality series "Fake or Fortune," "Antiques to the Rescue."

[10/16/18 - 09:18 AM]
Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Set as Series Regulars in "Pennyworth" for Epix and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Based on the Characters from DC
Fletcher and Bennett will portray "Dave Boy" and "Bazza," respectively; both are lifelong friends of Alfred's from their army days serving in the same corps.

[10/16/18 - 09:09 AM]
Ovation Locks in U.S. Broadcast and Digital Rights to Seven Arts & Culture Titles from Sky Vision
The series will air on Ovation's linear arts network Ovation TV, its digital platform Ovation NOW, and/or on the company's cultural-travel streaming service JOURNY.

[10/16/18 - 09:03 AM]
Netflix Original Series "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" Adds to the Vibrant and Diverse World of Modern-Day Barbary Lane
Paul Gross returns to reprise his role with additional series regulars Murray Bartlett, Charlie Barnett, Josiah Victoria Garcia and May Hong.

[10/16/18 - 08:41 AM]
Animal Planet Launches New Global Brand Identity with Global Series Premiere of "Crikey! It's The Irwins" on October 28
The Animal Planet global brand identity will provide a multi-platform experience for every member of the family and begins as a phased rollout on October 28 in the U.S.

[10/16/18 - 08:16 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Once Again Tops Charts for NBC
The Peacock leads the evening in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/16/18 - 08:03 AM]
Video: Featurette Debut - Inside the Bewitching World of Sabrina Spellman
The 10-episode Netflix original series premieres October 26.

[10/16/18 - 07:17 AM]
ESPN's "Monday Night Football": 49ers-Packers Up 38 Percent Year-Over-Year
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, October 15.

[10/16/18 - 06:30 AM]
E! News Gets Candid and Unfiltered with All-New Topical Series "Nightly Pop" Premiering Every Monday Beginning October 29th at 10:30PM ET/PT, Immediately Following "Busy Tonight"
The half hour-long weekly series is hosted by E! personalities Morgan Stewart and Nina Parker, along with social influencer Hunter March.

[10/15/18 - 04:04 PM]
Netflix Orders New Series "Trinkets" Based on Young Adult Novel by Kirsten Smith
When three teenage girls from different corners of the high school cafeteria find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifter's Anonymous meeting, an unlikely friendship forms.