Let it be known that I never saw 'This Is Spinal Tap' prior to the 30th anniversary screening at the New York Film Festival late Wednesday night. I was aware of Christopher Guest (the six-fingered man, obviously) and his work with Michael McKean creating films centered on different musical genres -- 'This Is Spinal Tap,' 'A Mighty Wind' and 'Waiting for Guffman' -- but I still hadn't seen the first of them. I felt like an adolescent teen trying to fit in with the rest of the cool kids who laughed at nearly every joke and applauded for familiar scenes and faces. ("The numbers go all the way to 11!")
Boy, that HBO sure doesn't worry about burning a hole in its original programming slate, does it? In the same year that promises an end to 'True Blood,' 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'The Newsroom,' HBO has officially canceled future seasons of Stephen Merchant's dramedy 'Hello Ladies,' as well as Christopher Guest's 'Family Tree.' Do any of HBO's off-season shows have future seasons ahead?
Along with a fresh episode of 'Game of Thrones' and a sneak peek of Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming Liberace biopic 'Behind the Candelabra,' HBO also gave us our first full trailer for acclaimed mockumentarian Christoger Guest's first ongoing TV series 'Family Tree.' The new series from the 'Best in Show' director features 'Girls' and 'This is 40' star Chris O'Dowd in the lead role, along with a number of Christopher Guest favorites, so check out the full trailer inside!
It's been a banner weekend for HBO, what with three new trailers for 'Game of Thrones' season 3, the 'Girls' season 2 finale and a fresh trailer for 'Veep' season 2, but the pay-cable network isn't done yet. The latest buzzing HBO project to deliver a first look is none other than acclaimed mockumentarian Christopher Guest's new series 'Family Tree,' premiering in May with 'Bridesmaids' and 'Girls' star Chris O'Dowd in the lead. Check out the trailer for Christopher Guest's first TV series 'Family Tree' inside!
It's that wonderful time of the year known as the Television Critics Association press tours, where all manner of show-runners, producers and stars sit down to discuss their respective series with press. One upcoming gem we know to be arriving sometime in early 2013 is that of Christopher Guest's new HBO TV series 'Family Tree,' starring 'Bridesmaids' and 'Girls' actor Chris O'Dowd as a man learning about his family, but what new details did Christopher Guest himself bring to the tour?
It's no secret that certain directors have a stable of actors they work with in an almost religious capacity. Tim Burton can't seem to do anything without Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, Wes Anderson has Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, and so on, and so forth. So when HBO announced that famed mockumentary director Christopher Guest was to develop his own series, was it any surprise that Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. would eventually be on board as well?
The prospect sure seemed surprising when it was first announced that writer/director Christopher Guest was looking to take his talents to TV, but now it's been set in stone that the 'Best in Show' director will develop a new comedy for cable. Guest's 'Family Tree' will hit the airwaves sometime in the near future, but what network opted to pick up the series, and who have they gotten to star in the project?
Christopher Guest isn't a name that comes to mind when one thinks TV, what with the British director being best known for his witty satires in film, most recently the film 'For Your Consideration,' but that may change within the next few years. So what, if anything, could have possibly driven the famous director to television?
Though it arguably started with Rob Reiner's 'This is Spinal Tap,' the mock-documentary comedy got a shot in the arm when 'Tap' co-star Christopher Guest used it again when he co-wrote and directed 1996's 'Waiting for Guffman.' Such led to three films that used the same style and much of the same cast . That format eventually took hold in television, and - as 'Guffman' co-writer Eugene Levy has recently said - it's so prevalent that they have no plans to make another.