IFC orders Garfunkel and Oates series; signs deal with Earwolf to develop more TV shows

It’s not HBO, it’s IFC.

That’s the great news for Garfunkel & Oates, the musical-comedy duo of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, who now have a 10-episode series order from IFC. The series will debut in 2014.

“We are huge fans of Riki and Kate; their humor is fresh and accessible and they’ll be a great fit alongside The Spoils of BabylonPortlandiaMaron and other shows on the horizon,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president and general manager.  “Everyone we work with shares our sensibility and passion for creating authentic comedies, and these new relationships will further complement our expanding roster of original programming.”

The half-hour comedy will follow the duo in their personal and professional lives as they aspire for more and sometimes settle for something else, considering they write and sing dirty satirical songs. Abominal Pictures is producing, with Lindhome, Micucci and Jonathan Stern executive producing.

Lindhome and Micucci previously tried to make a G&O show happen at HBO, which previously had found success with another musical comedy duo in Flight of the Conchords. That G&O HBO pilot instead saw the light last year as a webseries for HBO Digitals. But they hit the right note with IFC.

Which makes sense considering IFC has become a home for the so-called alternative or indie comedy worlds, with series such as Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang!, on the programming roster, and a sketch series from L.A.-based group The Birthday Boys bowing in October.

So it is today that IFC also announced that it’d signed a first-look deal with Earwolf’s new TV productions shingle, and first up in the development mix from them is The Embassy, a project that’d star brilliant character comedian and impersonator James Adomian in a multiple-role concept based in the embassy of the fictional nation of Costa Verde.

IFC also ordered a pilot presentation of American Storage, which follows the unlikely friendship between a storage facility employee and a man who takes up residence in one of the empty units (from the short film by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien), and is currently developing a comedy project with writer/producer Rolin Jones.

Sean L. McCarthy

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