Get ready for the world's first sitcom about podcasting.
IFC has just given the greenlight for a series based on Marc Maron's hugely popular WTF podcast. The cable channel has already ordered 10 episodes of the show apparently on the strength of the pilot, which screened at the New York Television Festival last Fall.
Hearing the news that WTF was being turned into a television series, I thought for sure that meant it would be a half-hour interview show with comedians and actors, just like the actual podcast. Wrong. Apparently, it's a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style sitcom in which Maron plays himself, the host of a popular podcast, and interacts with his colorful father (played by Ed Asner) and young girlfriend. He'll also interview celebrities, playing themselves (Ken Jeong appears in the pilot), so I guess it's also kind of like The Larry Sanders Show.
This is great news for Maron, who has struggled for years to really break through in mainstream entertainment (though the people at IFC would barf if they knew I was calling them "mainstream"). What this means for the actual WTF podcast, I can't say; it's difficult imagining what it would have been like if HBO was airing The Larry Sanders Show while Garry Shandling was also hosting a legitimate late night talk show. But this is 2012, and the future is now, and everything is meta and post-modern and Y2K and AOL, so, you know, it could work.
The TV version of WTF is expected to make its debut sometime in the Fall, presumably as part of IFC's Friday night lineup of original programming.
(via AV Club)
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