Comedian and director Christopher Guest -- the man behind Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind, plus one third of Spinal Tap -- is reportedly shopping a new improvisational comedy to pay cable channels and Netflix.
The show, which is produced through NBC Universal, is tentatively called Family Tree and would star Chris O'Dowd (of Bridesmaids and The IT Crowd) as a man in search of his real family. In the spirit of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, the show would be heavily improvised -- which is no stretch for Guest, whose movies have often been made using the same format.
If the show is picked up, this would mark the first time Guest has worked in television since the 1984-84 season of Saturday Night Live, when he was a writer and cast member alongside Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer and Martin Short. His return would be a welcome one.
I have to believe some TV executive is smart enough to buy a show from Christopher Guest, but that remains to be seen.
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