IFC is adding two new original comedy series to its fall-slate, the events started this week with the new original series “Benders” and “Gigi Does It” (aka “Gigi’s Bucket List”). The two shows will create a full hour of brand new comedies for the network, which has won over audiences in the past with hits like “Portlandia”, “Maron” and “Comedy Bang! Bang!”.
The show “Benders,” IFC’s first ensemble series, aired its first show on October 1st at 10 pm ET/PT, followed by “Gigi Does It” at 10:30 pm .
If you missed the first episode, “Benders” follows a team of friends bonded by an irrational obsession with their men’s ice hockey team, The Chubbys. Previously announced lead cast members include Lindsey Broad (The Office, 21 Jump Street),Chris Distefano (Girl Code, The Half Hour), Mark Gessner (Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist), Ruy Iskandar (Gotham, The Blacklist) and Andrew Schulz (Guy Code, co-creator & host of Brilliant Idiots podcast).
In “Gigi Does It” actor David Krumholtz (This Is The End,Numb3rs) is transformed into Gigi Rotblum, a 76-year-old yenta with a heart of gold. With her razor-sharp tongue, she’s out to live life to the fullest as she spends the secret millions her dead husband left behind while accompanied by her male nurse Ricky (Ricky Mabe, Zack & Miri Make a Porno, Goon).
“As we continue to expand our comedy slate and welcome new viewers to the network, Benders and Gigi Does It are fresh, original offerings and welcome additions,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president. “The cast of Benders coupled with David’s hilarious, yet unexpected interpretation of a fiery grandmother will make for a great hour of television that we’re excited to present to our fans.”
IFC announced the guest cast for “Benders” this week, which includes a group of well-known comedians and actors. Joining the series is Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos), Jim Norton (Louie, Inside Amy Schumer), Godfrey (Louie, 30 Rock), Robert Kelly (Louie, Opie & Anthony), Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad, Californication), Lenny Venito (The Neighbors, Men in Black 3), and Orange is the New Black’s Barbara Rosenblat and Joel Marsh Garland. Additionally, comedian Jim Breuer (SNL, Half Baked) makes a cameo appearance as himself.
Benders is produced for IFC by Apostle. Series creators and writers Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti are executive producing along with their Apostle partner Denis Leary.
Gigi Does It is produced for IFC by Grandma’s House Entertainment, executive produced by Krumholtz and Tim Gibbons (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Real Husbands of Hollywood), along with Grandma’s House Entertainment’s Ben Newmark and Dan Newmark, Ricky Mabe and Zach Golden; Adam Bold and Mike Lopez of Grandma’s House Entertainment serve as producers. Krumholtz is transformed into Gigi by Alterian Inc. makeup effects guru Tony Gardner (Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Zombieland).