The new season of “Documentary Now!” is still a few months away but IFC has announced the guest stars set to appear in two more of the upcoming episodes. The popular Emmy-nominated comedy, which was co-created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas, announced the cast and topics for the episodes “Any Given Saturday Afternoon” and “Long Gone”. These episodes join the previously announced episodes “Original Cast Album: Co-Op” and “Waiting for the Artist”. The new season is set to premiere on February 20th on IFC and will have seven episodes.
Inspired by the 2006 professional bowling documentary League of Ordinary Gentlemen, “Any Given Saturday Afternoon” follows the new maverick head of marketing for the Professional Bowling League, Rob Seger (Kevin Dunn, Veep), through a season on the pro-bowling circuit with top bowlers Billy May Dempsey (Michael C. Hall, Dexter), Rick Kenmore (Tim Robinson, Detroiters) and Larry Hawburger (Bobby Moynihan, Saturday Night Live).
“Long Gone” pays homage to Bruce Weber’s 1988 documentary Let’s Get Lost, which traces the tumultuous life and career of American jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Shot on location in Budapest, Hungary, “Long Gone” tells the life story of jazz musician Rex Logan (Armisen) and features those who were most influenced by him, including his girlfriend and vocalist Carla Meola (Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black).
The previous episode that we announced earlier this month was “Waiting for the Artist,” which will feature two-time Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Carol). The episode is inspired by the 2012 documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present. The episode follows acclaimed performance artist Izabella Barta (Blanchett) as she prepares for a major career retrospective, while reconciling her relationship with her former lover Dimo (Armisen) – an infamous provocateur of the art world.
“Original Cast Album: Co-op” is inspired by Original Cast Album: Company, the 1970 D.A. Pennebaker documentary that follows the strenuous overnight cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical. The episode follows producers Benedict Juniper (Taran Killam, Saturday Night Live), Simon Sawyer (John Mulaney, Big Mouth) and Howard Pine (James Urbaniak, Difficult People) overseeing the recording for the cast album of the musical Co-op. The star-studded cast of Co-op includes Kenny (Alex Brightman, Broadway’s School of Rock), Larry (Richard Kind, Red Oaks), Patty (Paula Pell, A.P. Bio), and Dee Dee (Renee Elise Goldsberry, Broadway’s Hamilton).
Each episode, hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, takes viewers back in time to honor groundbreaking documentaries. Guest stars from previous seasons include Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Maya Rudolph, John Slattery and more. In addition to Armisen, Hader, Meyers, Thomas and Michaels, Documentary Now! is also executive produced by Alex Buono and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. SNL’s Thomas and Buono serve as the show’s directors. John Mulaney and Erik Kenward return as consulting producers, with Alice Mathiasserving as co-executive producer and Matt Pacult serving as co-producer.