HBO gives a series order to Bill Hader's hitman comedy Barry
Bill Hader is one funny dude and for years he's served as the bright spot of numerous movies and TV shows. Thanks to HBO, he'll finally get to headline his own series as Deadline reports that HBO has given Barry a series order. The half-hour comedy series will center on an ex-Marine, played by Bill Hader, who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. "Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene."
In addition to starring in Barry, Bill Hader also directed the pilot and will co-write the series with Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg. Production on the series will kick off in Los Angeles in 2017 and the rest of the cast includes Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau, an inspiring acting teacher; Stephen Root as Fuches, a man who arranges Barry’s hits; Sarah Goldberg as Sally, an aspiring actress who is Barry’s entree into LA’s theater scene; as well as Anthony Carrigan as Noho Hank and Glenn Fleshler as Goran Pazar, both Chechen gangsters. Definitely a fun supporting cast, but getting a solid (hopefully) half-hour of Bill Hader goodness weekly without having to wade through questionable sketches will be the real prize.