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Family Tree Will Not Continue on HBO

Family Tree Will Not Continue on HBO

Sad news to report this weekend as you all head out to see your families.  Jim Piddock, one of the geniuses behind Family Tree tweeted this week that the show will not be appearing on HBO’s air if a second season is made saying: To all the countless fans and impartial inquirers who have asked about the future of Family Tree: the show won’t be returning to HBO (1/4) — Jim Piddock (@realjimpiddock) December 17, 2013   I know it’s almost unheard of for a show to get such critical acclaim and a passionate fan base not to get an order for a 2nd season (2/4) — Jim Piddock (@realjimpiddock) December 17,...

Chris O’Dowd – Ireland’s Funnyman

Chris O’Dowd – Ireland’s Funnyman

If you happen to be in the market for top level comedy, perhaps you should consider checking out Family Tree. With Chris O’Dowd, a now well established Hollywood celeb, spearheading the cast, how can you resist? Okay, as an Irishman, yes, I am somewhat biased, however, O’Dowd deserves the wealth of praise that has been lavished upon him for the last few years. O’Dowd, who plays Tom Chadwick, is both an unblemished and charming comic talent. In this strangely minimalist sitcom, the Irish actor breathes credible life into Chadwick, one of life’s vagabonds, whose meaningless subsistence revolves unexpectedly when he’s presented with...

An Interview with the Brilliant Mr. Jim Piddock of “Family Tree”

An Interview with the Brilliant Mr. Jim Piddock of “Family Tree”

One of the most unique and original television shows to premier in the last decade has been Christopher Guest’s (This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show) new series “Family Tree.” Debuting on HBO on May 14, 2013, “Family Tree” is the story of how one man, Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd), strives to learn more about his family and traces his genealogy from England back to America after losing his job and girlfriend. Along the eight-episode ride, we are introduced to his quirky sister Bea (Nina Conti) who lives with a monkey puppet on her hand (Conti also provides the voice for Monkey); his inventor and...

Family Tree DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date: Oct 29

Family Tree DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date: Oct 29

New York, N.Y., July 18, 2013 – Featuring acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Guest’s (Best in Show, This is Spinal Tap) uniquely eclectic sense of humor and packed with his signature quirky characters,Family Tree is the writer/director’s first television series. The documentary-style comedy series features rising star Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, HBO’s Girls®) among a roster of Guest regulars including Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Jim Piddock, Michael McKean and Bob Balaban. Co-created by Guest and Piddock, the series was declared “brilliant” (Rolling Stone) and “wonderful…utterly...

Can You Say Uncomfortable? “Family Tree” Premiers Episode 4 “Country Life”

Can You Say Uncomfortable? “Family Tree” Premiers Episode 4 “Country Life”

Last week, “Family Tree” proved that it’s very possibly reached the end of its funniness with “The Austerity Games.” Bea & Monkey auditioned to perform at a five-year-old’s birthday party and did perform at a Greek wedding, both of which were disasters and somewhat painful to watch (to me, at least, although several readers did comment that they enjoyed Bea & Monk. And, to all my commenters and readers, thank you!). We didn’t really learn anything new about the Chadwicks except where the family plots are for their grandparents William and Lydia and great-aunt Victoria. Mildred, the late...

Has the Humor Disappeared with “The Austerity Games”?

Has the Humor Disappeared with “The Austerity Games”?

Previously, we learned that Harry Chadwick was more than a photographer: he was an actor at the Regent’s Theatre and played the rear-end of a pantomime horse. The “gob ender” (meaning the front) was Sid Balducci, who had an affair with Harry’s wife and, after Harry’s early death, ran off with the wife and they got married. Tom Chadwick had a hard time accepting all of that, and we end with him at Harry’s grave, saying they are both cuckolds. Also: Tom’s sister, Bea, and her puppet Monkey decided to start acting (cool fact: Nina Conti, the actress who plays Bea, is actually a ventriloquist and does...

“Treading the Boards” Apparently Means You’re an Actor: “Family Tree” Debuts Its Second Episode

“Treading the Boards” Apparently Means You’re an Actor: “Family Tree” Debuts Its Second Episode

Last week, HBO and Christopher Guest debuted Guest’s new television show/mockumentary about a man, Tom Chadwick, searching for the history of his family. Along with Tom, we met his sister Bea (and her puppet, Monkey, who lives on her right hand and helps her express herself), their father Keith, and Tom’s best friend Pete Stupples. Other fun people included Mr. Glenn Pfister, owner of Mr. Pfister’s Bits and Bobs; Neville St. Aubrey, a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century photographs; and Ellie, a woman who, while on a date with Tom, we find out believes you can go back to man living with dinosaurs in your genealogy (because...

Climbing the “Family Tree”: Christopher Guest and HBO’s New Mockumentary Series

Climbing the “Family Tree”: Christopher Guest and HBO’s New Mockumentary Series

With the premiere of “Family Tree” Sunday night, acclaimed director Christopher Guest (“Best in Show,” “This Is Spinal Tap”) and HBO are hoping to begin a long and happy union. As is typical of Guest and his movies, “Family Ties” is a mockumentary: an unemployed and single thirty-year-old man embarks on a quest to learn more about his family history after receiving an old chest from his deceased grandmother. For those of you not too familiar with Christopher Guest, he’s the mastermind behind “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “This Is Spinal Tap,”...

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