Back in January we announced in a Slate piece that SNL veteran Bill Hader was granted a pilot order by HBO for a BARRY. Here it is:
HBO has picked up another pilot offer and this one comes from comedic talent Bill Hader. He is working on a little piece he is calling BARRY. But, just who is this Barry? He is an ex-Marine 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 L.A. theater scene.
Hader (pictured) is expected to play the role himself. He is, of course, alumni from Saturday Night Live and has recently teamed up with Fred Armisen for IFC’s Documentary Now. For BARRY he is working with the executive producer of HBO’s SILICON VALLEY Alec Berg. Together they have co-wrote the pilot that HBO ordered for this half-hour comedy.
We will bump it out of the Slate posts if it comes to fruition, but, come on, we think Hader on HBO could be pretty funny.
Then a month later we learned that the pilot was getting some familiar faces like Henry Winkler in it. Now it has been announced that BARRY has been picked up to series. Then a month later we learned that the pilot was getting some familiar faces like Henry Winkler in it. Now it has been announced that BARRY has been picked up to series. Hader and Alec Berg (SILICON VALLEY) will serve as executive producers and writers; Hader directed the pilot. Starring alongside Hader will be 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; Anthony Carrigan as Noho Hank, a Chechen gangster; and Glenn Fleshler as Goran Pazar, a Chechen gangster. It is not expected to get before cameras until 2017.