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HBO orders Bill Hader hitman comedy from Silicon Valley producer

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The hitman has been hired.

HBO confirmed on Thursday that it has ordered a first season of Barry, a comedy starring Bill Hader as a former Marine making a living as low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Unhappy with his life, he travels to Los Angeles to off someone, only to find an “accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene.”

Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg is writing the pilot with Hader, who will direct as well. Both serve as executive producers of the show, whose cast includes Henry Winkler (as an acting teacher), Stephen Root (as the man who arranges Barry’s killings), and Sarah Goldberg (as an aspiring actress who introduces Barry to the theater scene). Meanwhile, Anthony Carrigan and Glenn Fleshler play Chechen gangsters.

HBO ordered a pilot for Barry in January as part of Hader’s development deal with the network. The SNL vet who starred last year in Trainwreck is also a co-creator and star of IFC’s Documentary Now, which has been renewed for two more seasons.

Deadline first reported the news about Barry, which will begin production next year.