Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play sibling lovers in 'The Spoils of Babylon'
EW has the exclusive first look at the trailer for the new Funny or Die-produced comedy The Spoils of Babylon, premiering January 9 at 10 p.m. on IFC. Spoofing classic nighttime soaps like Dallas and The Thorn Birds, the six part series chronicles the TV adaptation of the novel of fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell). His best-seller The Spoils of Babylon chronicles the melodramatic escapades of the oil-rich Morehouse family, led by patriarch Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins). Wiig plays Jonas’ daughter Cynthia who burns with taboo passion for her adopted brother Devon (Tobey Maguire). “The whole show is ridiculous and I mean that in the best way,” she says. “The things this family goes through, the murder and the lies and the affairs, is so absurd and bizarre and written so well.”
While fighting her forbidden love, Cynthia must also contend with the exploits of her evil son, played by Haley Joel Osment (!). Later in the series, Cynthia and Devon grow estranged and he becomes an activist who goes to work in an underwater lab where falls for Jessica Alba’s scientist character. “People know Tobey from more serious roles,” says Wiig. “But he made me laugh so hard. I’m so excited for people to see him in this context.” Watch the trailer below.
The Spoils of Babylon