Hank Azaria continues to expand his TV presence: The actor who voices characters on The Simpsons and Bordertown will be turning his attention to live-action as well, as IFC has ordered eight episodes of Brockmire.
Brockmire stars Azaria as a revered major league baseball announcer named Jim Brockmire who melts down on the air after finding out that his wife is a serial cheater. Now, ten years later, Brockmire resumes his career — and his love life — in a small town by calling games for a minor league baseball team. Azaria is among the executive producers of Brockmire, which began as a 2010 short video on Funny or Die and will debut in early 2017. Joel Church Cooper (Undateable) is writing the series while Tim Kirby (Veep) is directing.
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In other small-town comedy news, IFC also announced on Monday that it has greenlit the comedic horror series Stan Against Evil, which was created and written by former Simpsons and Parks and Recreation writer-producer Dana Gould. Debuting this fall with an eight-episode order, the series centers on Stan, a former sheriff of a New England town who was forced into retirement, and is having difficulting turning the reins over to the new sheriff, Evie. The two of them join forces to protect their town — which was built on the site of a 17th century witch burning — from a plague of demons.
Gould and Tom Lassally (Silicon Valley) will serve as executive producers of Stan Against Evil, which premieres this fall.