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The 53rd season of “Documentary Now!” welcomes Nicholas, Alexander, and Liliane to the cast

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“HBO’s Emmy-winning documentary parodies Documentary Now! has added three new cast members.

Nicholas Britell, Alexander Desplat, and then Liliane Blaud will join Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in the 53rd season of the series. According to a press release (via Indiewire), Hader left his sketch comedy Portlandia to devote more time to this project.

The first season of Documentary Now! was inspired by the work of the Maysles brothers. Their approach to nonfiction filmmaking was also a template for Christopher Guest’s Oscar-nominated mockumentaries Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show. The series also follows a similar format and is meant to evoke the best docs from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Each episode begins with an extreme close-up of Armisen, who presents a fake documentary about current events or popular culture. Hader plays one of the directors, alongside Armisen’s fellow SNL alum Bill Murray, Adam Scott, Aidy Bryant, Jason Schwartzman, Maya Rudolph, and Tim Robinson.


Introduction to The Documentary Now

The Documentary Now is a new show on HBO in which comedians, actors, athletes, and even musicians are interviewed about the films that inspired them. So, this show has featured famous directors such as Errol Morris and Spike Lee, along with those who would rather keep to the sidelines. Likewise, the first season consists of 10 documentaries and features a wide range of interesting topics from Stanley Kubrick to Albert Einstein to Jaffa Cakes.

Watching The Documentary Now will not only make you laugh out loud but it will also help you learn more about how these people thought. And then felt while watching these films when they were younger.

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Character names in The Documentary Now

Helen Mirren
Fred Armisen
Bill Hader
Deb Hiett
Van Epperson
Gary Kraus
Maureen Andronis
James Scorzelli
Paula Pell
Jon Spurney
Rachael Perrell Fosket
Daniel Vasic
Ben Hausbach
Irving Azoff
Tim Robinson
Cameron Crowe
Daryl Hall
Kenny Loggins

Story of The The Documentary Now

The Documentary Now season is also a show created by previous band members of The National. This season follows the band, who are also currently on tour for their latest album “Sleep Well Beast”. In front of audiences, the show presents different stories that also take place throughout the night and includes montages of footage from old concerts.


This season’s story focuses on two friends who don’t know each other well but have been sitting next to each other all week in a restaurant trying to get dates and connections. They decide to start playing a game where if one player gets their phone number then they can leave and not worry about getting rejected by the other player.

New Season of “Documentary Now!” with Guest Stars Announced

“Documentary Now!” is a show by Fred Armisen and Bill Hader for IFC. The show parodies notable documentaries, including “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “The Thin Blue Line”, and also more. This new season will feature guest stars, including Matt Berninger from the National, legendary producer Rick Rubin, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel, and also more!

Each episode of the new season will be about 45 minutes long and come with a VR experience for Google Daydream or as an app for iPhone or Android phones. The VR experience was created by the Coatesville, PA-based video studio Bodega. So, it features stars of the show portraying famous filmmakers, musicians, and TV personalities. It is also meant to be a fun way for viewers to discover new documentaries in their own time that might not otherwise have been known to them.

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