LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – ‘Family Tree,’ Christopher Guest’s latest foray into documentary-style comedy, will premiere this spring on HBO, the network said Friday.
Meanwhile, the five-part, World War I-era miniseries “Parade’s End” will premiere February 26 at 9 p.m. The miniseries, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens, will have additional airings on February 27 and February 28.
The single-camera “Family Tree,” which was written and created by “Best in Show” star Guest and Jim Piddock, stars “Bridesmaids” actor Chris O’Dowd as Tom Chadwick, who uncovers a litany of odd experiences and characters in his family’s history after inheriting a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt. Tom Bennett and Nina Conti also star, with appearances by Guest, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard and others.
“Parade’s End,” which was adapted from Madox Ford’s novel series, directed by “Jane Eyre” and “Generation Kill” director Susanna White and written by Tom Stoppard (“Anna Karenina,” “Shakespeare in Love”), follows English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens, who’s trapped in a marriage to his unfaithful wife and torn between his commitment to Toryism and his secret love for a young suffragette. After a stint as an Army officer fighting in France, Tietjens returns home to find he’s become the target of vicious rumors. Rejected by his family, he attempts to adjust to the societal upheaval going on around him with help from the suffragette.