Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph & Many More Head to IFC for ‘The Spoils Before Dying’

By March 17, 2015
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Last year Kristen Wiig landed an Emmy nomination for her work on the comedy miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon” on IFC, and now she’s coming back for more.

The network has just announced the next installment in the series, “The Spoils Before Dying,” which will also see the return of grown up Haley Joel Osment (Tusk, Entourage: The Movie). Still, there’s a lot more faces joining the six-part miniseries that will begin airing this summer on IFC.

Several “Saturday Night Live” cast members have also joined the mix, including Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell and Kate McKinnon. In addition, Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Steve Tom (“Major Crimes”), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Andrew Daly (“Review”), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), Chin Han (“Marco Polo”), Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto), Patty Guggenheim (Casa de Mi Padre) and Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall).

Will Ferrell - Spoils of Babylon

For those who don’t know, “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” star Michael Kenneth Williams was already cast as Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of this new pulp-noir murder mystery, with Will Ferrell returning as Eric Jonrosh, the literary auteur turned director who opens and closes each episode of the ongoing spoils. Here’s the official synopsis for this next installment:

Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, “The Spoils Before Dying” follows Rock (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the Prime Suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores O’Dell (Kristen Wiig). Determined to prove his innocence and avoid the electric chair, Rock and Delores head back to the U.S. on a dangerous journey for the elusive truth. All the while, Rock’s hard charging manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment) obliviously pressures Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.

Yet again, IFC has rounded up an impressive cast for a truly unique miniseries. Matt Piedmont wrote the script with Andrew Steele, and will also direct the series in addition to executive producing with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Nate Young with Funny or Die producing again. Frankly, I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with this time.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.