HBO is adding to their comedy slate. The premium cable network has picked up Barry, their hitman comedy project from Bill Hader, to series with a ten episode order, TVWise has confirmed.
Barry follows an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene.
Bill Hader stars as the eponymous character Barry. He leads an all-star cast that also includes Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Royal Pains) Stephen Root (The West Wing, Justified), Sarah Goldberg (Hindsight, Elementary), Anthony Carrigan (Gotham, Parenthood) and Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Hannibal).
In addition to starring, Hader also co-created and penned the script alongside Sillicon Valley’s Alec Berg. HBO Originals are producing Barry, which received a pilot order back in January. Both Bill Hader and Alec Berg are serving as the executive producers. Production on the series is set to commence in Los Angeles in 2017. Deadline was the first to report the news of the series order for Barry.
This marks the first series order that HBO has handed out under new President of Programming Casey Bloys, who succeeded Michael Lombardo last month. Barry joins a comedy slate at the network which already includes Silicon Valley, Girls, Veep and Ballers; as well as the upcoming Divorce, Vice Principals, Insecure, Crashing and David E Kelley’s Big Little Lies.