IFC has renewed its upcoming Documentary Now! for two more seasons ahead of its Aug. 20 series premiere.
The network also said it is expanding the season-one finale into a two-parter, adding a seventh episode to the initial six-season order.
Documentary Now! parodies the canon of essential docus and the filmmakers behind them, with Dame Helen Mirren playing host. IFC posted an OTT preview of episode two -- "Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon," starring Jack Black -- on Aug. 10 on Vice.com, IFC.com, YouTube, Dish channel 102 and IFC’s TV-everywhere extensions. It generated more than 250,000 views within the first week. (Read Kent Gibbons' review.)
"[We're] thrilled with the buzz and critical acclaim the show is already receiving,” Jennifer Caserta, IFC president, said, adding that IFC's first renewal of a series before its premiere is a "huge nod" to series creators and executive producers Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas. “We’re immensely proud of what they’ve created."
The second-episode OTT preview will be available through August 27. The first episode premieres on IFC Thursday at 10 p.m.