And now for something completely different: A new documentary about legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, celebrating its 40th anniversary, will debut exclusively in the U.S. on IFC this fall.
The six-part series titled Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) will air Oct. 4 to 10 as part of the network's "Python Week," which will also include showings of the group's feature films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.
Cutting-room-floor footage and teasers will be available on demand on IFC Free and online at www.IFC.com prior to the series premiere.
"The Pythons changed the face of comedy, and continue to inspire new generations of comedians," said IFC executive vice president and general manager Jennifer Caserta. The series will feature interviews with surviving Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, archival footage of late Pythoner Graham Chapman and dozens of guest interviews.
Caserta described the docu as "the grand finale of an entire year of original comedy" on the network. IFC has made comedy a pillar of its brand with such shows as the sketch comedy series The Whitest Kids U'Know, the semi-scripted original Z Rock and the upcoming Bollywood Hero, starring Chris Kattan.
"This is the first time the Pythons have come together for a project since 1983's Monty Python's Meaning of Life," said IFC and Sundance Channel senior vice president of acquisitions, scheduling and operations George Lentz. "This documentary series is a final opportunity for them to chronicle the Python phenomenon on record as they approach their 40th anniversary, and leave it at that."
Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) is an Eagle Rock Entertainment production in association with IFC and is produced by U.K. production company Bill & Ben Productions. Following IFC's U.S. television premiere, Eagle Rock will release the documentary series worldwide on DVD.