Big Time in Hollywood, FL Serves Up a Whole Lot of Crazy (SPRING PREVIEW)
Accidental murder. An international drug cartel. Cuba Gooding Jr. in a banana hammock. Welcome to the strange terrain of Big Time in Hollywood, FL, a new scripted comedy from executive producer Ben Stiller. In the opener, Jack and Ben–loser-ish twentysomething brothers and aspiring filmmakers played by cocreator Alex Anfanger and Lenny Jacobson–are unwittingly responsible for the death of an actor posing as a drug lord (Stiller, sporting an awesome fake goatee). And it only gets more convoluted from there.
“Believe me, the pitch for this show was an hour long,” says Anfanger, citing influences that range from The Usual Suspects to Eastbound & Down. “It all exists in this semi-heightened world, and there’s so much weaving together of different genres and storylines.”
Among them? To avoid getting booted from the nest by their fed-up parents (Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky), the guys pretend to have a drug problem. (In rehab, they meet Gooding Jr., playing a fictionalized addict version of himself.) “We certainly wouldn’t compare this to Breaking Bad–just the most amazing show–but it does have that style of ‘I can’t believe this leads to that,’ ” Jacobson says. “When you look back at the finale, you won’t believe everything that’s happened in such a short period of time.”
Big Time in Hollywood, FL, Premieres Wednesday, March 25, 10:30/9:30c, Comedy Central