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  • Kyle Bailey
    Nov 15th, 2013

    The sequel spin off to last year’s hit The Spoils of Babylon. Returns to IFC date TBD. 




    Cast includes:

    Michael Kenneth Williams
    Maya Rudolph
    Kristen Wiig
    Kate McKinnon
    Michael Sheen
    Tim Meadows
    Chris Parnell
    Haley Joel Osment
    Will Ferrell 

     More info here 


    Excited!  The Spoils of Babylon was a lot of fun with Tobey Maguire and the score particularly worthy of praise.

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    Tyler [Last Name]
    Nov 19th, 2011

    The Spoils of Babylon was a great underrated miniseries. Excited to see this!

    FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Sounds great! Very game for Michael K. Williams’s addition here doing comedy. As long as there is no Tobey Maquire anywhere to be found, I’m excited for this.

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    Kyle Bailey
    Nov 15th, 2013

    Will premiere over 3 nights, July 8, 9, and 10. 

    “Banned around the world almost five decades ago, The Spoils Before Dying is a gritty and unrelenting tale of forbidden everything,” said IFC President Jennifer Caserta.  “We may all wind up in jail, but this epic tale of sex, drugs, violence and jazz WILL be seen.”

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Variety’s review:

    TV Review: “The Spoils Before Dying”

    Courtesy of IFC

    July 7, 2015 | 07:45 AM PT

    TV Columnist

    Brian Lowry

    TV Columnist @blowryontv     

    appeared to be clamoring for a follow-up to “The Spoils of Babylon,” but how
    often does IFC get the opportunity to feature Will Ferrell and a lot of his
    famous pals for three hours? Enter “The Spoils Before Dying,” another six-part
    sendup courtesy of Ferrell’s Funny or Die banner that the channel will air over
    successive nights. A slightly more polished product than its predecessor, which
    lampooned vintage miniseries, this one is more of a noir-ish thriller, once
    again featuring Ferrell’s pompous, bloated novelist-turned-filmmaker Eric
    Jonrosh as tour guide through an uneven homage to showbiz in the bad old days.

    What makes these latest “Spoils” more watchable, or at
    least more interesting, is the casting of Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire,”
    “Boardwalk Empire”) in the central role, bringing all that glowering intensity
    to the service of something completely silly. That Williams plays it almost
    entirely straight while his co-stars ham it up around him doesn’t entirely
    work, but it at least provides a bit of foundation to hang something remotely
    resembling a story around.

    As usual, Ferrell’s Jonrosh gulps wine and recounts his
    glory days in intros to each of the six half-hour episodes that clearly seem to
    have been culled together from one improv session. Frankly, after his Lifetime
    movie “A Deadly Adoption” and now this, one sort of wishes he’d devote his time
    to making something overtly funny and ditching the arched eyebrow, but it’s
    pretty obvious nobody at IFC was going to look a gift movie star in the mouth.

    The plot, such as it is, casts Williams as Rock Banyon, a
    jazz musician who instantly becomes a suspect when his singer/one-time
    girlfriend Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph) turns up dead. The cops give Rock
    three days (after some haggling) to try to clear his name, which leads him on a
    trail of dead bodies, a conspiracy involving closeted homosexuals, and back
    into the arms of a former paramour, Delores (Kristen Wiig), who, like Rudolph,
    gets to wear funky outfits and sing bluesy numbers.

    Directed by Matt Piedmont from a script he wrote with
    Andrew Steele, “The Spoils Before Dying” reprises all the familiar cheap-TV
    gags, from horrible green screens and model work to shadows that don’t quite
    match up during a fight scene to the heavy product placement throughout for
    cut-rate products. (That last element, frankly, is more prevalent today, but at
    this stage, why split hairs?)

    There are, admittedly, some funny bits strewn throughoutMichael Sheen delivers one of the better momentsbut even at a little over
    two hours of actual screen time minus commercials, this feels as padded as
    Ferrell’s well-stuffed wardrobe. And when Jonrosh dismisses the audience at one
    point (“Most of you are idiots anyway”) and later congratulates them at the
    outset of part six by saying, “You made it,” well, it’s hard not to slightly
    agree with him.

    Ultimately, these limited series highlight the tricky
    proposition of expanding parody from sketch or Web-video length to something
    more substantial—think Mel Brooks’ genre-spoofing movies, or “Dead Men Don’t
    Wear Plaid”—and how that tends to create a gap between being genuinely funny in
    that guise and merely quirky. If that sounds somewhat harsh given that “Spoils
    Before Dying” isn’t bad, when you name a company Funny or Die, to quote Super
    Chicken, you knew the job was dangerous when you took it.

    TV Review: ‘The Spoils Before Dying’

    (Special; IFC, Wed.-Fri. July 8-10, 9 p.m.)


    Produced by Funny or Die.


    Executive producers, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt
    Piedmont, Andrew Steele, Nate Young; producer, Kristen Wiig; director, Piedmont;
    writers, Steele, Piedmont; camera, Giles Dunning; production designer, Mark
    Snelgrove; editor, David Trachtenberg; casting, Lauren Grey. 3 HOURS


    Michael Kenneth Williams, Kristen Wiig, Ted Levine, Haley
    Joel Osment, Maya Rudolph, Michael Sheen, Tim Meadows, Chris Mulkey, Emily
    Ratajkowski, Chin Han


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    Sep 27th, 2011

    I loved The Spoils of Babylon, so I’m looking forward to this. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Hollywood Reporter’s review:

    Spoils Before Dying”: TV Review

    2:41 PM PDT 7/7/2015 by Keith Uhlich

    Bottom Line:
    There’s little soul in this jazzy satire.

    Airdate: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 8th–Friday, July 10th

    Cast: Michael Kenneth Williams, Kristen Wiig, Maya
    Rudolph, Will Ferrell

    second parody miniseries based on the work of fictional author Eric Jonrosh
    (Will Ferrell) is hardly a swinging affair.

    To the victor belong the “Spoils,” though it’s unlikely
    viewers will feel they’ve won much of anything with this follow-up to 2014’s
    epic miniseries pastiche “The Spoils of Babylon.” The target there was bloated
    TV events of the ’70s and ’80s like “The Thorn Birds” and “Rich Man, Poor Man,”
    popular doorstop novel adaptations which drew out their soapy dramas over
    multiple episodes. Each installment was introduced by “writer”/“director” Eric
    Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), a later-years-Orson-Wellesian blowhard who pontificated
    on his genius in-between unhealthy gulps of red wine.

    Jonrosh is back, a little heavier and just as hifalutin,
    as our guide for the beat-era cinema parody “The Spoils Before Dying.” With this
    “Spoils,” he says, he aimed to invent a new genre called “post-post-modern
    French neo-fake-ism.” Instead, so the alternate history goes, his druggy noir
    about a jazz musician wrongly accused of murder was banned and is only now
    being seen for the first time, divided into six half-hour parts airing over
    three nights.

    The opening scenes are funny mainly for their joke
    titles, which reference shooting formats like “Bastille-o-Scope” and include
    credits for “Metaphysical Visual Consultant” and “Inner Ear Collages By….” Then
    the story proper begins with ivory-tickling bluesman Rock Banyon (Michael
    Kenneth Williams) narrating—in primo hard-boiled-ese—a twisted tale of
    conspiracy and murder. It starts with the death of his former girlfriend,
    singer Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph), and a businessman named Stygamiun
    (Richard Halverson) from bullets to the temple. The crime is pinned on Banyon
    and the cops give him three days to clear his name.

    And what a packed three days it is, as Banyon reconnects
    with another ladyfriend crooner, Delores O’Dell (Kristen Wiig), is tailed by a
    prissy Hispanic gangster played by the notably non-Hispanic Chin Han, and
    uncovers a crazy plot involving the Mattachine society, FBI head honcho J.
    Edgar Hoover, and a poetry-spouting hepcat (like, a literal cat) named Dizzy
    (voice of Peter Coyote). All this while Banyon simultaneously avoids recording
    the “strings” album that his bawdy British manager Alistair St.
    Barnaby-Bixby-Jones (Haley Joel Osment) is demanding his client make to bolster
    his musical profile.

    The look of the miniseries, which like “The Spoils of
    Babylon” was co-written and directed by Matt Piedmont, is frequently
    delightful, with its garish colors and intentionally cheesy effects work.
    (Transitions between scenes often make use of Mr. Rogers-esque models, with toy
    motorcycles and cars moving around as if pushed by an unseen child’s hand.)
    Williams makes for a good beleaguered hero because he plays the whole thing
    straight, while almost everyone else around him clowns it up to irritating
    degrees. The notable exception is Michael Sheen as closeted businessman Kenton
    Price. He walks the line between heated melodrama and ribald farce expertly;
    just listening to the way he says “homosexual” (HAH-muh-SESX-oo-ul) is enough
    to elicit chuckles.

    Despite the occasional laughs, though, this is still a
    one-note premise stretched excruciatingly thin, evidenced in an early scene in
    which Wiig’s chanteuse belts a spirited ode to “Booze ’n’ Pills.” It’s funny at
    first, but Wiig never deepens the jest, merely repeating the lyrics (just
    “booze ’n’ pills” over and over) with minor variation until her paltry attempt
    to wring laughs becomes glaring. (Call it “SNL” syndrome.) Compare the sequence
    to its seeming inspiration—the hilarious “I’m Tired” musical number from Mel
    Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” featuring Madeline Kahn as an exasperated
    Dietrich-like diva—and its feebleness is even more pronounced. It’s this same
    sort of skin-deep comedy that’s stretched out over the entirety of the
    miniseries, to the point that at the beginning of episode six, when
    Ferrell-as-Jonrosh says, with evident exhaustion, “You made it!”, it hardly
    feels like he’s having a laugh.

    Twitter: @keithuhlich


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    Kyle Bailey
    Nov 15th, 2013

    I have it set to record back at home in Maryland to be ready for it when I go back in August! I can not wait! 

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    Nov 3rd, 2010

    Didn’t know it was coming out this quickly. With all the talk about the awful A Deadly Adoption nobody even mentioned this was coming up now. I thought it was a 2016 premiere.

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