The mockumentary format has become a major subgenre for comedic filmmaking. filmmakers like Christopher Guest are considered leaders in this comedy style, with projects such as best on show (2000), Waiting for Guffman (1996) and A mighty wind (2003) are all considered modern comedic classics. As in film, the mockumentary format has also found its way into the television world. There are almost too many examples to count, but some of the most popular examples are certainly the vampire television adaptation of What we do in the shadows (2019-2022), and we’d be remiss not to mention hit sitcoms like The office (2005-2013), Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) and Abbott Elementary School (2021-2022).
Sketch comedies have also used this concept extensively, and while working on “The History of Punk” Sketch for Saturday night live (1975-2022), former members Fred Armissen (Portlandia), Bill Hader (barry), and Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers) developed a concept for a surefire hit series. Hence, Documentary now! was born; a straight to the point satire of documentary filmmaking that took a more anthological approach to the genre. Not only does each episode tell a different story with different characters, but they are also stylistically completely unique, ranging from light-hearted romp to full-blown horror satire.
Now, Documentary now! will be returning for its fourth season, although within the show’s universe, Documentary now! actually going into its fifty-third season. With that come new stories and new characters, but there will still be appearances from Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, as well as the show’s regular host. Helen Mirren (The Queen). To prepare for the insane satirical mayhem the new season has in store, here’s everything we know about Season 4 (53) so far Documentary now!
The short but fine teaser for the next season of Documentary now! begins, as always, with the show’s host, Helen Mirren, playing herself. She introduces the 53rd season of the series, after which we see a brief overview of the upcoming episodes. We’ll feature an episode guide below, but the trailer also reveals that, just like previous seasons, Season 4 will also feature a star-studded cast of guest actors.
When and where will now be documented! Season 4 Premiere?
Documentary now! will introduce audiences to a new series of satirical documentaries beginning Wednesday, October 19, 2022 with a two-part season premiere lasting approximately one hour. The remaining five episodes will premiere each following Wednesday. As in previous seasons, the show will premiere on IFC, with its streaming home being AMC+.
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Who is in documentaries now? Season 4?
In addition to creating and producing the show, Fred Armisen will star in at least a few episodes of the next season. However, his co-star Bill Hader doesn’t appear to have as big an acting role this time around, though he’s still executive producing the series. This may be because Hader is busy with other projects like his other hit comedy series. barry.
As with other seasons of the show, Armisen will be joined by an impressive cast of special guest stars who will lend their talents to the satirical mockumentary anthology. These names include Cate Blanchett (tar), Alexander skarsgard (Big little lies), Liliane Rovere (Call my agent!), Harriet Walter (kill Eve), Nicholas Brown (successor), Jamie Demetriou (fleasack), and JonathanPrice (The crown). Blanchett in particular will be a recurring cast member of the series as she first debuted as Izabella Barta in Season 3 Episode 4 where she played a Hungarian artist trying to reconnect with her past and create her masterpiece.
Documentary now! Episode guide season 4
The next season of Documentary now! will be slightly shorter than previous seasons. Season 4 will only consist of six episodes instead of a total of seven, but that hardly means the quality will be any worse. If anything, it means Armisen, Hader, Meyers and the rest of the team value quality over quantity. Regardless, in case you’re curious about what the six episodes have to offer, here’s a brief episode guide:
October 19: “Soldier of Illusion Parts 1 and 2”
The two-part season premiere follows Alexander Skarsgård as a German independent filmmaker as he attempts to construct the ultimate masterpiece. The result is likely to be an extremely tumultuous shoot, with the cast and crew struggling to understand and empathize with a genius director’s unique vision.
October 26: “Two Barbers in Bagglyport”
Oscar winner Cate Blanchett returns Documentary now! for the last season with a parody Three lounges by the sea (1994), a little-known documentary of which Blanchett is a fan himself. This is made clear by the fact that Blanchett is actually the one who pitched the idea and probably gives her the most creative input on the show to date. Blanchett previously showcased her comedic skills on the Waiting for the Artist episode of Documentary now!so her return here is more than welcome.
November 2: “How They Threw Stones”
Jonathan Pryce reports on a sport in which two contestants relentlessly throw rocks at each other. Yup… pretty self explanatory.
November 9: “My Affengrifter”
What looks like a clear parody of the Oscar winner for best documentary, My octopus teacher (2020), My Monkey Grifter follows another filmmaker who forms a remarkably close bond with a friendly primate. Only instead of an intimate bond between humans and animals, this seems like an unlikely connection in nature that perhaps goes a little too far.
November 16: “Trouver Frisson”
The season finale of the fourth season of Documentary now! appears to be a tribute to the legendary French filmmaker Agnes Varda and her acclaimed documentary, Varda of Agnes (2019). The episode follows an artist who bears a striking resemblance to Varda as she tries to show that despite her age, she can still create thought-provoking and compelling art.
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