Following a string of successful endeavors into the gritty underworld of society including shows like the Sopranos, The Wire and OZ, HBO has released the inaugural season of Spoof News; a view into the competitive and nearly criminal world of satirical journalism.
Based loosely on true life characters who write for an online magazine known as TheSpoof.com, Spoof News will highlight the trials and tribulations of one fledgling news writer, Andy Bloomy, and his attempts to scoop the "good" stories.
Early reviews on the series appear to be positive, and give praise to HBO for assembling another top notch ensemble cast. Notable series leads include Jude Law as Mark Lowton, the young but tough editor. Nick Jonas will play Andy Bloomy, the bi-sexual, bi-polar new beat writer, and Anne Archer will play the Queen Mudder, sexy matriarch of the Spoof clan.
Other key characters include:
Eric Bana as Abel Ronriguez
Zack Braff as Skoob
Tom Hamks as Morse
Keifer Sutherland as Monkey Woods
Charlie Sheen as J-Man
Jessica Alba as Katarina Frogpond
Robert Downy Jr. as Bargis Tryhol
Jaclyn Smith as Madame Bitters
Harrison Ford as Dr. Victor Nicholas
Jason Statham as Lynton
Christian Slater as Bureau
The large cast was reported to have taken pay concessions, just to be included in the project. Directed by Steven Spielberg and highlighting the fast paced and biting dialogue normally found in Spoof editorial meetings, the show is an early favorite for a 2010 Emmy.
While details of the series episodes are being kept quite secret, the pilot will feature new writer Bloomy, stealing story ideas from three regular staff writers and suffering a vicious verbal beat down as a result. Though nobody gets naked in the first episode, it is HBO late night drama, so hopes are still high for the rest of the series.