Bill Hader Signs with HBO to Create, Star in New Comedy Series

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Saturday Night Live (SNL) alum Bill Hader has signed a development deal with HBO to create and star in a new comedy series for the cable network.

Project details are bleak as the ink is barely dry. But Hader has not stopped moving since relocating to the west coast at the end of SNL’s 2013 season with his filmmaker wife Maggie Carey and their two children.

Since that time, he’s appeared on Fox’s The Mindy Project, voiced the character of Mickey on Bob’s Burgers, and been featured in a series of hilarious T-Mobile commercials. Hader is currently in production on the Judd Apatow movie Trainwreck, appears with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in this summer’s They Came Together, and will this fall be seen in the film The Skeleton Twins with Kristen Wiig and Ty Burrell. Pixar has also tapped Hader’s voiceover talents for this year’s Good Dinosaur and next year’s Inside Out.

Best known for his eight seasons in the 11:30PM timeslot on SNL, Hader doled out impressions and created memorable characters in skits like The Californians; as political commentator James Carville; Italian talk show host Vinni Vedechi; Fox News anchor Shepard Smith; and of course city correspondent, New York club scene expert, and Mr. Seth Meyers: Stefon Zolesky. Take a look at his summer time tips:

Hader has also appeared in six films that have grossed over $100-million [Knocked Up (2007), Superbad (2007), Tropic Thunder (2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)].

Now getting the chance to flex his writing aptitude for HBO, he is known as a talented dramatist with screen credits at both SNL and South Park.

In his free time, he will also appear in and executive produce the IFC network’s 2015 American Documentary, a “curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics about completely fictitious subjects” from Hader and friends Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen.

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