HBO picks up Christopher Guest comedy starring Chris O'Dowd

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Filmmaker Christopher Guest is bringing his quirky sense of humor to the small-screen. HBO has placed a straight-to-series order for a new single-camera, documentary-style comedy from Guest, the director behind For Your Consideration and Best in Show, a rep for the network confirms.

The half-hour series, Family Tree, will star Bridesmaids actor Chris O’Dowd, as a recently jobless (and single!) 30-year-old who begins investigating his family lineage after receiving a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. His research leads him to uncover a slew of unusual stories and characters, which in turn help him to establish a better sense of identity.

Both Guest and co-exec producer Jim Piddock are set to appear on the series, which will also air on BBC2. Karen Murphy, who worked with Guest on Best in Show and other projects, will also co-produce.

No word yet on when the show is set to premiere, but we’re already looking forward to the very special dog episode.

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