Bill Hader Will Create and Star in His Own HBO Show


HBO is developing a new show created by and starring Bill Hader, Deadline reports. There aren’t any details on the show yet beyond Hader starring in/creating it. We don’t yet know what the show’s about or whether it will be a half-hour or an hour-long and the project is still pretty far away from getting series order, but it’s exciting news nonetheless.

Since leaving SNL this time last year, Bill Hader has been keeping busy as both an actor and a writer. In the movie world, he’ll next be seen in David Wain’s They Came Together, starring with Kristen Wiig in the indie drama The Skeleton Twins, and playing a supporting role in the Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie Trainwreck. Writing-wise, he co-created the IFC comedy American Documentary with Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers, which premieres next year, and served as a full-time writer for the most recent season of South Park. Hader has been consulting on South Park for a few years now but this past one was the first season that he was on staff full-time.

He discussed developing his writing chops on South Park in an interview with us last year:

I learn so much by working there. You just learn how to break story, and I just think they’re the best — at writing a story that is funny, they are the best in the business right now. And it’s really hard. That’s what I’ve learned. You’re banging your head against the wall. They never just settle for something. They’re always challenging their own ideas and saying, “Should we do this? Should we try that?” They’re constantly challenging their own ideas. It really is Trey [Parker] throwing out ideas and Matt [Stone] challenges those ideas by saying, “Wait, what is the point of that? In the world, politically, socially, philisophically, this is what I think we should be kind of be about. And that’s not about that; that’s just, like, a dumb joke.” He’s kind of pushing Trey, and then, Vernon [Chatman] is really good at doing both those things. And I just sit there and laugh.