HBO Sets Premiere Dates For Christopher Guest Comedy, WWI Miniseries With Benedict Cumberbatch

If you follow the Twitter account of a TV critic who doesn’t make dick jokes for a living, you’ve likely noticed the parade of #TCA13, or Television Critics Association winter tour, tweets that have been filling up your feed, like so many penises in…oh, right, professionalism. Um. Most of the news has been pretty boring so far (OH BOI WHAT’S NAT GEO UP TO?), with the exception of HBO’s panel, which revealed the following news.

Family Tree, Christopher Guest’s latest foray into documentary-style comedy, will premiere this spring on HBO, the network said Friday. Meanwhile, the five-part, World War I-era miniseries Parade’s End will premiere Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. The miniseries, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens, will have additional airings on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. (Via)

Family Tree stars Chris O’Dowd as Tom Chadwick, who “uncovers a litany of odd experiences and characters in his family’s history after inheriting a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt,” with guest appearances from Eugene Levy, assuming he can take time off from shooting American Pie 17: Crumbbags, and Ed Begley Jr. and Fred Willard, obviously. As for the Tom Stoppard-written Parade’s End: it’s about love, violence, adultery, World War I, “VICIOUS RUMORS,” and most of all, badassery, considering it stars both Benedict “Batches of” Cumbers and Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston. Also, eating crabs on your belly, because otters.

I miss that meme.

(Via The Wrap)