After a two-season run on YouTube, T.J. Miller’s Funny or Die/Warner Music web series The Gorburger Show is headed to television. HBO has ordered a pilot for the half-hour project, created, co-written and directed by Josh Martin and Ryan McNeely (aka The Director Brothers) and co-written by Silicon Valley‘s Miller who also voices and puppets the title character, an animatronic monster. Andy Samberg executive produces.
The Gorburger Show, which is currently filming in Los Angeles, is a talk show hosted by a giant blue space monster (Miller) who has invaded a Japanese morning talk show and held its staff hostage as he attempts to understand what it means to be human by interviewing celebrities, musicians, cultural icons, and Moby. Like any talker, The Gorburger Show features celebrity and musical guests. Booked for the HBO pilot are Ed Helms, Johnny Knoxville, Moby and a music collaboration with Danny Brown and HEALTH, with Eagles of Death Metal performing a new song from their upcoming LP. (Watch the web series’ opening episode below)
Executive producing the pilot for The Gorburger Show are Miller, Martin, McNeely, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, Funny or Die’s Sean Boyle and Mike Farah as well as The Lonely Island trio of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Samberg. The project is part of Funny or Die’s deal at HBO where the company previously had sketch comedy series Funny or Die Presents.
In addition to co-starring on the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, Miller will be seen in the movie Deadpool opposite Ryan Reynolds. He is repped by CAA, 3 Arts, and attorney Karl Austen. Martin and McNeely are repped by Principato Young Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
At HBO, The Gorburger Show joins pilots toplined by Issa Rae, Sarah Silverman and Whitney Cummings.