Here's the first teaser trailer for Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay's new IFC series The Spoils of Babylon. This is a comedy event series that was inspired by the several TV mini-series adaptations of historical novels and family sagas that were made during the '70s and early '80s. It's basically a parody of this era of mini-series TV events, and they even capture that retro '80s vibe. I remember watching a lot of these series with my parents when I was younger, so I think this concept could really be great.
The series stars Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment. Here's the synopsis:
‘The Spoils of Babylon,’ a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business. The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms.
Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two US Army Generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.
The series is set to premiere next year, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out!