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Quark Says IFC’s Eddie Izzard Comedy BULLET IN THE FACE Is ‘The Year’s Most Original Show’!!

Published at: May 24, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

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‘Quark’ is a longtime friend of the site who would never intentionally steer us wrong:

The new fall shows have been announced and people are already complaining there’s nothing new. It’s the same old concepts: Cops, lawyers, doctors, mismatched roomies. A few weeks ago I saw a screening of the first episode of a series that didn’t adhere to any formula and seemed to exist in its own deranged universe. It’s called “Bullet in the Face” and is a half hour unlike anything I’ve seen.

The series is set in a city called Bruteville which calls itself “a melting pot of crime” where we meet a hood named Gunner Vogler. We don’t find out much about him, just that he’s a hired killer and sort of a male “Nikita” who works for a weirdo crime boss played by Eddie Izzard, who’s great in this. Vogler has been banging Izzard’s girlfriend and knocked her up, making things extra complicated when Izzard’s character orders Vogler to kill her for being unfaithful. That’s just the first few minutes, so no spoilers.

Despite being a half hour, they pack a lot into this. There seemed to be new plot twists every few minutes and the ultimate one happened at the end involving Eric Roberts, who plays another mobster. The show is unpredictable and lives up to its name. There’s major gunplay in this. Despite being mostly a comedy, the violence is very real and a shootout with the Mossad looked like a scene from “Scarface”. The crowd I saw it with loved it.

IFC is supposed to show “Bullet in the Face” here in the US come August, but there’s nothing about it on their website yet. I hope they don't chicken out or bury it. This is not safe TV and I’m curious where the series is going because it's so different. I wondered who thought up such a bizarre and unique show and it turns out to be the same dude that created the eighties classic “Sledgehammer” Alan Spencer. This will definitely be another cult show.

Quark

The original press release for the show:

IFC’S ORIGINAL SCRIPTED COMEDY, BULLET IN THE FACE, BEGINS PRODUCTION IN MONTREAL

Actors Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts Guest Star in the Original Series

Set to Debut in Summer 2012

NEW YORK, NY – October 6, 2011 – Production begins this week in Montreal, Canada on IFC’s newest original scripted series, Bullet in the Face, a six-part, half-hour comedic action thriller. Creator and executive producer Alan Spencer (Sledge Hammer!) developed the series with producers and executive producers Jesse Prupas and Evi Regev of Muse Entertainment and Just For Laughs Television. The cast includes Max Williams as Gunter Vogler, Neil Napier as Lieutenant Karl Hagerman, Jessica Steen as Commissioner Eva Braden, and Kate Kelton as Martine Mahler, alongside guest stars Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) as notorious crime lords. The series is directed and co-executive produced by Erik Canuel (Barrymore, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and will debut on IFC in summer 2012.

“Bullet in the Face melds the best of the action/thriller genre with IFC’s comedic sensibility,” said Debbie DeMontreux, senior vice president of original programming, IFC. “This is television like viewers have never seen before and Alan Spencer is the perfect ‘slightly off’ talent to help us bring this new format to audiences.”

“Just for Laughs and Muse Entertainment have long been searching for a unique and edgy comedy to produce together and we were thrilled to find a fantastic and supportive broadcast partner in IFC. We are proud to say that Bullet in the Face is unlike anything else out there, combining hilarity, thrills and non-stop action,” say Executive Producers Michael Prupas (Muse Entertainment) and Bruce Hills (Just for Laughs).

“I am very happy to be doing this show for a network that is 'slightly off' as I have been off my whole life,” commented Alan Spencer.

Following a botched jewel heist, sociopath criminal Gunter Vogler awakens in a hospital, surrounded by cops, his head wrapped in bandages. When the bandages come off Gunter’s new face is revealed and police force him to work undercover to take down the city’s crime lords.

Bullet in the Face is produced by Montreal’s Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Just For Laughs Television. Executive producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack, Jennifer Caserta and Evan Shapiro.

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  • May 24, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    If it's the guy that created sledgehammer...

    by heyoucantlaughatthat

    It's probably worth checking out

  • May 24, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    What TV needs

    by DangerMan

    What TV needs is some violent comedy again.

  • May 24, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Izzard...

    by keyserSOZE

    ...did I miss AICN reporting he's been cast as Grandpa in Bryan Fuller's Munsters reboot, or have they just not bothered yet?

  • May 24, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    keysersoze

    by slder78

    They reported it and they've shown some concept artwork, but I don't think they're finished casting the whole family yet. "Hello Sue! Do ya like bread? I've got French loaf! (Boof) Bye! I love you!"

  • May 24, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Finally a change of pace

    by amandel

    This series looks good, especially with a guy as funny & out there as Eddie Izzard. I'll watch it. I'm tired of bland copycat comedies.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Izzard is a genius. Also tough as nails.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    After a couple years ago running 43 marathons in 52 days (correct me if I'm wrong on the numbers) he's now attempting 27 marathons in 27 days. All for charity. He's got more guts than any Hollywood "tough" guy.

  • May 24, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    They had me at - Alan Spencer creator of Sledge Hammer!

    by slayme

    Sledge Hammer! was sometimes corny but when it worked, it was the boldest, funniest show of its time. I'll definitely be watching this!

  • May 24, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Eddie Izzard is a bore

    by Optimus Primal

    Hes not 1/10th as smart or talented as he thinks he is. Hes the poor man's Tim Curry.

  • May 24, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    remember when these shows were on broadcast

    by kaijuturtle

    better off ted, pushing daisies, etc. That CW show about the devil's son with Tyler Labine...now everything on broadcast tv is some lame genre-fusing thing that reeks of desperation, or another CSI, lawyer, medical, cop thing

  • May 24, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    IFC Vs Broadcast

    by DangerMan

    I agree karijuturtle. I’m glad this is coming on as even IFC looks like they’re playing it too safe with their other new shows. The next ones are a game show and a talk show, the same old sets and sensibilities. HBO and Showtime are the only cable channels I really enjoy. Too much talk, not enough action.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    I thought Tim Curry was the poor man's Tim Curry?

    by Relentless85

  • May 25, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    I like Izzard but he was FUCKING TERRIBLE as Long John Silver

    by i_got_worms

  • May 25, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Interestingly Tim Curry was very good as Long John Silver

    by i_got_worms

    ...in the Muppets Treasure Island (ahem). So there you go.

  • May 25, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    re:optimus primal

    by ripper t. jones

    gotta be one of the stupidest posts Ive ever seen here. Cage match Izzard and Curry on IMDB and try and justify your imbecillic comment. Dressed to Kill is genius, RHCP not so much.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Izzard

    by IceMonkey

    Is hysterical and a pretty good actor to boot. I hope this show is on here.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    IFC

    by DangerMan

    Sounds like IFC means I'm Fuckin' Chicken since there's nothing on their website about this show except for the press release that Herc posted. There's stuff on the web about the foreign screenings which this fdude must have seen. I want to see this.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    @keysersoze

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    No, it was on here, people slammed the costume design sketches, as they looked like the Dos Equis guy... Most Interesting Man in the World, sorry.

  • May 26, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Trust me

    by alan_poon

    He knows what he's doing.

  • May 26, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    I like Izzard

    by mooli_mooli

    A lot, but he struggles to find acting roles that suit him, I think. I thought his best acting work TBH was in United States of Tara, and I really enjoyed him in that. Also, the dude ran 43 marathons in 51 days. Major kudos for that alone.