Family Tree “Treading the Boards” Season 1 Episode 2 airs Sunday May 19 2013 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 2 “Treading the Boards” – Tom and Pete follow the trail of Harry, Tom’s great-grandfather, to the southern coast of England, where they meet an elderly woman who used to be his neighbor, and learn some very intimate details about his personal life from two men who run a theater. READ MORE...
When "Family Tree" premiered on HBO on May 12, it marked the first time Christopher Guest has worked on a television series in over two decades. After initially coming up with the idea for the series, Guest came out of semi-retirement so he could develop the show for HBO and BBC Two with frequent collaborator Jim Piddock and expand his mockumentary style to the small screen. Zap2it had the chance to speak to Piddock following the series premiere of "Family Tree." He co-created, wrote and starred in the first season's eight episodes, and revealed some key teasers about what viewers have in store of they tune in. It sounds like there are some crazy storylines on the way that definitely pay off. READ MORE...
People keep asking Christopher Guest whether "Family Tree," his comedy series that premiered Sunday night on HBO, was ever going to be a movie instead of a TV show. Read More... http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/05/13/the-christopher-guest-family-tree/?mod=WSJBlog
"Family Tree," the new HBO comedy from Christopher Guest, premiered Sunday (May 12), telling the story of Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd), who begins to explore his family heritage after inheriting a box of trinkets from a great aunt he never met.The premiere is chock full of charm, allowing O'Dowd to capitalize on the good will he generated from his revelatory turn in "Bridesmaids." But is charm enough to sell a comedy? The premiere also feels like it's crawling towards its end -- not an indicator of high-quality comedy.Sure, it has to introduce a world -- tonight, we meet Tom's dad Keith (played by Guest regular Michael McKean) and sister Bea (played by Nina Conti), along with best friend Pete Stupples (Tom Bennett). But is that world enough of an excuse to avoid actual laughs?There's a strange subplot with Bea, who carries with her a monkey hand puppet to reveal her honest thoughts. Why the monkey?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/family-tree-series-premiere-hbos-newest-mockumentary-charms-in-spite-of-its-meandering-nature.html
Long before The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family turned the mockumentary into a sitcom staple, Christopher Guest cornered the genre on the silver screen. With comedy classics like Be... http://www.starpulse.com/news/Samantha__Wilson/2013/05/11/preview_family_tree_?ref_src=news_rss
The eight-episode series will air Sundays at 10:30/9:30c on the pay channel. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2013/04/24/new-hbo-comedy-series-family-tree-created-by-christopher-guest-and-jim-piddock-starring-chris-odowd-debuts-may-12-411113/20130424hbo01/