HBO Orders Christopher Guest Mockumentary Series ‘Family Tree’

On Thursday, HBO announced that it had picked up a new series, “Family Tree,” created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. The series will be presented in a documentary-style format and star Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) as Tom Chadwick, a 30-year-old man on a journey of personal discovery.

Guest, is a writer, director and star of comedies like This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind.

HBO described the storyline: “Having recently lost his job and girlfriend, Tom has a rather unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt that he never met, he starts investigating his family lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters and a growing sense of who he is and who his real family are.”


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