Monday, November 2, 2015

TBS Orders Comedy 'Search Party' Starring Alia Shawkat to Series

TBS has given a series order to dark comedy Search Party starring Arrested Development alum Alia Shawkat. The series will debut sometime in 2016.

Search Party is written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, and overseen by Michael Showalter. Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns will also executive produce. Jax Media will produce. The series shot a pilot presentation before being shopped to various cable outlets.

In addition to Shawkat, the comedy also includes John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner.

Search Party centers on Dory (Shawkat), a fragile, frustrated, life-long doormat who is not particularly proud of her impact on the world, especially since her greatest accomplishment to date is organizing clothes to be donated to Goodwill for her wealthy employer. Dory feels stuck in a stale and disconnected relationship with her boyfriend, Drew (Reynolds), a kind of clueless, complacent, spoon-fed doofus who just really loves Christmas. She also feels removed from her closest friends, Elliott (Early), a self-diagnosed narcissist who loves adding job titles to his multi-hyphenate lifestyle, and Portia (Hagner), an actress always struggling to balance the challenging demands of chronic insecurity and pathological self-absorption.

But then, Dory learns that Chantal, a girl she barely knew in college, has gone missing. Despite having almost no personal connection to her, Dory becomes fixated on the mystery. Dory, Drew, Elliott and Portia are not crime solvers; they value brunch, parties and their own loud opinions. So when Dory drags them into a humbling, perilous pursuit to find the missing girl, they soon learn the meaning of real danger and become entangled in a sinister plot that is more than their privileged Brooklyn lifestyles ever bargained for.