Getcher BULLET IN THE FACE Here

by Larry Brody

Run, do not walk to what I predict will be the best-written comedy series on U.S. TV this season. Yes, I’m plugging buddy Alan Spencer’s BULLET IN THE FACE. With a title like that, plus its pedigree, missing it will be the same as getting your own bullet-face thingie.

Bullet in the Face — Photos, press release, première date and controversy !
by Bunky Bunk

When Evan Shapiro (IFC & Sundance Channel president) departed his post in April, the forthcoming IFC original comedy Bullet in the Face lost its biggest champion. And champions are exactly what a show like Bullet needs considering that the broad, over-the-top half-hour may be the most violent comedy in television history. According to sources, when IFC execs screened the 6-episode series, there was shock and nervousness in the room. And now the controversial Bullet, which was not mentioned during IFC’s upfront presentation in March, is being scheduled in a very odd pattern : 3 episodes back-to-back on 2 consecutive nights : August 16 and August 17, from 10 PM-11:30 PM…

Bullet in the Face comes from the mind of creator-exec producer Alan Spencer, the mastermind behind the 1980s ABC classic Sledge Hammer. In announcing the project last year, IFC hinted at its unusual nature. When they ordered the series, Debbie DeMontreux, SVP Original Programming, said : “Bullet in the Face melds the best of the action/thriller genre with IFC’s comedic sensibility. This is television like viewers have never seen before”. The last statement, usually a PR cliché, may prove to be exactly right this time.

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Bottom line: If you see only one “outrageous bloodfest” this year, this definitely should be the one.

Okay, Alan? Now put down the gun…slowly…carefully…please…put it down…?

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.