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01/24/2012 11:52 am ET

Ben Stiller To Star In, Direct HBO Series 'All Talk,' A Pilot By Jonathan Safran Foer

WASHINGTON -- Ben Stiller will star, direct and produce a new HBO series set in the nation's capital. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "All Talk," is being described as a "politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent" show that "revolves around the daily and life-altering dramas of a Jewish family" in D.C.

Alan Alda is also in the mix to join Stiller.

"All Talk" is a comedy pilot from author Jonathan Safran Foer, who grew up in the D.C. suburbs and went on to write novels "Everything Is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

How much will D.C. rub off on the show? That's too early to tell.

But Foer was raised in a famously brainy D.C. household -- one that also spawned brothers Franklin and Josh, also noted writers. From a 2006 New York Observer family profile:

"Family dinners were a big thing," Franklin Foer, who lives in Washington, D.C., said by phone. "You'd turn off the nightly news and then sit down and eat." Franklin described his father as a highly experimental cook, and mentioned his dad's "falafel spaghetti sauce" as one particular dish that left an imprint on his palate.

"Dinner-table conversation had its share of current events and historical discussion, and, you know, analysis of French symbolism … but also its share of fart jokes," he said.

As The Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes notes, HBO is taking a greater interest in D.C.-focused productions. In addition to "All Talk" and a planned biopic of former Mayor Marion Barry (D), the network has "Veep" starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and "Game Change," with Julianne Moore starring as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

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