IFC intends to grow its comedy programming, as evidenced by the cable channel's announcement that they ordered three pilots and eight scripts for 2014.
Highlights of the announcement are a pilot built around Garfunkel & Oates, the female musical comedy duo made of up actress/musicians Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, and a script written by Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace," "Party Down") called "Two Idiots," about "a pair of odd women raised in an old world Beverly Hills hotel."
Lindhome and Micucci previously had a web series on HBO Go as Garfunkel & Oates.
Other highlights include a pilot from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" alums Michael Blieden and Eric Ledgin called "International Plan," about two friends travelling around the world looking for love; the animated pilot "Timms Industrial Piping" featuring the voice talents of Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll and John Lithgow, among others; and a script order of "Stupid Life," an adaptation of IFC "adopted comic" Chris Gethard's autobiography that will be executive produced by Tom Scharpling (best known as half of the comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster, and host of "The Best Show on WFMU").
The network also ordered scripts from other big names in comedy such as Matt Besser, Rich Fulcher, Kyle Dunnigan, Tim Long, Rob Schrab, Michael Davis and Damian Lanigan.
In addition to these shows, IFC is premiering "Maron" from comedian and podcaster Marc Maron on May 3, and have also announced the early stages of new shows from Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk. "Portlandia," the show that showed IFC that comedy was a viable angle for their original programming, will return for a fourth season in January 2014.
IFC's upfronts will be held in Manhattan Thursday night, where the network will presumably provide more details on the upcoming shows.
Read the full lineup of IFC's pilots and scripts here.