It feels like only a few years ago that Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s Documentary Now! premiered on IFC, debuting as a modest documentary-retrospective program. And yet the network announced Monday that the show will be renewed for its 53rd season of looks back at some of our finest works of nonfiction.
Or at least, that’s the narrative frame for Hader and Armisen’s mockumentary series, which will be getting its fourth season with IFC. The show—which spoofs popular documentaries under the guise of a Masterpiece Theater-esque curatorial program—will have another seven episodes—no word yet on an air date—with Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas producing alongside the show’s stars and Lorne Michaels serving as EP. Hopefully, Dame Helen Mirren will continue to present each mockumentary.
“This has, and will always be, a cash grab,” said Meyers in a statement. “There’s money in hyper-specific fake documentaries which is why we keep making them.”
Armisen also seemed enthusiastic about the project’s renewal. “Every project in existence is great. All shows are of equal quality and value, and this one is no different,” he said. “Directors and camera operators all work very hard on every show and I assume they will do that on future episodes of Documentary Now!”
Check out a clip from last season’s send-up of Original Cast Album: Company, which featured John Mulaney, Taran Killam and Richard Kind, below and revisit our ranking of ever Documentary Now! episode here.