We just heard that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are developing a new comedy series for HBO with Lizzy Caplan, but on August 17th yet another comedy series from the Anchorman collaborators will debut on Comedy Central with back-to-back episodes. Big Lake is a new half-hour sitcom about a big city banker, played by Chris Gethard (The Other Guys). He loses his job, his father’s nest egg, and retirement fund, then moves home to his parents’ couch in Big Lake, Pennsylvania, where Saturday Night Live alums Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz are already waiting for him. Hit the jump for more details on the new series including an extended trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Once Josh (Gethard) falls back into Big Lake, he reunites with his childhood best friend Glenn Cordoba (Sanz) who has just been released from a minimum security prison and Mr. Chris Henkel (Parnell), Josh’s favorite teacher from his high school days. Meanwhile, Josh’s dysfunctional family isn’t too happy to have him back under the roof. His father (played by the fine character actor James Rebhorn), is constantly trying to kick him out of the house, his mother (Deborah Rush) is on too many diet pills and his 13 year-old brother (Dylan Blue) is running some sort of small crime empire. In the quest to earn back his father’s retirement fund, Josh and his friends are constantly distracted by iguanas, fighting bears, Serbian death metal enthusiasts and more.
In the premiere episode, Josh returns to Big Lake and in order to quickly make some money, sets out to get a baseball signed by both Barry Bonds and Marilyn Manson. Right after the series premiere, the second episode keeps the show rolling when Josh’s friend Glenn discovers evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald once lived in his family home and proposes to the mayor that they build a memorial site and amusement park called “Lee Harvey Osworld.” If these are the kind of antics that will keep on coming the rest of the season, this just might be worth checking out on August 17th at 10pm EST on Comedy Central. Decide for yourself after watching the trailer below.