IFC anounces new slate, acquisitions

IFC, the Rainbow Media-owned US cable network, has launched its latest programming slate with a raft of new comedies, food series, mini-series and its first TV movie.

It has also inked a deal with distributor BBC Worldwide for a number of British comedy acquisitions including Ideal and Wrong Door.

The channel , which was previously known as the Independent Film Channel, has commissioned Bollywood Hero, a three part Starz Media-produced comedy mini-series that centres on former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan as he moves to India to star in a Bollywood film.

It is also launching cooking comedy series Food Party, a former web series that mixes weird puppets and cardboard cut out rock stars with cooking and stars Thu Tran as its host, and Dinner With The Band, a cooking show where New York chef Sam Mason cooks for his favourite indie rock bands.

The broadcaster has also greenlit Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) is a six part documentary series featuring interviews from the surviving members.

It also announced its first moves into TV movies, as first reported by TBIvision last October, with the launch of Lionsgate-produced Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter.

Meanwhile, Z-Rock and The Whitest Kids U Know have both been recommissioned.