Remember that horror comedy Death Valley I was telling you about before that MTV had ordered last fall? MTV announced it'll premiere the new series at 10:30 p.m. Mondays, starting Aug. 29, 2011.
It's a documentary-style look at the LAPD's newly-formed "Undead Task Force," tasked to go after the vampires, werewolves (except Teen Wolf, although that'd be a freaky cross-over stunt episode, wouldn't it?) and zombies that live in the San Fernando Valley. Death Valley stars comedians Bryan Callen and Charlie Sanders alongside Tania Raymonde (Lost), Caity Lotz (Mad Men), Bryce Johnson and Texas Battle.
Here's a two-minute trailer to get you riled up! Roll it!
Remember back in April, when Eric Appel directed Charlie Sanders in Funny or Die's first short film, The Big Dog, and I asked Sanders what was next for him?
So what's next for you? "I just shot a pilot for MTV." How much did The Big Dog help in that regard? "I would presume the trailer and the existence of 'Big Dog' really helped. Eric directed the pilot, too." What can you tell me about it? "It's about cops who fight zombies."
MTV announced Tuesday night it was ordering a 12-episode season of that cops-fighting-zombies show, called Death Valley.
Appel posted the full description of the show on his Tumblr. Essentially, it's a scripted horror-comedy with a documentary crew following a special LAPD unit, the Undead Task Force, that fights all sorts of monsters. Vampires, werewolves and zombies. The cast includes Sanders, Caity Lotz (Anna Draper's niece from this season of Mad Men) and Tania Raymonde (Rousseau's daughter from Lost). Congrats on the pickup!
MTV also announced it was ordering a first season of a coming-of-age pilot called That Girl. Not to be confused with the 1960s sitcom that starred Marlo Thomas.
Wait enough months, and eventually, Funny or Die will make good on its tease, in which it sanctioned the production of a lengthy short film, written and directed by Eric Appel with writer/star Charlie Sanders. Yes. "The Big Dog" is up in its 17-minute entirety.
Also featuring Bob Odenkirk, Nelson Franklin (The Office, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Rich Sommer (Mad Men) and Jessica St. Clair (Best Week Ever). Read my previous interview with Charlie Sanders about "The Big Dog," then watch the full short film. Would you eat "The Big Dog"? Are you already eating it? Roll it!