Facebook signs Bill Murray and his brother for original comedy series
In its latest effort towards creating popular video, Facebook has signed the Murray brothers — Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray — for an original Facebook Watch show.
Variety reports that the baseball-loving brothers will star in an unscripted original series called Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings.
The 10-episode comedy series, produced by Oso Studios, will follow the two brothers as they visit Minor League ballparks across the country, immersing themselves in the local culture and interacting with the different communities.
According to Variety, Bill Murray described the show as “a little something to fill a baseball fan’s off-season hole in the heart.” Over the course of the show’s eight-minute-long episodes, the brothers are set to visit notable baseball locations, including the RiverDogs, Saints, Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, and Kansas City T-Bones ballclubs.
Both brothers executive produce the show and helped write the theme song, “The Thing About Baseball,” which is performed by Bill Murray.
Though we all know Bill Murray is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and passionate about the sport, Facebook could be making a risky move by signing a deal with the actor.
Prior to finalizing their divorce in 2008, Bill Murray’s now ex-wife Jennifer Butler claimed he was physically abusive towards her — even going so far as to file a restraining order against him. Though the allegations have yet to resurface, as the industry looks to identify less-than-honorable actors, especially after dozens of women accused Harvery Weinstein of sexual assault, there’s certainly potential to call upon Murray’s past.
Since Weinstein allegations came to light, people in nearly every industry have been speaking out about harassment, with big names in entertainment like Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. being called out for inappropriate past behavior.
Despite the risk, Oso founder Dub Cornett is still confident in the show and the platform decision. Cornett told Variety, “Facebook is a great place for this show. We were going into communities, so why wouldn’t we go to a place that creates communities?”
The series premieres on Monday, Nov. 20, but you can watch the trailer below.