Written and created by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock, the new comedy series, Family Tree, is a single-camera, documentary-style show in the manner of Guest’s acclaimed feature films (such as “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “A Mighty Wind”).
Unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd) is surprised when he’s bequeathed an old chest of curios by his great-aunt Victoria, although he and his sister Bea (Nina Conti) can’t remember ever meeting her. He finds an old black-and-white photo in the chest that his father, Keith (Michael McKean), believes is Tom’s great-grandfather, Harry. With the help of Mr. Pfister (Jim Piddock), his avuncular neighbor, and Pete (Tom Bennett), an old school friend, Tom tracks down Neville St. Aubrey (Christopher Fairbank), a strange expert in the field of antique photos, who discovers intriguing and revealing information about Tom’s ancestor. Meanwhile, Pete tries to get Tom’s love life back on track by setting him up with a “model pretty” date. He’s just not sure what kind of model.
Family Tree premieres SUNDAY, MAY 12 10:30pm ET/PT only on HBO.
Check out the trailer and first clip below.