When Does the New Season of ‘Documentary Now!’ Premiere?

It’s been a long wait, but fans of IFC’s Documentary Now! can finally look forward to new episodes in 2019. The cult-favorite show, which was co-created by Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers, “honors some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen” through spoofs of famous documentaries like Grey Gardens, The Thin Blue Line, and Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Season 3 of Documentary Now! premieres February 20, 2019


Season 2 of Documentary Now! ended in 2016, and the lengthy gap between seasons had some fans wondering if the show would ever return. But last year, IFC finally revealed some details for Season 3.

The third season of Documentary Now! will premiere February 20, 2019, at 10/9c on IFC with a special, two-part episode. Guest stars this season include Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Cate Blanchett, and Natasha Lyonne.

Parodying Netflix’s Wild Wild Country  

Documentary Now! has already produced sendups of film classics like Nanook of the North, mocked Vice News’s gritty, provocative reporting, and poked fun at overly serious rockumentaries. But the current craze for documentaries means there’s no shortage of new material to work with.

This season, the show takes aim at documentaries about cults with “Batsh*t Valley,” a parody of Netflix’s Wild Wild Country and the 2012 movie The Source Family. Both covered spiritual groups that took hold in the 1970s and 1980s. The Documentary Now! episode stars Owen Wilson as the spiritual leader Father Ra-Shawbard who’s established a commune in Chinook, Oregon. Michael Keaton plays Bill Doss, the FBI agent who wants to reveal the truth about the group. The two-part episode will air back-to-back on February 20.

What other movies will Season 3 of Documentary Now! spoof?

Bill Hader in Documentary Now

Bill Hader in the Season 2 Documentary Now! episode “Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid” | Rhys Thomas/IFC

Four other new episodes of Documentary Now! will also air this season.

“Waiting for the Artist” stars Cate Blanchett as Izabella Barta, a celebrated performance artist preparing for a career retrospective, and Armisen as Dimo, her former lover and infamous art world provocateur. It’s inspired by the 2012 movie Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, and was written by Meyers.

“Original Cast Album: Co-op” spoofs Original Cast Album: Company, a 1970 film by D.A. Pennebaker about the recording of the cast album for the Stephen Sondheim musical Company. It stars Taran Killam, John Mulaney, and James Urbaniak.

“Long Gone” is about a jazz musician (Armisen) and those he influenced, including his girlfriend and vocalist Carla Meola (Natasha Lyonne). It’s a take on Let’s Get Lost, a 1988 documentary about Chet Baker.

“Any Given Saturday Afternoon” was inspired by League of Ordinary Gentleman, a documentary about professional bowlers. It follows Rob Seger (Kevin Dunn), the head of marketing for the Professional Bowling League, through a season on the pro-bowling circuit. Michael C. Hall, Tim Robinson, and Bobby Moynihan play professional bowlers.

Back in March 2018, IFC also teased an additional episode titled “One Giant Leap” that would spoof space-race documentaries like From Earth to the Moon.

Once again, Helen Mirren will be back to introduce each episode. You can catch up on previous seasons of Documentary Now! on Netflix and iTunes.

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