HBO Orders Nathan Fielder Series ‘The Rehearsal’

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HBO has given a series order to Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder’s “The Rehearsal,” a new half-hour series from the co-creator behind Comedy Central’s cringe docu-reality show “Nathan for You.”

“The Rehearsal’s” official description is as follows: “In a world where nothing seems to ever work out as you had hoped, Nathan Fielder gives people the opportunity to rehearse for their own lives.” So far, the only cast confirmed is Fielder himself.

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Executive producing the new comedy are Fielder, who is also writing and directing, and Christie Smith and Dan McManus via Rise Management. The project is part of a pre-existing relationship with HBO, as the comedian inked a one-year overall deal at HBO back in August 2019.

Under the terms of that pact, Fielder served as an executive producer on “How To With John Wilson,” which premiered this past October on the premium cabler and garnered a 100% average Tomatometer critics score on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, as well as 90% audience approval. The half-hour show and first-person documentary series is about an anxious New Yorker (Wilson) who attempts to give everyday advice while dealing with his own personal issues. Acting as both cameraman and narrator, he covertly documents the lives of fellow New Yorkers in a comic odyssey of self-discovery, inevitably making the audience comfortable with the awkward contradictions of modern life. Fielder’s other show, “Nathan for You,” holds a comparably high Rotten Tomatoes rating, with a current critics score of 97% and an audience score of 95%.

Fielder is repped by UTA, Rise Management and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. His other onscreen credits include “The Disaster Artist,” “The Simpsons, “Rick and Morty,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Drunk History.”

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