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It's a "Wonder Years Redux" kind of week

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 5, 2014


You may have seen the news yesterday that Danica McKellar, beloved as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years," will be on "Dancing With the Stars" when the new season starts on March 17. Well, today's email includes a note that Fred Savage, who starred as Kevin Arnold on the series, will continue his current career as director and producer on a new series. The official word:

Fred Savage has signed on to direct and executive produce IFC’s upcoming scripted comedy Garfunkel and Oates. [See a clip of the very funny duo, above.] Starring comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Super Fun Night, Enlightened) and Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory, Raising Hope), the series chronicles the pair’s humorous misadventures and how they rely on each other -- and a few clever songs -- to get them through their personal and professional stumbles. Production begins today in Los Angeles.

A seasoned television director and actor, Savage will direct all eight half-hour episodes of the debut season. Previous directing credits include Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Party Down, among others. Garfunkel and Oates is set to premiere on IFC in late summer 2014.

“Fred is one of today's hottest comedy directors and he’s a huge addition toGarfunkel and Oatesas both series director and executive producer. We’re thrilled to have him at the helm of this smart new comedy,” said IFC President, Jennifer Caserta.

 Named after “two rock n’ roll second bananas,” Garfunkel and Oates (Lindhome and Micucci) have amassed a strong and loyal following performing as comedic songstresses who are never afraid to sing about what everyone is thinking, but often too polite to say.

The series is created by Lindhome and Micucci. It is produced by Abominable Pictures and executive produced by Lindhome, Micucci, Savage, Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, Burning Love) and Dennis McNicholas (Saturday Night Live), who is also the showrunner.

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