Coming home isn’t always easy, especially when you’re diving back into the dysfunctional arms of your crazy family and mismatched friends. Chris Gethard, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell star in COMEDY CENTRAL’s “Big Lake,” a new half-hour, multi-camera family sitcom about a big city banker (Gethard) who loses his job and moves home to his parents’ couch in Big Lake, PA. Produced by Gary Sanchez Productions (“The Other Guys,” “Talladega Nights,” “Anchorman”) and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, “Big Lake” premieres on Tuesday, August 17 at 10:00 p.m. with two back-to-back episodes.
“Big Lake” centers on Josh (Gethard, Upright Citizens Brigade), who, after losing not only his lucrative banking job in the big city, but his father’s entire nest egg as well, is forced to move back home to his parents’ couch in Big Lake, PA. There, he reunites with Glenn Cordoba (Sanz, “Step Brothers”), his childhood best friend who’s fresh out of minimum security prison and Mr. Chris Henkel (Parnell, “30 Rock”), his favorite high school teacher. Josh’s homecoming isn’t warmly received by his lovingly dysfunctional family, as he constantly deals with his Dad (James Rebhorn, “Meet the Parents”), who’s trying to kick him out of the house, his cheerfully in-denial Mom (Deborah Rush, “Strangers with Candy”), who may be taking too many diet pills and his seemingly dorky 13-year-old brother (Dylan Blue, “Deck the Halls”), who’s secretly running a small criminal empire. Josh needs a new job in order to move off the couch, but in the meantime, he and his friends are too busy with iguanas, fighting bears, Serbian death metal enthusiasts, the Hooded Beast and, of course, Lee Harvey Osworld.
In the premiere episode, “Josh Comes Home,” Josh arrives on his parents’ front doorstep where he vows to stay on the couch until he earns back his father’s retirement fund, which he lost as a result of the financial crisis. After reuniting with his ex-con friend Glenn and his now burned-out high school teacher Chris, Josh sets out on a money-making scheme to sell a ball signed not only by Barry Bonds, but also by Marilyn Manson.
In the second episode, “Lee Harvey Osworld,” Glenn discovers evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald once lived in his family home and proposes to the mayor that they build a memorial site and amusement park called “Lee Harvey Osworld,” while Josh decides to retake a history test he failed in high school.
On comedycentral.com, viewers can expect a rich online experience with a unique perspective from inside the production. As the season progresses, the “Big Lake” Web site will host weekly episodic preview and highlight clips, as well as exclusive video pieces featuring the full cast of the show. From in-depth interviews with stars Gethard, Sanz and Parnell to a video diary from child actor Blue, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this new sitcom. The site will also feature an episode guide, character bios and real-time tweets from cast members.
Produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, the production company led by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, “Big Lake” is executive produced by Ferrell, McKay and Henchy, written by Emmy Award-winner Lew Morton (“Undeclared,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”) and directed by Emmy Award-winner Don Scardino (“30 Rock”).