The ‘Counterpart’ Season 2 Finale Undoes an Original Sin & Introduces a New One

    Documentary Now! is a miracle of a TV show. I still can’t quite believe it exists, let alone is now on the cusp of airing a third season. The IFC series was created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas as a love letter of sorts to the documentary genre, as each episode finds actors putting a comedy spin on a famous documentary.

    With Hader busy creating, writing, directing, and starring in the excellent HBO series Barry and Armisen busy appearing in a dozen other projects at once, Documentary Now Season 3 breaks from tradition in that the two SNL alums don’t appear onscreen in every episode.

    But the lower profiles of Hader and Armisen in Season 3 gives Documentary Now an opportunity to introduce new faces with terrific results. Owen Wilson kicks things off with the two-part season opener “Batshit Valley,” written by Seth Meyers. This one is a spin on both the Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country and the 2012 doc The Source Family, which finds Wilson playing a very chill cult leader. Michael Keaton also makes a welcome return to comedy as the FBI agent hot on his trail (or is he?).

    Then there’s Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (yes the Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett) starring in “Waiting for the Artist,” where the actress plays an acclaimed performance artist attempting to prepare for a career retrospective. Written by Meyers and co-starring Armisen, it’s inspired by film Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present and Blanchett is unsurprisingly phenomenal in the lead role.

    But the MVPs of the season—and of the series, really—are Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas, who in addition to serving as executive producers also directed the episodes. Not only is each episode visually distinct, but the aesthetic of each documentary is pitch perfect, to the point where I would completely believe these were all directed by different people. “Original Cast Album: Co-op” feels like footage ripped right out of the 70s; “Batshit Valley” feels like watching a VHS tape of local news recordings; and “Long Gone” evokes its Eastern European setting in gorgeous black-and-white photography.

    Please keep Documentary Now! going for as long as humanly possible.


    1. Someone necessarily assist to make significantly posts I’d state.
      That is the very first time I frequented your website page and so far?
      I surprised with the research you made to make this actual publish amazing.
      Magnificent process!

    2. My partner and I stumbled over here from a different web page and thought I might as well check things out.
      I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward
      to looking into your web page repeatedly.

    3. I am in fact happy to read this webpage posts which carries lots of valuable
      information, thanks for providing these data.

    4. This design is incredible! You most certainly know
      how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.
      I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that,
      how you presented it. Too cool!

    5. It is truly a nice and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you simply shared this
      helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this.

      Thanks for sharing.

    6. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog.
      It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s difficult to get that “perfect balance” between usability and appearance.
      I must say you have done a fantastic job with this. Additionally, the blog loads very quick for me
      on Chrome. Outstanding Blog!

    7. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout
      on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
      Either way keep up the excellent quality writing,
      it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

    8. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a
      40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she
      has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I
      had to share it with someone!

    9. When it comes to betting on sports, you have got a few options—betting at a sportsbook or betting online.

    10. Wfmr Harris Teeter Jda Workforce Login Myhtspace Login Harris Teeter Employee Benefits Harris Teeter Schedule Jda Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Pay Stub

      We absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for.
      Does one offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs?

      I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating
      on a few of the subjects you write regarding here.

      Again, awesome site!

    11. Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring
      on other blogs? I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and
      would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would
      value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to
      send me an e-mail.

    12. I blog quite often and I truly thank you for your
      information. This great article has really peaked my interest.

      I will bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once per week.
      I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

    13. Hi, I log on to your new stuff on a regular basis.
      Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

    14. It’s actually very complex in this busy life to listen news on TV,
      so I only use web for that reason, and obtain the most recent information.

    15. Great goods from you, man. I’ve keep in mind your stuff prior to and you are simply too great.

      I really like what you’ve bought right here, really like what
      you are saying and the best way wherein you are saying it.
      You’re making it entertaining and you continue to take care of to stay it wise.
      I cant wait to read far more from you. That is really a great site.

    16. Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we
      have created some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange solutions with others, please shoot me an email if interested.

    17. Howdy! I know this is somewhat off-topic however
      I had to ask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours require a lot of work?

      I’m brand new to writing a blog however I do write in my journal on a daily
      basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my own experience and feelings online.
      Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring
      blog owners. Appreciate it!

      my webpage เรียนต่อนิวซีแลนด์

    18. Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using?

      I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and
      I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider
      at a honest price? Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

    Leave a reply

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here