Bill Hader makes directorial debut with HBO dark comedy series 'Barry'

HBO just announced the first season of a new eight-episode dark comedy series 'Barry' that will be co-created, executive produced, written, and directed by 'Saturday Night Live' alumnus Bill Hader and Alec Berg ('Silicon Valley'), set to debut on HBO on Sunday, March 25, in the 10:30-11:00 p.m. time slot.

The show follows its titular character, Barry, who is described as a "depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest." He takes on a job in Los Angeles that ends up with him following his "mark" into a class for aspiring actors, and instantly connects with the students in the acting class.

Barry decides to start afresh in this new community, but he is haunted by his past criminal activities. As his two worlds collide, he struggles to find a balance between them.

Stephen Root, who played blind art dealer Jim Hudson in 'Get Out,' plays Barry's handler, Fuches, who is dismayed when he discovers that his primary source of income is no longer taking on new marks.

Sarah Goldberg, who has been in 'Hindsight' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' plays Sally, Barry's love interest and a student at the acting class.

'True Detective's' Glenn Fleshler will play Goran Pazar, a surprisingly sentimental yet ruthless Chechen mob kingpin, and 'Gotham's' Anthony Carrigan will play the kingpin's brutal yet extremely polite righthand man, NoHo Hank.

Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie in 'Happy Days' and Barry Zuckerkorn on 'Arrested Development,' starring as the endearing but pompous teacher of the acting class, Gene Cousineau, who takes the mobster-turned-actor under his wing.

Hader will also be making his directorial debut with the series, in addition to playing the protagonist. A peek into the first episode, titled 'Chapter One: Make Your Mark' has been teased. Barry's handler, Fuches, sends him to Los Angeles to take down a mark for the Chechen mobster Goran Pazar and his sidekick NoHo Hank.

Barry follows his mark, an aspiring actor sleeping with Pazar's wife, into his acting class which is being taught by Gene Cousineau, and instantly feels drawn to the acting students, particularly Sally.

Despite deciding to start a new life as an acting student, his criminal past catches up to him.

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