Written in a fit of youthful intoxication by legendary author turned director Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), The Spoils Before Dying is a debaucherous pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ jazz scene. It follows Rock Banyon (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph) who is found dead with another man. Panicked, Rock splits for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores DeWinter (Kristen Wiig). With 72-hours to clear his name or fry in the electric chair, Rock and Delores embark on a dangerous quest for the truth that takes them into an abyss of sex, drugs, betrayal, and of course, jazz. While his world crumbles, Rock’s hard-charging manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment) pressures him to record a mainstream jazz album.
Additional cast includes Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters), Molly Shannon (Me &Earl &the Dying Girl, SNL), Tim Meadows (Marry Me, SNL), Lou GossettJr. (An Officer and a Gentlemen, Roots), Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, We Are Your Friends), Steve Tom (Major Crimes), Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Andrew Daly (Review, Comedy Bang! Bang!), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash, Twin Peaks), Chin Han (Marco Polo), Ted Levine (The Bridge, Monk), Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto), Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall) and Patty Guggenheim (Casa de mi Padre).
“Banned around the world almost five decades ago, The Spoils Before Dying is a gritty and unrelenting tale of forbidden everything,” said IFC President Jennifer Caserta. “We may all wind up in jail, but this epic tale of sex, drugs, violence and jazz WILL be seen.”
The Spoils Before Dying is produced by Funny Or Die and executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont wrote the miniseries, with Piedmont also directing.
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Latest/Next UK Season: mini
Latest/Next UK TV Air Date: 23 July 2015 at 10:30 pm
UK Channel: FOX (UK)
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Country of Origin: USA
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Followup to the comedy miniseries The Spoils of Babylon about a 1950s jazz pianist-turned-private eye who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. Stars Will Ferrell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Kristen Wiig & Haley Joel Osment (and many others!)