HBO: Nathan Fielder TV Return, ‘The Rehearsal’, Coming in July

In “The Rehearsal,” Fielder stars as a man who wonders how much of his life is written for himself.

It’s been five years since Nathan Fielder brought his comedic style to television with the irreverent “Nathan for You.” But the public won’t have to wait long for the return of the writer, director and actor. Last Wednesday, Fielder posted a short teaser of his new show, “The Rehearsal,” on Twitter. In just 29 seconds, the audience showed a control room where people watch a woman and a baby from a remote location.

In “The Rehearsal,” Fielder plays a man who wonders how much of his life was written for himself. He will use a group of artists and other professionals to help him create a life so that he can “rehearse” important moments. An equally disturbing poster for the show was released shortly after the teaser, which showed Fielder sitting at a dining table surrounded by bizarre dolls acting as his family.

This isn’t Fielder’s only project in the works. In 2020, it was announced that Fielder would be working with Emma Stone and the Safdie brothers on a series called “The Curse” for Showtime. Stone plays half of a newlywed couple opposite Fielder in a “genre-bending script comedy that explores how an alleged curse [their relationship] as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problematic new HGTV show. That series appears to be currently in production.

“Nathan for You” was considered a game changer in documentary television. In a 2021 IndieWire Influencers piece, writer Chris Boeckman explained the meaning of Fielder. “Fielder continues a long, vital tradition that positions the documentary maker not as an observer but as an instigator. His work should be considered alongside that of William Greaves, who created his own chaos by playing the part of an incompetent director in ‘Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One’ (1968) or Marcel Łoziński, who planted a quirky couple at the communist summer camp he documented in ‘How To Live’ (1981) or Joe Gibbons, who committed countless petty crimes for years on the way to producing his ‘Confessions of a Sociopath’ (2002).”

Fielder most recently served as an executive producer on HBO’s “How To With John Wilson,” which has just completed its second season on HBO.

You can watch the teaser for “The Rehearsal,” which premieres July 15, below.

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