Concurrent with the release of the NSFW video above (a sanitized version appears below) — in which a TV newsmagazine gets an earful from the “Disgraced American Hero?” — and a few photos, it was announced that all eight episodes of the Will Forte-led comedy will premiere on Thursday, Dec. 16.
The premise for the series? After serving more than 10 years of a life sentence following the death of his arch enemy Dieter Von Cunth (portrayed by Val Kilmer in the film), “America’s ultimate hero and uberpatriot” is released for the purpose of a covert mission — to take down a mysterious villain from his past, Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth (played by Billy Zane). “With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must reassemble his old team, Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe), in order to defeat the forces of evil.”
The series’ cast also includes Sam Elliott (as MacGruber’s estranged father, Perry), Laurence Fishburne (General Barrett Fasoose, who is now married to Vicki), Joseph Lee Anderson (Major Harold Kernst) and Timothy V. Murphy (reprising his film role as Constantine Bach).
In addition to starring, Forte also served as writer, EP and co-showrunner alongside directors John Solomon and Jorma Taccone. Other EPs include longtime SNL overlord Lorne Michaels (of course), John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer and Erin David.