Tobey Maquire, star of
"I'm sorry and you're welcome," he quipped to reporters at the winter Television Critics Assn. media tour.
Maguire was making fun of the intentionally overblown "The Spoils of Babylon," which is a parody of over-the-top miniseries, complete with swelling orchestral music, awkward dialogue and chest-heaving passion.
The six-episode project, created and written by Funny or Die's Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele, represents IFC's most aggressive move yet in planting its comedy flag on the cable landscape. The series premieres Thursday.
Wiig said the particular tone of humor was distinctly different from her stint on
Distinguishing the project is its high-caliber cast. Said Steele, "That's why you do something like this with a cast like this."
Quipped Maquire: "You waste them."