Today Sony’s Crackle launched the first three episodes of its sixteen-episode comedy series Held Up, written and executive produced by fraternal comedy duo the Sklar Brothers. The series, directed by Paul Blart: Mall Cop director Steve Carr, chronicles a bored bank teller’s life changing experience as two separate teams of dim-witted bank robbers try to bust the same bank simultaneously.
The series is produced by Jamie Tarses and stars It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson, The League’s Nick Kroll, and The Sarah Silverman Program’s Steve Agee, with Cyrs Farmer, Jon Dore, Suzy Nakamura, Eddie Pepitone, Har Mar Superstar, Tig Notaro, and the Sklar Brothers themselves.
As the story proceeds, the hostages fall victim to the two pairs of idiot robbers—disguised as Rocky I, Rocky II, Batman, and Robin—and begin sympathizing with their captors in a weird, comedic version of the Stockholm Syndrome. “In the same way that we really love the relationship, and who doesn’t, between Niles and Frasier Crane—that they made Niles even farther to the right than Frasier—we thought how great would it be if Jon is this total smartass, but we have Kaitlin, who is so strong comedically, and he falls in love with her from a comedy perspective,” Randy Sklar told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview.