Steve Carell's new series premieres at SXSW Film

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Cast and crew from the upcoming TBS comedy, "Angie Tribeca," answer questions from the audience March 14 at SXSW.

She’s tough as nails with a tragic back story and does the job that needs to be done to ensure justice is served.

Her name is Angie Tribeca, and she’s the genius creation of the comedic minds of Steve and Nancy Walls Carell. 

The "Angie Tribeca" series premiered Saturday at the Vimeo Theater as during the South by Southwest Film festival's episodic series portion.

The show takes a satirical look at the stereotypical cop genre that has plagued television viewers for years. It gives new life to the art form. The show is wacky, crazy and is downright entertaining the watch. 

The Carells came up with this character by laughing about how goofy the name Tribeca sounded, Steve said. Steve had a meeting with TBS where he brought up the idea for the show.  TBS was immediately on board from that point on, he said.

Rashida Jones stars as the show’s protagonist. Her journey begins when she is assigned a new partner, Jay Gilies (Hayes MacArthur).

In the first two episodes shown at the festival, the duo prevent a desperate art teacher from blackmailing the mayor and bust a wedding planner involved in a drug ring.

Each episode is filled with running gags and bits as well as poking fun at every cop cliché in the book.

At the beginning of the panel, Steve said the show was “really, really stupid.”

Both episodes that screened were filled with guest stars including, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott and James Franco.

Steve said there is even more guest appearances to come as the season rolls along. He hinted there may even be an appearance by Bill Murray in later episodes.