Here's an idea that never occurred to us, but now that we've heard it, we can't imagine how it took this long to happen: Ron Burgundy is getting his own podcast. The Ron Burgundy. The show's a joint production between Funny or Die and iHeartRadio, and will hit the latter's sprawling podcast platform early next year.
Here's the announcement, via Business Insider:
“The Ron Burgundy Podcast will be co-produced by Funny Or Die and is an iHeartRadio Original podcast. This momentous moment will mark the return of the legendary anchorman himself, Ron Burgundy, who has been delighting fans all over the world since the hit movie Anchorman was released in 2004. Burgundy has signed on for two 12-episode seasons, with season one to launch in the first quarter of 2019 and the second season expected to air mid-2019. Excerpts of the audio series will also be distributed across iHeartRadio broadcast radio stations and via social media channels."
They're really committing to the bit, too: here's a statement from Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network:
“To be honest, we don’t want to do this podcast and we just want to get this announcement over with as soon as possible. Ron quite literally forced us into making this podcast with him, first calling us more than one hundred times in a single day and then proceeding to actually show up at our doorstep and physically force himself into our studios. We do hope the podcast is well-received, but in the meantime, we hope by agreeing to do the announcement he will stay away.”
Aaand here's a statement from Ron Burgundy himself:
"Listen, I don't know what a podcast is, but I currently have a lot of time on my hands and a lot to talk about. I am also broke. Therefore, I am very excited to do this podcast. It is literally saving my life."
"By the way, if iHeartRadio says that I harassed them into making a podcast, it is a lie!! A boldface lie!! Did I call them one hundred times in one day? Yes! But that's called persistence! I have filed suit against iHeartRadio for these salacious claims. I will be representing myself legally, since I currently do not have enough money to hire an attorney."
As you know, Ron Burgundy is the character Will Ferrell played across two Anchorman movies, one of which is a stone-cold classic. You'd think that information would be obvious and not worth explaining, but this is the internet, and if we don't specify that, yes, Will Ferrell will be hosting The Ron Burgundy Podcast in-character as Ron Burgundy, I promise you we'd be hearing about it from some pedantic lunatic within the hour (note: working online owns and I highly recommend it).
Anyway, this strikes us as a very good idea. Maybe the show will let Burgundy opine on current events; maybe it'll have him reporting on absurd, made-up events from the Anchorman universe. Maybe other Anchorman cast members will pop in for the occasional guest spot (don't tell me you wouldn't tune in for a Brick Tamland episode). Maybe we'll get a legitimately worthwhile expansion of the Anchorman mythology. There's no telling, but odds seem strong that whatever this is will be funny, so we're in.
Stay tuned for more on The Ron Burgundy Podcast as further updates become available.