Judd Apatow memorializes Garry Shandling

In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, photo, Judd Apatow producer and director of the HBO documentary "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling" pose for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. The new film draws on 30 years of Shandling’s intimate diaries and notes. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Judd Apatow has crafted a four-hour HBO documentary for his friend and mentor, Garry Shandling, drawing on 30 years of the late comedian's intimate diaries and notes

NEW YORK — Judd Apatow has decided to memorialize his friend and mentor Garry Shandling in an appropriate way.

Apatow made Shandling the subject of his four-hour HBO documentary called "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling." Shandling, after all, masterminded a brand of phony docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show."

The new film draws on 30 years of Shandling's intimate diaries and notes and includes interviews with James L. Brooks, Linda Doucett, David Duchovny, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O'Brien, Bob Saget, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor.

The documentary airs in two parts on March 26 and March 27.

Apatow wrote for Shandling and considers his "Freaks and Geeks" a version of "The Larry Sanders Show," only set in high school.

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