How unnerving is Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the classic children’s tale Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events? So unnerving that it’s caused jolly cut-up Patrick Warburton to become super-serious. In this new clip teasing the eight-episode series, which premieres on Jan. 13, 2017, the former Tick steps assumes the role of the narrator for these Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket, who chronicled the sad case of the Baudelaire orphans over the course of 13 books. “The entire crew is suffering from low morale,” Warburton says, walking through the darkened soundstages where the series is being filmed.
Well…maybe not the entire crew. In the middle of his stone-faced soliloquy, the actor is interrupted from off-screen by a maniacally happy singer who sounds an awful lot like Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the orphans’ sinister guardian and constant nemesis, Count Olaf. “Look away before this dire tale is even filmed,” Warburton warns viewers. Look away when NPH is having this much fun being bad? Fat chance.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres on Jan. 13, 2017 on Netflix