What's up with kids today? Don't ask Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig and executive producer Judd Apatow. Although Feig is an honored graduate of the prestigious USC Film School, and Apatow is a prolific Emmy-winning writer-producer, when it comes to delineating the details of life in a modern-day high school, the two are kind of, well, clueless...
While Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after only one season, it has gone onto amass a healthy cult following, with younger audiences discovering it every year as it continues to stream on Netflix. Vacation co-director John Francis Daley hopes that works to his advantage as he plans a mini Freaks and Geeks reunion for his upcoming comedy reboot.
John Francis Daley co-wrote and will co-direct Vacation with his partner Jonathan M. Goldstein. Talking to Vulture three weeks into the shoot, Francis Daley also confirms that he has a small cameo appearance that will reunite him with former Freaks and Geeks co-stars Samm Levine and Martin Starr.Read More
Continuing to build on its strategy of showcasing "slightly off" comedies that appeal to its young male audience, IFC announced today it has acquired the complete series of Judd Apatow's Emmy-winning high school comedy Freaks and Geeks (18 episodes) and college spinoff Undeclared (17 episodes) from Paramount Pictures Corporation. These two cult TV hits helped launch the careers of Jay Baruchel, Jenna Fischer, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, among other young stars. Freaks and Geeks will premiere on IFC on Friday, July 2 at 11 pm, et/pt, and encore on Mondays at 11 pm and Sundays at 10 pm. Undeclared will debut on IFC this fall. A previously unaired episode of Undeclared will make its U.S. television debut on IFC.
Freaks and Geeks is set in the 1980s at McKinley High where there're two different groups of teenagers: the Freaks with cool and charismatic Daniel Desario (James Franco, Pineapple Express) and tomboy Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini, ER), and the Geeks with Lindsay's shy younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley, Bones), gentle Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr, Knocked Up), and self-proclaimed ladies' man Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine, I Love You, Beth Cooper). The series was executive produced by Judd Apatow (Get Him to the Greek); series writers include Paul Feig (The Office) and series directors include Jake Kasdan. It was produced by Apatow Productions in association with DreamWorks Television and aired for one season on NBC (1999-2000) and also starred Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall).Read More
Two of the men behind the cult classic TV series Freaks and Geeks are joining forces once again, this time for a silver-screen project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judd Apatow, who wrote and executive produced Freaks and Geeks, is reteaming with Freaks and Geeks series creator Paul Feig for a new, untitled comedy project for Universal Pictures.
Kristen Wiig is attached to star in the film and she also co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Mumolo, which revolves around two women fighting it out to control their friend's wedding party. The project, which was formerly called Bridesmaids, attracted the attention of Flight of the Conchords creator James Bobin, before he dropped out to direct the new Muppet movie.Read More