Yabba Dabba Doo: Seth MacFarlane to Reboot the Flintstones

Yabba Dabba Doo: Seth MacFarlane to Reboot the Flintstones (photo)

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“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has done well with funny fat family men in the past, but when Fox confirmed the news that he will be re-booting “The Flintstones” some eyebrows were raised. What does the guy who brought us moments like this:

have in mind for the much-loved “modern stone age family”? Well, fans of Fred and Barney, need only look so far as the Flintstones-inspired “Family Guy” sketches for a hint of what may lie ahead:

MacFarlane’s desire to helm a reboot of the classic cartoon is not exactly surprising to his fans. Fred and Barney have popped up in “Family Guy” cartoons for years, engaging in the sexual innuendo, crassness, and toilet humor that are par for the course in MacFarlane’s cartoons, including “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad.” “The Flintstones,” however, revolved around work at the quarry, fights with the neighbors, and family time at the drive-in theater. The most controversial moments came at the Order of the Water Buffalo lodge meetings or maybe in this cigarette commercial. So how will MacFarlane mesh the two visions? More important, are the airwaves ready for this? MacFarlane, for one, speaking at the Fox upfronts, thinks “America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.” Unfortunately we will have to wait until 2013 to find out, as MacFarlane has only just secured the rights to reboot the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

The original Flintstone’s show aired from 1960-1966 on ABC, with several spinoffs, including “Pebbles and Bamm Bamm” and “Fred Flintstones and Friends.” In 1994, John Goodman and Rosie O’Donnell starred in a version on the silver screen, and there was a very unnecessary prequel, “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” in 2000. If “The Flintstones” could survive that, they should be able to weather MacFarlane, too.

Yabba Dabba Doo!

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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