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Jeffrey Dean Morgan would consider playing the Comedian again in “Before Watchmen”

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When DC Comics announced that they’d be working on “Watchmen” prequels entitled “Before Watchmen,” it brought mixed responses from comic book fans. Alan Moore’s original series has stood on its own for more than three decades, so it seems strange to tinker with that formula now.

But the joy of comic books is that they are stories that can be continually revisited, and it seems that DC decided now was the best time to revisit the Watchmen. It certainly helps that the 2009 big screen adaptation of “Watchmen,” directed by Zack Snyder, brought a renewed interest in the series. However, neither Moore nor original artist Dave Gibbons will be lending their talents to these new stories.

It seems natural that Warner Bros consider making a film adaptation of the prequels once all seven issues hit newsstands. The first film was considered a failure — it only grossed $55 million more than its budget — but still generated enough fan interest to make a prequel seem potentially worthwhile, especially if the prequel comics do well. IFC caught up with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who starred as the Comedian in Snyder’s version of “Watchmen,” at the Film Independent Spirit Awards to ask if he’d ever be interested in returning to his mask and cigar.

“It would have to be the right people involved,” Morgan said hesitantly. “I would like Dave Gibbons, the creator of the [comic], to be behind it. I’d love to work with Zack again. Bur we always said when we did ‘Watchmen’ it was a one off. There’s no way there can be a prequel so I don’t know. It makes me nervous that they’re even talking about it.”

That being said, it seems as though this is the only way fans would be able to see Morgan as the Comedian again as he died in the first film. Since he played the Comedian in a variety of eras in “Watchmen,” Morgan agreed that it would make sense for him to return to the role in a prequel.

“If there was a way [Warner Bros] could squeeze a move out of it they’d probably try to find a way,” he said. “I don’t know honestly if they’d recast but since I play the Comedian from 18 to his demise at 60 I guess I would fit in there somewhere.”

Bottom line? “We’ll see,” Morgan said. “We’ll see.” Sounds like it’s up to “Before Watchmen” to be a success before we ever here official talks about the comic book being made into a movie. But at least it’s nice to know that Morgan would be game if it ever came to that.

Would you want to see Morgan reprise the role of the Comedian in a “Before Watchmen” adaptation? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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