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10 shows that need a Kickstarter campaign

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Last week the cast and crew of “Veronica Mars” proved that you don’t need big studio support if you have a devoted fan base.  The show has raised over 3.5 million dollars on the donation site Kickstarter.com to produce their own feature-length film. Since then, rallying calls have gone through the Internet to round up the troops of fans for several cult-followed television series that ended before their time. The “Mars” campaign will inevitably start a new trend of fan decided features, giving new life to old favorites and potentially a new revenue source outside of ratings dependent networks. So get out your wallets because IFC has put together a list of 10 shows that could use the fan push to the big screen (or most likely stream directly online).




1. “Pushing Daisies” (ABC, 2007-2009)

As soon as showrunner Bryan Fuller found out about the “Mars” campaign he was on the phone to his agent asking if he could do the same for his dark comedy “Pushing Daisies.” The show was initially a hit on ABC when it first premiered in 2007, receiving a full-season order in the fall but became a victim of the WGA strike that same winter. The show ended its first season with a cliffhanger at the end of the ninth episode instead of completing its ordered 22-episode arc. The shortened season wasn’t enough to gather ratings steam to make it through a second season and it was cancelled with three episodes still waiting to be aired. However, PD has nurtured a committed fan base – many of which fell in love with the show after it went off the air – and Fuller has shown an interest in any avenue that may get “Pushing Daisies” more screen time. This show is probably the most likely of the list to follow in the “Veronica Mars” footsteps, but considering the complex visual elements of the show, PD will need a lot more than 3.5 million to actually get off the ground.




2. “Chuck” (NBC, 2007-2012)

The ultimate nerd super-agent comedy made it five seasons on NBC before bowing it’s head last February, but it’s another one that felt like it ended before fans were ready to say goodbye. “Chuck” star Zachary Levi spoke to EW.com shortly after “Mars” reached $2 million to say that he and co-star Yvonne Strahovski were definitely in for a full-length “Chuck” feature. There was no word on whether they’d definitely go through Kickstarter or other means (Levi’s side company Nerd Machine perhaps?) but there’s no doubt the fans would come out of the woodwork to find out what happens to Chuck and Sarah in a life post-The Intersect.




3. “Boy Meets World” (ABC, 1993-2000)

This is purely for nostalgia reasons. So what if there’s already a Disney spin-off with Cory and Topanga’s daughter. Is that enough? The show ended in the early 2000s with the John Adams High group moving to New York together, but we need to know happened between their move to the big apple and The Mattews part 2 settling down in suburban adulthood. Surely Mr. Feeny has another lesson to teach them. There must be another way for Shawn to struggle with the difference between his trailer park roots and affluent suburban circle. Maybe they could all cram into a station wag and travel the country Keroac style with Feeny was narrator. It doesn’t really matter as long as we can hear Eric yell “FEENAY. FEE-HEE-HEE-HEENAY” just one more time.




4. “Joan of Arcadia” (CBS, 2003-2005)

The teen-drama only lasted for two seasons, maybe because the title and premise of “young girl inspired by her visions of God” may have seemed too evangelist to bring in a mainstream audience. For those who watched though they found a smart, intense drama that tackled the typical high school troubles of a teenage girl while also dealing with faith and moral responsibility without being preachy.  When the show was cancelled Amber Tamblyn (Joan) was quoted saying, “I’d rather be a on a good show that only runs two years than on a dumb show that’s a hit for like eight years,” which hopefully means she’d be ready to bring it back. Not to mention the show ended on the ultimate cliffhanger- with Joan about to face off against Satan himself incarnated by Wentworth Miller.  What better place to start a movie than the ultimate good VS. evil showdown?


5. “Community” (NBC, 2010- present)

Though it’s still airing it’s fourth season, poor ratings have haunted the smart, critically acclaimed comedy from the start. It’s the only show on television that could pull off a Claymation Christmas special or an episode where the entire cast is forced into an 8-bit video game. Last spring chants of #SixSeasonsAndAMovie were heard all over the internet when creator Dan Harmon was ousted at the end of the third season and the show’s fate was left undetermined for weeks. It’s the type of show that harbors such an intense, dedicated fan base that it can be voted “TV Guide’s Fan Favorite” the same week it’s suspended mid-season. It’s obvious we can’t trust NBC to make the right call on this one, but the world would be amiss without a feature-length Jeff-and-the-Study-Group-save-Greendale feature. There needs to be a contract saying that Harmon helms the entire thing though, or else it’s blasphemy.

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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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