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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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