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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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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.