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A ‘Married With Children’ Reunion Could Bring Back the Bundys

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Since going off the air in 1997 with 11 seasons under their belt, the stars of Married…with Children went their separate ways. Ed O’Neill (Al) stars in the Emmy-winning sitcom Modern Family, Katey Sagal (Peg) became the coolest biker mom on Sons of Anarchy, David Faustino (Bud) voiced Mako on the acclaimed Nickelodeon cartoon The Legend of Korra, and Christina Applegate (Kelly) went on to star in the Anchorman films, the sitcom Up All Night and the recent Vacation reboot. But it looks like the Bundys are getting back together for a reunion, and perhaps a TV spinoff for Bud Bundy.

E! News caught up with Faustino, who came out for the premiere of Vacation to support his former co-star. According to the actor, Sony is setting a new series into motion based on Married with Children, a la Fuller House. “Sony has it. They’re excited about it,” he said. “They’re working out some legal issues that we hope they work out.” He also said that “the whole cast, including Christina, is down to do little bits in it. The idea would be a pilot for a spinoff. That’s all I can say right now. It involves me and a few other people.”

A Married…with Children spinoff continuing the dysfunction of shoe salesman and father Al and his family seems like a natural progression in the current TV reboot climate. The cast of Full House, another popular series from the ’80s and ’90s, are reuniting for Fuller House, a new Netflix series focusing on DJ (Candace Bure) and her bff Kimmy (Andrea Barber). Then there’s the return of Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) for a new X-Files series, and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is also making its way back to television. Short of rebooting the entire series, a Married spinoff fits right in with this trend of tickling our nostalgia epicenters.

We’ll have to wait and hear more from Sony, however, as an official deal hasn’t yet been made. Something can always go wrong. Look at Twin Peaks — even after it was formally announced, it got pushed back a year. So, while we would all love to see Sagal’s hair bob back onto TV, we shouldn’t count our eggs before they hatch.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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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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Car Notes

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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