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Green Acres remake may get a green light

by Paul Goebel, posted Nov 20th 2007 10:42AM

Eva Gabor & Eddie AlbertRichard Bare spent most of his directing career helming the productions of every single episode of Green Acres. You'd think after all that time spent directing what some consider to be the dumbest sitcom ever he'd never want anything to do with the show ever again. WRONG!

Bare recently bought the rights to remake the series from the widow of creator Jay Sommers. According to Bare, now is the perfect time for a remake of GA to hit the airwaves.

"Studios are going to be searching for properties that have been written and ready to go into production without upsetting WGA in any way," Bare said.

The pilot for the new series is already written and takes place a month after the original series finale. No decisions have been made regarding casting but Bare already has people on the hunt for actors who are dead ringers for Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor.

Bare hasn't detailed his plan to circumvent the current writer's strike but since he has acquired the rights to the series there's a good chance that he plans to use some of the original scripts. This comes as great news for people who watched Green Acres for the writing, all three of them.

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dougmedia

I don't know who considers Green Acres to have been the dumbest TV comedy - I beg to differ, it was a classic and in my opinion one of the top 10 funniest TV comedies of all time! It's sister show, Beverly Hillbillies, was just as much a classic. One thing that made Green Acres so funny was the stupidity of many of Hooterville's residents and the absurd situations that happened, it was like a city slicker husband and wife just entered the Twilight Zone.

January 10 2012 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Syn

The people were just a little more normal then the ones on GA,they're more like people from Pixlie.

November 20 2007 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oliver Wendell Douglas

Paul Goebel wouldn't know entertainment if it was pointed out to him.Wonder if his uncle got him the job of writing entertainment news after getting fired from a convenience store gig?
The original Green Acres show was great!

November 20 2007 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rufus Firefly

Wasn't "Newhart" basically a remake of "Green Acres"?

November 20 2007 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Kosmicki

as has been said, only people who have not watched it recently would characterize Green Acres as bad. Petticoat Junction was horrible and tarnishes all the CBS Hooterville shows. Green Acres was wonderfully written, perfectly cast, and performed well. It is rightfully a classic comedy, much less just TV comedy. Now MGM or whoever needs to get then last few seasons released on DVD.

November 20 2007 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

I don't know anyone who considers "Green Acres" to be the dumbest sitcom ever. I doubt it would even crack the top 100. I'm surprised by how many people recognized the subversiveness of the social satire going on beneath the slapstick. But I don't see a point in remaking or continuing it.

November 20 2007 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Syn

There were probably scripts written that were never used.Always one of my favorites I think GA was and is a riot.It makes me think of what a show would be like if written and produced by Mel Brookes And the Zuckers.That said they should not make a new GA the way it is being talked about,just because you find look alikes (for the whole cast?) doesn't meen they would be as funny. Instead make it now with a granson moving to the old farm with his city wife.By now Hootrviller should be as modern as the 70's.

November 20 2007 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marah

sweet lord, i love green acres. and while it's pretty inane, it's like family guy. the insanity just makes it fantastic.

November 20 2007 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

I'm confused.

You say it is a remake in the title, make it seem like they will just dust off the old scripts in case of a long strike. But then there is this part....

"The pilot for the new series is already written and takes place a month after the original series finale."

If it takes place after the real show than how is it a remake and how can they write episodes without writers?

November 20 2007 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Uhm, Helen, maybe you should have your own mind washed out with soap if all you can find on the sitcom airwaves are sex-filled shows. Perhaps you've never switched the channel to NBC? Chuck, 30 Rock, and The Office have all been waiting for you.

November 20 2007 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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