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FOX hopes The Rednecks & Romeos will be the next That '70s Show

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2009 2:04PM
That '70s ShowFOX has only two live action comedies on their fall slate: 'Til Death and Brothers. As someone who's seen Brothers, I can see why they'd be concerned that this isn't going to be enough. So, if you're FOX and you haven't had a good long-running comedy hit since That '70s Show, what do you do? Find the guys who worked on that and see what the've been up to, of course.

Co-creator and executive producer Mark Brazill has been developing a new multi-camera comedy. "We'll take it!" It's just a spec script right now? "Okay, find the right cast and -- we'll take it!"

Like '70s, The Rednecks & Romeos is a coming-of-age comedy. Based somewhat on Brazill's own experiences, it's about a family trying to get by after the father loses his dealership business and the family home to bankruptcy. That may hit pretty close to home for a lot of people these days.

That '70s Show was a surprisingly good show, but so much of it's success was in the casting. The '70s became just a backdrop to these great characters, and young actors. Nevertheless, I'm willing to give Brazill the benefit of the doubt here. The doubt is that title. Nothing in the premise helps that make any sense, but the use of "Rednecks" recalls another show poking fun at this demographic: The Mullets, and that was a disaster.

Of course, they might not even be rednecks. The family lives outside of Buffalo, New York, so maybe there's a blend of rednecks and upper class people, the "romeos" of the title? Who knows. What's your take on that title? Maybe someone from that area can make better sense of it than I can.

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The thing that worked for "That 70's Show" was two things first the great writing, which was always pretty good, and the fantastic ensemble casting they had for the first six seasons. It will be intresting to know if they can get a perfect cast like they did for "That 70's Show", if they can then they already have me intrigued.

August 03 2009 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've never heard the term "rednecks and romeos" before, but I can guess it has something to do with the different social groups one can belong to in high school.

Hopefully, this one will be as true to the mark as that 70's show was. While the characters and actors that played them were what made the show what it was, the things that happened in the show and the styles they wore were close enough to what really went on in the mid and late seventies era I grew up in, it was almost creepy, like the writers grew up in the same area I did.(and that so wasn't wisconsin)

August 03 2009 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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