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'(500) Days of Summer' Scribes Land NBC Sitcom

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 18th 2010 9:02PM
Here's one summer that just got a little more mileage.

Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the writers behind the indie romantic comedy hit '500 Days of Summer,' scored a piece of NBC's primetime schedule. Their single camera comedy concept is called 'Friends with Benefits,' which sounds like a 'Friends' rehash but with way more schtupping.

And since it's a smart concept by a couple of equally smart writers on NBC, expect it to be replaced by an all new Jay Leno show by the end of the year.

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Never saw the movie, but if they're actually smart, talented writers then either their show won't get past the pilot stage, or NBC will replace them with two corporate hacks a few episodes into the first season.

Is another friends rehash just NBC corporate groupthink saying "let's go back to the basics, back to what's worked in the past" to get out of their ratings slump? Probably. If "the basics" is anything more specific than good, innovative scripted TV shows, NBC is making a big mistake.

February 19 2010 at 6:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i was just watching (500) days of summer. wish they just made a show about autumn, and the main guy.

February 18 2010 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hasn't this been done? I mean, "Coupling" was really just a 'Friends' rehash but with way more schtupping, if you think about it.

February 18 2010 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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