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Working Title Films That Would (And Wouldn't) Work on the Small Screen

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 1st 2010 8:00AM
Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's DiaryThanks to the launch of Working Title Television (WTTV) last month, NBC Universal will glean a few TV-show ideas from movies created by its subsidiary Working Title Films. The UK production company is behind such Oscar crushes as 'Atonement,' Frost/Nixon' and 'A Serious Man,' and fan-faves 'Nanny McPhee,' 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Pride & Prejudice.'

NBC Universal (which could use some fresh programming following the prime-time Leno debacle) will distribute WTTV content, starting with the comedy 'Love Bites' -- a "romantic anthology" reminiscent of Working Title Films' 'Love Actually' -- starring Jordana Spiro ('My Boys') and 'Ugly Betty's' Becki Newton. Execs in the joint venture announced last month they will also adapt the 'Bridget Jones' franchise for the small screen.

Having looked at the rest of Working Title's 100-plus film repertoire, we've got some thoughts of our own on three movies that would make good episodic programming -- and two that wouldn't.

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Not new Spaced, but it will have to do

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 3rd 2008 9:24AM
Spaced DVDThe American DVD collection for Spaced is finally coming out, and Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes and Edgar Wright will be promoting it through their US invasion. Well, by "US invasion," I mean they're going on a four-city tour, screening episodes and answering questions in NYC, LA, San Diego's Comic-Con, and Austin. That's sort of an invasion, yeah?

Anyway, I was just sitting here and feeling sorry for myself, like I do, doubly so this time because I won't be able to attend any of those inevitably textbook events. Then, I stumbled across this recent blog entry from Simon Pegg.

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Good news and bad news for Spaced

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 3rd 2008 7:00PM
SpacedLet's start with the good news, because I like ending on a downer. American fans of the British comedy Spaced, starring Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson), and Nick Frost, are in for a treat because the Spaced Region 1 DVD finally has a release date! Expect the good stuff to come out July 23 of this year. I'm tempted to buy it just because it's something new, shiny, and Spaced-related, but I already splurged on the 3-Disc Collectors' Set and a region-free player that I got just so that I could watch the series. Why, yes, I am a sad little person.

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Spaced's Edgar Wright is pissed, and rightfully so - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 5th 2007 2:01PM
SpacedWhen I first heard the news of an American Spaced remake, I was outraged, just based on principle. How dare McG touch one of my favorite shows of all time? How dare he even entertain the very notion? "For shame, McG," I thought, "For shame." I then proceeded to the nearest Best Buy, where I collected all the copies of Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and set them alight. I was then banned from entering any Best Buy ever again, but I think I made my point clear.

Spaced director Edgar Wright recently updated his blog with his own thoughts on this situation and now I'm even more upset. The gist is this: McG and FOX are planning to remake Spaced. Director Edgar Wright and writers/stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson were not contacted before the decision was made to pursue an American version. They will not be involved in the same fashion as the way Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant worked with NBC's adaptation of their creation, The Office.

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Simon Pegg and Star Trek to make sweet geeky love

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 12th 2007 1:01PM
Simon PeggIt seems like all the geekiest blogs buzz with excitement whenever there's news about the new Star Trek movie. Yes, that includes us. The film sounds cool and all, but I think the biggest reaction I have had is when I silently nodded with approval upon hearing that Heroes' Zachary Quinto would be playing Spock. That is, until now.

Variety is reporting that Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg is going to play Scotty in the upcoming feature. Simon Pegg! Insert obligatory "beam him up" joke here.

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What's on tonight: SNL, Kidnapped, Little People, Big World, Halloween movies

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 28th 2006 5:51PM
  • SNLAt 8, FOX has four episodes of Cops.
  • ABC has Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at 8.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 8, followed by new episodes of Kidnapped and Law and Order: SVU.
  • TLC has two new eps of Little People, Big World at 8, followed by two new eps of Flip That House.
  • AMC's Monsterfest continues at 8 with The Exorcist.
  • HGTV has a new reDesign at 8.
  • Nick has two Halloween themed episodes of SpongeBob at 8.
  • Sci-Fi has Pumpkinhead II at 8, followed by Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes.
  • At 9, Food Network has the special Candy Convention.
  • Comedy Central has Shaun of the Dead at 9.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Hugh Laurie and Beck.
  • At midnight, FOX has a new Talk Show with Spike Feresten.
  • Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed!

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Shaun of the Dead coming to Comedy Central

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 27th 2006 10:07AM
Shaun of the DeadI don't know how long these promos have been running on Comedy Central, but during South Park, I just saw a bug promoting the television premiere of Shaun of the Dead (Saturday at 9 PM EST!). I was so giddy, I choked on air. Although I've seen it a million an one times, I am very excited that it's coming to American cable. Shaun is one of those films that I constantly try to get people to see, so it's nice that some fresh meat will watch it without me having to strap them to a chair and do various Clockwork Orange-y things to them.

Also, I am quite interested in seeing how much they edit from the film. After all, it is a rather gory movie... and the language is quite coarse (heh, Ed's not going to have any lines in the television version, is he?).

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The Guardian's Comedy Special profiles hot comics

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 11th 2006 10:41AM
Ricky Gervais and Stephen MerchantThe latest edition of The Guardian features some fantastic interviews and articles about some of today's hottest British comedians. They're all great reads, but the photos of the comics re-enacting various moments in pop culture are what really reeled me in. My favorites include Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant (from The Office) as McCartney and Lennon, the boys from Green Wing as Queen, and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (from Spaced and Shaun of the Dead) as Paul Gascoigne and Vinnie Jones. Hilarious.

Read the text and then check out the great pics by Karl J. Kaul.

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BBC America picks up Spaced

by Annie Wu, posted May 13th 2006 3:18PM
SpacedBBC America will start airing one of my all-time favorite shows, Spaced, starting June 23. Spaced is an absolutely hilarious show, loaded with clever references to various aspects of stoner/pop/geek culture, from Tekken 2 to zombie flicks to Star Wars. It's from the makers of Shaun of the Dead, so expect that sort of material (but with less gore and a lot more mimed gun fights). Plus, the show features a rather cool-looking Mark Heap (Dr. Alan Statham from Green Wing) as a miserable, young painter. The now-defunct Trio channel aired the show to coincide with the American release of Shaun of the Dead back in 2004, but I haven't seen Spaced on TV since then. Now that it's on BBCA, maybe my American friends will know what I'm quoting all the time.

BBC America also has Peepshow coming June 30 (I've heard a lot of good things). Apparently, Peepshow and Spaced will be a part of BBC America's late-night adult comedy line-up, "The Underground". Well, I would hardly consider Spaced a candidate for this, but... okay.

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Green Wing 2: Premiere

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 4th 2006 12:08PM
Green WingAs a huge fan of the first season, I was eagerly anticipating the premiere of the new season of Green Wing. Last season ended with a literal cliffhanger: three doctors in an ambulance dangling from the edge of a cliff. I was expecting the premiere to pick up where it left off, explaining exactly how Mac, Guy, and Martin were saved (or how they all died, became fatally injured, sprouted wings and flew away, etc.), so I was surprised when they offered absolutely no insight into what actually happened. Instead, we were immediately faced with a fully normal scene of all the main characters going back to work at the hospital. But then, suddenly, the entire scene changed into a futuristic setting and everyone had donned new, silver costumes. What's going on?!

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