Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NBC is lazy and stupid...but you probably knew that

I have a lot of spare time to think about things.  These hours are primarily spent wasting away idly in a shitty job market while simultaneously avoiding the sweltering heatwave that seems to have enveloped us since last year.

Earlier this evening I went out for a walk, assuming it would be somewhat cool out.  I was wrong.  But that has nothing to do with this evening's post.  I happened to be walking past a urine-soaked bus stop along Melrose (although "urine-soaked" is probably implied when referring to a bus stop on Melrose), when I happened upon a poster for the soon-to-be-canceled NBC sitcom Guys with Kids.  To the unaware, this show is basically a TV adaptation of the 1983 movie Mr. Mom starring Michael Keaton and Teri Garr.  It will show these 30-something men struggling with such newfangled parenting activities as changing diapers and feeding toddlers.

If all this doesn't sound like a compelling "been there, done that" sitcom, there's one more element of unoriginality to this future entry in the TV scrap heap.  And that is its promo poster.  The main characters, played by Anthony Anderson and two guys I've never heard of, look slick in with their shades and their infant-stuffed Baby Bjorns. 

But then I started thinking...where have I seen this before?

Oh right.  A sleepy little indie film called The Hangover. 

Keep up the good work NBC.  You never fail to fail to impress.


Anonymous said...

You're getting too worked up over marketing. Save your anger towards NBC making a tv show that's basically the same movie one of the stars (Anthony Anderson) starred in.

Anonymous said...

Haha, I love the article! ^^^ Ignore that comment. Be angry at everything, all the time.

Anonymous said...

"Be angry at everything all time time" haha! yes! This article made my day. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

It's even better because the guy on the right in the poster made his name on the comedy show Whitest Kids U Know. So he went from edgy IFC style comedy to the most milquetoast network sitcom.

Rocklyn Rall said...

Pete & Brian did it. It was called SINGLE DADS and was done years before HANGOVER. Google image search it. It's one thing to remake shit right away - it's another to completely rip an idea off. Sure, lots of people have the same ideas, but from series idea all the way to marketing and episode plots? Hmmm...

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