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'Wet Hot American Summer' TV show?!

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May 23, 2014|Matt Pais, @mattpais | RedEye movie critic

My friend texted me a link to a Variety story, reporting that "Wet Hot American Summer," only one of the best comedies of all time, may be returning as a 10-episode Netflix series. This was my response:

"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat."

For a few years there's been talk of a "WHAS" prequel, hilariously featuring the same cast (including Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, co-writer Michael Showalter, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni and many more big names) playing versions of characters that the actors are several decades too old to play. It's not terribly surprising that the prequel could occur in TV form--despite it being completely and forever awesome, the movie made no money.

A Netflix series would assumedly be cheaper and easier to get off the ground than a full-length feature. Plus, if the report proves true, it's a lot easier to wrangle cast members for a couple days at a time--with characters only needing to be around in limited spurts, similar to the Netflix season of "Arrested Development"--than to gather everyone for weeks at a time.

A "WHAS" series probably could never match the wonder of the movie. The aforementioned "AD" season ranks well below its years on Fox. But still: More "Wet Hot American Summer" can only be a good thing. Probably.

And, predictable or not, I just see absolutely no way to end this story other than to indicate I am going to fondle my sweaters.

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mpais@tribune.com

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