In 2000, NBC launched a series about a group of high school outcasts set in 1980 called Freaks and Geeks, and because they scheduled it Saturdays at 8, it was sort of set up to fail after one season. The weird part is that everyone involved in that show would go on to become super successful: creator Paul Feig, executive producer Judd Apatow, and cast members James Franco, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr. Now that’s a Murderer’s Row of talent! So would it be too much to assume that they would ever get back together for a Freaks and Geeks reunion show?
It might, according to Apatow who was at the Netflix session of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to talk about his news series Love. Apatow might have been there to talk about his new show, but he couldn’t escape the ghost of his old show, especially in the house that brought us revivals of Arrested Development, Full House, and Wet Hot American Summer.
“All of those characters died in a Supermax prison,” Apatow jokes about the Freaks and Geeks gang. He then went on to give the serious answer. “You never know, It could happen. This year it won’t happen. We’ll see. I think James Franco has already made a Freaks and Geeks reunion.”
Be that as it may, it’s difficult to think of a harder working actor in Hollywood right now than Franco who does double, if not triple or quadruple, duty sometimes as writer, producer and/or director. Rogen is also a fairly busy actor/writer/director, Cardellini’s always popping up in something, Daly’s co-writing Spider-Man, and it goes on and on. If Netflix fans thought it was difficult to get the Arrested Development cast back for another season, scheduling the Freaks and Geeks cast for another go will require the world’s 10 smartest mathematicians to schedule the thing.
Still, Freaks and Geeks would not be the last time the powers that be didn’t recognize talent when they saw it in regards to an Apatow joint. You may be thinking about Undeclared, another short-lived Apatow show, but the one the filmmaker referred to at TCA never actually made it to air.
“I did a pilot in 2001 called North Hollywood for ABC,” he said. “They wanted to do edgy groundbreaking comedy, because Curb Your Enthusiasm was popular at the time. It starred Jason Segel, Kevin Hart, Amy Poehler and January Jones. I don’t think any show has not been picked up faster. I would like to do that again; just see how much it would cost [to get the same actors].”
Long story short, don’t hold your breath for that Freaks and Geeks revival, but in these days of Peak TV literally anything is possible.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter