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Fox turning Hitch into a TV series

10.06.2010

Well Will Smith may have disappeared from acting recently, but his work lives on. Fox just won a bidding war to make HITCH into an hour-long TV show on their network. Seriously, there was a bidding war to turn HITCH into a TV show.

It's being penned by Pete Chiarelli who wrote the decently enjoyable THE PROPOSAL with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, and the pilot is described as "action-packed." How exactly a guy teaching other guys to get women is action-packed, I'm not sure, but I'll be curious to see it.

But how exactly do you replace Will Smith as the lead here. Yes, I suppose there are a bunch of suave black guys who could get the job done, but Will Smith isn't exactly a personality you can easily replicate. I can see why people think this could be a show, as it would make for an interesting sort of procedural, teaching hapless guys in many situations how to land a woman, but it's really going to need that lead actor to make it work.

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Extra Tidbit: I bet Kevin James would do it.
Source: Deadline

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3:00PM on 10/07/2010
Thank you FOX for the successful continued bastardization of television programming.
Thank you FOX for the successful continued bastardization of television programming.
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11:01AM on 10/07/2010

Guilty Pleasure

I can't stop watching hitch. Its just so damn charming as a movie.
I can't stop watching hitch. Its just so damn charming as a movie.
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11:18PM on 10/06/2010
Make it a Reality TV show, or does that one already exist?
Make it a Reality TV show, or does that one already exist?
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10:29PM on 10/06/2010
I vote for Isaiah Mustafa. AKA the Old Spice guy.
I vote for Isaiah Mustafa. AKA the Old Spice guy.
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9:29PM on 10/06/2010

Meh.

A shitty Tv show based on an even shittier movie...like that's never been done before
A shitty Tv show based on an even shittier movie...like that's never been done before
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8:41PM on 10/06/2010
No. Just no.
No. Just no.
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4:54PM on 10/06/2010

They should get

Alfonso Ribeiro.
Alfonso Ribeiro.
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3:56PM on 10/06/2010
Why is this happening? Oh right its Fox.
Why is this happening? Oh right its Fox.
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3:23PM on 10/06/2010
I completely agree with you on the leading man conundrum. Personally, I love Hitch, Will Smith and Kevin James are fantastic in it. If they can find the right leading man I would definitley give it a go.
I completely agree with you on the leading man conundrum. Personally, I love Hitch, Will Smith and Kevin James are fantastic in it. If they can find the right leading man I would definitley give it a go.
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3:06PM on 10/06/2010
I'll give about 3-5 episodes before it gets pulled. That's if it even makes it to tv to begin with.
I'll give about 3-5 episodes before it gets pulled. That's if it even makes it to tv to begin with.
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2:47PM on 10/06/2010

Bill Bellamy

I think this is a potentially awful idea but if anybody who isn't Will Smith can do it, it's Bill Bellamy. Anybody remember 'How to be a player'? yeah. Bill Bellamy all the way.
I think this is a potentially awful idea but if anybody who isn't Will Smith can do it, it's Bill Bellamy. Anybody remember 'How to be a player'? yeah. Bill Bellamy all the way.
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2:20PM on 10/06/2010
Hitch was an excellent romantic comedy, so I'm down with this. The plot of a guy helping hopeless losers get girls is much more appropriate for a serialized run than other romantic comedies (The Proposal for example, wouldn't work as a series), similarly to the series Cupid (both versions, first the one with Jeremy Piven and the one that lasted one season a couple of years ago). If it has the same charm as the movie, could be good.
Hitch was an excellent romantic comedy, so I'm down with this. The plot of a guy helping hopeless losers get girls is much more appropriate for a serialized run than other romantic comedies (The Proposal for example, wouldn't work as a series), similarly to the series Cupid (both versions, first the one with Jeremy Piven and the one that lasted one season a couple of years ago). If it has the same charm as the movie, could be good.
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2:18PM on 10/06/2010
Who the fuck watches TV anymore?
Who the fuck watches TV anymore?
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1:47PM on 10/06/2010
I can't take anyone who calls The Proposal seriously. And this idea sounds retarded. No thanks.
I can't take anyone who calls The Proposal seriously. And this idea sounds retarded. No thanks.
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1:37PM on 10/06/2010
Sorry, but the idea couldn't even carry the original movie let alone a weekly, hour-long tv show. As yet another reality tv show, maybe. As a fictional tv show, no way.
Sorry, but the idea couldn't even carry the original movie let alone a weekly, hour-long tv show. As yet another reality tv show, maybe. As a fictional tv show, no way.
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1:36PM on 10/06/2010
Wait, did I just read "who wrote the decently enjoyable THE PROPOSAL"?
Wait, did I just read "who wrote the decently enjoyable THE PROPOSAL"?
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1:35PM on 10/06/2010
I can see how this could become a television show and The Proposal was a great movie, but this is just a bad idea if they're describing the pilot "action packed". I don't know, this all depends on the lead and how he can carry the show. If this show sucks, then Fox will put it on fridays and cancel within a season.
I can see how this could become a television show and The Proposal was a great movie, but this is just a bad idea if they're describing the pilot "action packed". I don't know, this all depends on the lead and how he can carry the show. If this show sucks, then Fox will put it on fridays and cancel within a season.
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