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Reality Bites finds new life as comedy series for NBC

Aug. 23, 2013by: Niki Stephens

One movie that defined love, life, and relationships in the the 90s was REALITY BITES. Each viewing is like pausing a moment in time down to the smallest details. While it was set nearly twenty years ago, it still perfectly illustrates that feeling right after college for those who have no clue what the next step is. It's one of my favorite films though I don't think that needs saying.

The film is now being revived after all the years as a comedy series on NBC. Director Ben Stiller and writer Helen Childress will both be back on for development. Childress is set to write but it is not mentioned if she will be the sole writer on the project. What's good is that the setting will remain in the 90s, and not some modern revamp which I was hoping they wouldn't do. After I read that Childress was on board I was able to breathe a little easier since I know she would not allow it to be disaster much like what Michael (Stiller) did to Lelaina's work in the film. As for Stiller, he is only on as producer at this moment.

For those who haven't seen the film, the series will follow the same formula centering on, "recent college graduate Lelaina Pierce, the character played in the movie by Ryder, as she struggles to make her way romantically and professionally in the recession-plagued, pre-Internet early 1990s. Set in Houston, the show, and Lelaina herself with her video camera, chronicles the lives of her slacker friends with whom she shares an apartment."

It will be kind of odd to see new actors take on the roles once filled by Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn, Janeane Garofalo. I've spoken to Childress who actually modeled the characters after herself and friends in her life. Being that close to the source material, she will not let it turn into "meatloaf".

Source: Deadline

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10:04AM on 08/27/2013
'Each viewing is like pausing a moment in time down to the smallest details.'

WTF does that even mean? Do you even read this shit before posting it?
'Each viewing is like pausing a moment in time down to the smallest details.'

WTF does that even mean? Do you even read this shit before posting it?
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10:41PM on 08/24/2013
If they manage to keep period details a la "Freaks and Geeks" then this could be something really special. Reality Bites is one of those movies I've seen a few times (my sister actually had it on VHS when we were younger), and I always told myself I'd revisit it, but haven't since at least the early aughts.
If they manage to keep period details a la "Freaks and Geeks" then this could be something really special. Reality Bites is one of those movies I've seen a few times (my sister actually had it on VHS when we were younger), and I always told myself I'd revisit it, but haven't since at least the early aughts.
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3:42AM on 08/24/2013
The article mentions that the protagonist Lelaina uses a video camera to record the story's events. People have liked their cameras for a long time. At least since the late '80s, people have often recorded their friends with the devices. However, the level of use was nothing like it is today. Therefore, I wonder how much the episodes will be told from the p-o-v of Lelaina's video camera. If they are, that technique is actually a very modern touch no doubt designed to appeal to modern
The article mentions that the protagonist Lelaina uses a video camera to record the story's events. People have liked their cameras for a long time. At least since the late '80s, people have often recorded their friends with the devices. However, the level of use was nothing like it is today. Therefore, I wonder how much the episodes will be told from the p-o-v of Lelaina's video camera. If they are, that technique is actually a very modern touch no doubt designed to appeal to modern audiences.
I wonder also about the show's characterization. Will the show's characters act, think, and talk like young Americans living in the zeitgeist before the Lewinsky scandal and the War on Terror and the New Normal? Or, will they clearly be 2013 Americans somehow existing in the early '90s?
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9:28PM on 08/23/2013

worth checking out because

I'm coming up on my 20 year reunion from HS and this was such a perfectly timed movie in my life because it showed me what to look forward to...coming into the real world with really no clue and the cast was fantastic...just brings back special memories as I transitioned from on period of my life to another.
I'm coming up on my 20 year reunion from HS and this was such a perfectly timed movie in my life because it showed me what to look forward to...coming into the real world with really no clue and the cast was fantastic...just brings back special memories as I transitioned from on period of my life to another.
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8:12PM on 08/23/2013
It will be on for one season and then be cancelled going by NBC's track record of comedic of late.
It will be on for one season and then be cancelled going by NBC's track record of comedic of late.
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