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What About Bob? is getting female-led remake as an NBC comedy

01.26.2017

A few days ago we reported that the 1978 Eastwood-ape movie EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE was getting the remake treatment, much to your guys’ dismay. Comments about childhoods being ruined went flying, and the world seemed lost in a vacuum of confusion and doubt. Well, here’s some more remake news for you!

Word round the remade campfire is that the 1991 Bill Murray/Richard Dreyfuss comedy, WHAT ABOUT BOB?, is the next film to get the remake treatment, but this time it will head for TV with the lead roles being gender swapped. The single-camera comedy show will be called WHAT ABOUT BARB? starring two female leads, and will air on NBC from creators Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (NEW GIRL, THE OFFICE).

The original movie, which made $64 million domestic, centers around a psychiatrist named Leo (Dreyfuss) who in trying to get rid of his overbearing client, Bob (Bill Murray), but ends up being stuck with him on his family vacation. The show will take on a similar scenario, being about “a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.” No new name for the female lead playing Leo’s role has been announced, nor has anyone been cast. I’m gonna go ahead and guess…Loretta?

For those keeping score this is the second Murray vehicle to get a female-led remake, the most recent being 2016’s GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, which was met with much fan-driven animosity. I have a feeling the show will be met with the same treatment, not because of anything relating to the cast, but because it’s a single-camera comedy on NBC. That’s just what happens with those.

I can’t say I fondly remember BOB, so I can’t relate to what anyone is thinking about the news. My only hope -- as it is with any new endeavor -- is that they do a great job with the material, and warrant its existence.  That’s a hard thing to accomplish with any kind of remake, but I enjoyed GHOSTBUSTERS, so I guess it’s possible. Why is there a “Kick Me” sign on my back?

No release date has been announced for the show, but it wouldn't be far-fetched to expect it later this year or 2018.

Source: Deadline

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8:33PM on 01/26/2017
Oh FFS...
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7:01PM on 01/26/2017
When was the last time one of the main network channels had a comedy worth watching? Probably Community for me. Maybe it's because I'm older and my tastes have changed, but very few network sitcoms look interesting or funny.
When was the last time one of the main network channels had a comedy worth watching? Probably Community for me. Maybe it's because I'm older and my tastes have changed, but very few network sitcoms look interesting or funny.
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5:22PM on 01/27/2017
Goldbergs
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4:24PM on 01/26/2017

Ridiculous Trend of Movies to TV Shows Continues

Never mind the gender swapping, the trend of making movies into TV shows that started with Limitless or somewhere around that time is getting crazy. Lethal Weapon, Taken, What About Bob, Minority Report, Rush Hour, and a whole slate of ones in production including Rambo. I dont get it and I dont watch any of these shows so Im not the target demographic.
Never mind the gender swapping, the trend of making movies into TV shows that started with Limitless or somewhere around that time is getting crazy. Lethal Weapon, Taken, What About Bob, Minority Report, Rush Hour, and a whole slate of ones in production including Rambo. I dont get it and I dont watch any of these shows so Im not the target demographic.
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3:06PM on 01/26/2017
What About Bob? had some underlying great lessons about judging and labeling others. This upcoming sitcom cannot teach those same lessons in every episode. However, the producers have not done the source material justice unless the show displays "Loretta" learning and developing right along Barb.
What About Bob? had some underlying great lessons about judging and labeling others. This upcoming sitcom cannot teach those same lessons in every episode. However, the producers have not done the source material justice unless the show displays "Loretta" learning and developing right along Barb.
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2:21PM on 01/26/2017
I love the original and but it was the chemistry between the two leads that needs to be nailed right to get any success. I do wish that shows/movies could be made that don't feel like they're forced gender swaps. By all means use a similar premise but why even have it as a remake and gender-flip the name?
I love the original and but it was the chemistry between the two leads that needs to be nailed right to get any success. I do wish that shows/movies could be made that don't feel like they're forced gender swaps. By all means use a similar premise but why even have it as a remake and gender-flip the name?
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2:09PM on 01/26/2017
cast Shannon Purser as Barb and im in
cast Shannon Purser as Barb and im in
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11:40AM on 01/26/2017

You know it's funny....

This was, hands down, my favorite comedy as a kid growing up that didn't involve a kid protagonist and yet I'm not bothered by this news. There isn't much that would be tough to replicate short of Murry's and to some extent Dreyfuss's performances. I'm actually interested to see how this goes if only to see if they can even pull it off and it not be garbage, lol.
This was, hands down, my favorite comedy as a kid growing up that didn't involve a kid protagonist and yet I'm not bothered by this news. There isn't much that would be tough to replicate short of Murry's and to some extent Dreyfuss's performances. I'm actually interested to see how this goes if only to see if they can even pull it off and it not be garbage, lol.
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10:52AM on 01/26/2017

Hollywood 2017.,.

...putting the male gender on the backburner since 2008.

That should be the new tag line for all of Tinseltown
...putting the male gender on the backburner since 2008.

That should be the new tag line for all of Tinseltown
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10:43AM on 01/26/2017
The reason it was so successful was because of Bill Murray. It's going to be difficult to duplicate that again for this new gender swapped series.
The reason it was so successful was because of Bill Murray. It's going to be difficult to duplicate that again for this new gender swapped series.
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10:14AM on 01/26/2017
I bet Melissa McCarthy will be in Bill Murray's role.
I bet Melissa McCarthy will be in Bill Murray's role.
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10:13AM on 01/26/2017
It doesn't matter who's in it or who's making it. As long as it is well written, well acted and well developed... it'll be good. Miss one of these things and it'll die a quick death.
It doesn't matter who's in it or who's making it. As long as it is well written, well acted and well developed... it'll be good. Miss one of these things and it'll die a quick death.
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