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Somehow, 15 years later, some Wet Hot American Summer stars look exactly the same...and they're all still alive! Ok, more accurately, most of them have aged ridiculously well (what is in the Camp Firewood water?!). But one actor in particular looks like the original movie is coming out this week and not the Netflix prequel series, which was shot a decade and a half after the original came out. "F--k that guy!" Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp star Michael Ian Black tells E! News of his co-star Paul Rudd's insanely magical genes. "Who has aged the best? There was that whole interactive thing with Paul Rudd where you can click on the two faces to see which was from '99 »
Creators and co-writers David Wain and Michael Showalter, members of ’90s MTV sketch group “The State,” premiered “Wet Hot American Summer” — featuring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler — at Sundance in 2001. The summer-camp satire, set in 1981, floundered in limited release. But word-of-mouth, special screenings and the ever-rising profile of its cast cultivated a rabid fanbase.
Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater. »
- Julie Seabaugh
Early in 2001's summer camp movie parody "Wet Hot American Summer," Bradley Cooper's Ben told his fellow counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in ten years from today, we'll meet again, and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into." It's been 14 years, and Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks have blossomed into some of the biggest comedy stars around, while "Wet Hot" itself has become a beloved cult classic. Director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter have remained tight with the cast, and as the movie's reputation grew well beyond the paltry box office (it grossed less than $300,000 during its initial release), there were rumors of a sequel that would fulfill Ben's request, and perhaps allow Wain and Showalter to spoof the reunion movie genre next. Instead, all the original stars — and many, many, many more of the talented friends they've made as their »
- Alan Sepinwall
A week from today -- on Friday, July 31 -- we will be heading off to Camp Firewood to binge-watch Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp." The eight-episode series, from David Wain and Michael Showalter, is a prequel to the 2001 movie, which became a cult classic. The second fans are finished watching all eight star-studded eps they're going to want more. So will there be more, like a Season 2 focusing on the next year at camp or whatever?
David Wain told Entertainment Weekly, "I think there's plenty more to do. If it all works out, it'd be great." One of the many stars, Amy Poehler, just talked to EW about her character, Susie, and whether she'd be up for a Season 2 return.
Oh, for sure. David and Michael and Netflix do it the way I like to do it, which is just fun and fast."
Yesssssss. But first things first. »
- Gina Carbone
Michael Ian Black, who starred in Wet Hot American Summer almost 15 years ago, discussed working on the set of the Netflix prequel series (prequel, 15 years later, whatever), and he had quite a few hilariously rude things to say. First and foremost, Michael isn't reprising his role of McKinley to have fun. "A lot of people came to do a comedy, 'let's have fun.' No. If I wanted to have fun I'd go to Six Flags," he told E! News at the Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp premiere last night in New York. "I'm not there to have fun, I'm there to work. I'm there to make people sweat. I'm there to scream. And why? In the service of getting the best possible »
The cast of Wet Hot American Summer reunited in New York City on Wednesday for the premiere of the classic film's highly anticipated Netflix reboot, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The original cast members who walked the red carpet included Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Judah Friedlander, Nina Hellman, and Marisa Ryan, and they're all reprising their roles in the TV series. Newcomers Lake Bell, Michael Blaiklock, and Alexandra Stamler were also on hand for the big night. And while not everyone was able to make it to the premiere (ahem, Bradley Cooper), we've already broken down every new and returning cast member for you. Keep reading to see more photos from the fun night, then check out 35 moments from the movie that made it a cult classic. »
Netflix’s usage metrics remain shrouded in mystery, but one needn’t be a genius to see what attracted the streaming service to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an improbable and wholly silly prequel to a 2001 movie most notable for all the people in it who went on to bigger and better things. Victory here was delivered before production began just based on who the producers got to return or, impressively, join in the festivities, to the point where it’s almost easier to rattle off who isn’t involved than provide a comprehensive list of who is.
In terms of garnering attention, pretty much everything after that is sheer gravy. The conceit of doing a “prequel” 14 years later to a production that already featured adults playing teenagers is, of course, the big joke. But director David Wain and writer-star Michael Showalter go one better by actually »
- Brian Lowry
Six episodes were provided for review purposes.
For a platform offering instant pop culture gratification, it’s not surprising that Netflix’s original programming slate has leaned heavily on two things: name recognition and wish fulfillment. Breaking into a crowded market of prestige dramas and genre TV? Bring in Kevin Spacey and the Wachowskis. Courting comedy and comic book fans? Resurrect Arrested Development and Daredevil. Improbably combining the appeal of both is Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, an eight-episode miniseries that acts as the prequel to a little-seen 2001 comedy starring a collection of erstwhile unknowns. Wet Hot American Summer was ridiculous, unpredictable, and hilarious. The same can be said of both the new Netflix miniseries, and how it came to be.
- Sam Woolf
Revolving around a fictionalized version of Louis Ck, the Louie comedy series has aired for five low-rated seasons on FX. Now, TV Land is trying a similar concept with The Jim Gaffigan Show. Will it perform better in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
Set in New York City, The Jim Gaffigan Show revolves around a fictionalized version of comedian/author/actor Gaffigan as he struggles to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite. The rest of the cast includes Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black, and Tongayi Chirisa.
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Anyone with a Netflix subscription should be in the know about Camp Firewood, but if you're not, there's still time! July 31st is the day the Wet Hot American Summer prequel series, First Day of Camp, hits! The 8-episode season stars the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite... Read More »
- Sean Wist
A representative for the network confirmed the hire. McCain is expected to contribute to the network’s primetime and daytime programming.
McCain, the oldest daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), joins as Fox News Channel, like other news outlets, heads into a frenzied pre-season for the 2016 election for U.S. president. Already, more than a dozen different candidates for the Republican nomination have thrown their hat into the ring.
Meghan McCain, who has identified as a Republican in the past, could well offer the viewpoint of a different member of that political party: one hailing from the millennial generation. She has in the past championed gay rights and come out against anti-immigration legislation, and has publicly challenged commentators like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. »
- Brian Steinberg
Network: TV Land
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: July 15, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This single-camera sitcom is inspired by the real life of comedian, author, and actor Jim Gaffigan who stars as himself. Set in New York City, it chronicles one man's struggle to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite.
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The Jim Gaffigan Show, which premiered Wednesday, might be an autobiographical sitcom based on the life of a popular stand-up comedian. It is not, however, about his career as a stand-up comic.
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The eponymous vehicle is about Jim’s life as a well-to-do husband to wife Jeannie (Ashley Williams, How I Met Your Mother) and their attempt to maintain sanity all while raising five — yes five! — young children in a two-bedroom apartment.
In the premiere episode, their status quo is threatened when Jeannie suspects »
Fifteen years ago, Jim Gaffigan was yet another young stand-up comic riding the conveyer belt from the comedy clubs to a network sitcom in the wake of the success of Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Tim Allen, and more. His CBS sitcom "Welcome to New York" was designed as a vehicle for him, but somewhere between the start of development and when it hit the air, the focus shifted to co-star Christine Baranski, an Emmy winner for CBS' "Cybill." It turned out to be a good showcase for neither, and produced only 13 episodes before calling it quits. That wasn't the end of Jim Gaffigan, sitcom actor, but for a long time, it was the end of Jim Gaffigan, aspiring sitcom star. He took jobs on other people's shows ("The Ellen Show," "My Boys") and largely focused on his food-obsessed comedy act (like his famous routine about Hot Pockets). Given how well »
- Alan Sepinwall
With Wet Hot American Summer you tend to expect the unexpected, and that's exactly the route that the Netflix revival series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, has taken per the hilarious first trailer.
Netflix Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a prequel to the original film and set during the first day at Camp Firewood rather than the last. What makes this turning back of the clock hilarious is that the cast is substantially older and now playing younger versions of themselves from the original film.
Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter are all back from the Wet Hot American Summer movie to reprise their roles for the Netflix series. They are joined by newcomers Jon Hamm, »
How did a movie starring Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper take just $300,000 at the box office? Hard to believe now, but when Wet Hot American Summer landed in cinemas in the dead days of 2001, it tanked. Or not so hard to believe...
Related: Wet Hot American Summer: a cult classic reborn on Netflix
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- Alan Evans and Nancy Groves
Just a week after the second Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp trailer debuted, Netflix has released the third trailer, which features tons of new footage and famous cameos, arriving along with an awesome theatrical-style poster. The video re-introduces us to several stars from the original 2001 movie Wet Hot American Summer, such as Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Christopher Meloni, along with new casting additions Jordan Peele, John Slattery, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Chris Pine, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Jon Hamm. Netflix has also issued a few friendly reminders for "new campers" before the series debuts on July 31.
Welcome to Camp Firewood! Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, here are some reminders for all new campers: Remember to wear suntan lotion. It's totally normal to cry on the first night of camp. The sign up sheet for archery is posted on the target. »
Up and at 'em, campers. Netflix has released a full-length, Nsfw trailer for its "Wet Hot American Summer" prequel series.
The streaming service dropped a vintage teaser for "First Day of Camp" in June, but gave fans a more official peek at the Camp Firewood crew on Thursday.
Returning favorites include Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni and Paul Rudd, all reuniting for another goofy go-round that made the 2001 original a cult classic.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
After teasing the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer reboot with a goofy, VHS-tinted teaser, Netflix has offered an official trailer with a hilarious, enticing look at the star-studded prequel series, First Day of Camp.
The clip begins with talk of blossoming summer love and fun, as well as an uncomfortable Camp Firewood meeting that's literally crashed by Paul Rudd's surly, too-cool counselor Andy. When chastised for being a week late, Andy replies: "Whatever. It smells weird. Who beefed?" (Notably, the counselor supervisor is played by H. Jon Benjamin, and with any luck, »
Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and some of the hottest comedians on the planet go to summer camp in a new trailer for NetFlix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an eight-part series loaded with non-stop sexual innuendo and potty humor. Returning cast members include Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter. Newcomers include Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, Chris Pine and Lake Bell. [...]
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