From “The X-Files,” to “24,” “Prison Break,” “Full House” and “Will and Grace,” event series revivals of long cancelled shows are all the rage right now be it on networks, cable or streaming services.
Understandably various fanbases have been discussing the idea of their old properties being dusted off to either continue where the original series left off, or to see their show get a full reboot for new generation.
Filmmaker Judd Apatow got his start on network TV with several shows that were prematurely cancelled. More recently he has dipped his toe in the streaming and cable TV waters with the likes of “Love,” “Girls” and the upcoming “Crashing”.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association panel this week, he re-affirms he won’t go back to the main networks because of their limitations:
“I’m not interested in broadcast networks because I feel their shows are too short, I do not like the commercial interruptions, and I do not like the waiting on ratings to determine whether you are going to survive. There is limitations on content, and I hated the idea that they waited to get the ratings the next day, and if they are bad, they might pull the plug.
I’ve been canceled midseason three times, and I’ve had enough of it. I like it at places like HBO where you get your season; I feel like the streaming services have created a world where there is a creative incentive to do amazing original work, and I don’t think the networks for all sorts of reasons could do it in a way that some other networks and streaming services can.”
Netflix brought a lot of love to Apatow’s first series, NBC’s “Freaks And Geeks,” as more and more fans discovered it over time. So the inevitable question was asked – would he be interested in returning to “Freaks and Geeks”? He says:
“I don’t want to do more ‘Freaks and Geeks’ because we liked how it ended, so I feel it’s unwrapping something and seeing if you can not screw it up; I don’t think we would do that. Also, the world has changed so much. Back then in 1999, we were talking about the pre-computer and cellphone age that was before YouTube, Google, Snapchat. I don’t close the door on anything but my inclination is that we said all we had to say.”
Apatow’s “Crashing” premieres shortly on HBO.