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Judd Apatow Says His Whole Career Is Driven by Revenge for the Cancelation of 'Freaks and Geeks'

"Everything I’ve done in a way is revenge for the people who canceled Freaks and Geeks. It’s like, 'You were wrong about that person and that writer and that director.' I guess I should get over that."

- Judd Apatow speaking about his career while accepting an award at TV event PaleyFest.

'Freaks and Geeks' Creator Paul Feig Wants to Go Back to TV

Paul Feig, the creator of Freaks and Geeks and an accomplished television director, became one of the most sought-after comedy directors in the feature film world in 2011 after his movie Bridesmaids became a huge success. His next film, the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy cop comedy The Heat, is poised to be a big summer hit and to cement his reputation as a leading director in the movie industry, but he tells Collider that he'd like to return to TV in some capacity.

"I love doing movies, but TV's in such an amazing place right now that I feel like it'd be crazy not to be back in it in [...]

Paul Feig: "The Funniest People I Know Are Always Women"

"All the funniest people I know are always women… I would also feel sick to my stomach when I would see these movies and how bad the female roles were. In a comedy, they were always the mean girlfriend or the bitchy whoever. Comedy's just so male driven behind the scenes that I think a lot of comedians have kind of a little boy’s perception of women, like: 'oh they ruin the fun,' or 'they’re just mom breaking up a good time.' It’s always just bothered me to see women relegated to such bad roles. All my favorite people that were making me laugh were female comedians on SNL. So I [...]

Talking to Martin Starr About 'NTSF:SD:SUV'! A Months-Old Update on the 'Party Down' Movie! A Bird Flies Into the Room!

Every comedy fan worth his or her salt knows Martin Starr. The guy’s been popping up in some of the best comedies going for over a decade now, from Freaks and Geeks to Knocked UpParty Down to Adventureland. Starr’s latest series, NTSF:SD:SUV, sees his hot streak continue. The 15-minute Adult Swim comedy returns for a second season this Thursday night, August 9th, at 12:15am (it’s technically Friday morning), following the season premiere of Childrens Hospital. I’ve seen a couple new NTSF episodes early because I’m a “journalist,” and I can assure you that Season 2 is just as funny and zany as Season 1, if not even better.

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Paul Feig Breaks Down Freaks and Geeks

Well, this is great: all week, Paul Feig is giving a detailed, episode-by-episode breakdown of the entire short run of Freaks and Geeks over at the AV Club. Part one is up now, which covers the first two episodes of the series. If you're a fan of the cult series (and I assume you are), it's well worth checking out.

Paul Feig, 'Bridesmaids', and Comedy with a "Feminine Sensibility"

Starting with the creation of his breakout sitcom, Freaks and Geeks, and the lead character of Lindsay Weir, Paul Feig has said publicly and shown in his work that he prefers a “feminine sensibility” in his comedy. His role as the auteur for the female comedic actress has been cemented in recent years with his back-to-back critical and box office successes, Bridesmaids and The Heat, and has helped to launch the careers of his stars and supporting players, particularly Melissa McCarthy. So then what is it about Feig’s storytelling and directing style that is so suitable for women performers? Primarily, the answer is that Feig is actively rebelling against [...]

Paul Feig Signs a Deal to Develop Comedies for Fox

Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig just signed a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox to develop comedies for the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently, Fox was so impressed with his upcoming movie The Heat, which comes out in April and stars Sandra Bullock and Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy as an FBI agent and a cop teaming up to take down a drug lord, that they wanted to lock the in-demand director down. Feig released a statement about the dealsaying, "I had an amazing time working with the gang at Fox on The Heat and am very excited to team up with them to make [...]

Watch the 'Freaks and Geeks' Cast's Audition Tapes

"I was looking for kids who seemed authentic," says Judd Apatow about the casting process for his and Paul Feig's cult hit late 90s high school series Freaks and Geeks. Apatow and Feig certainly found an eclectic bunch of real teen actresses and actors, all of whom seemed like actual high school students and not just performers trying to fit into the usual stock teen movie clichés. Feig recalls in a recent A.V. Club interview, “We can’t just cast this with a bunch of beautiful kids and put glasses on them and mess up their hair and say, 'Oh, they’re nerds.’ We’ve got to have real casting.' [...]

The Lost Roles of 'Freaks and Geeks'

There’s been a lot of hubbub over Judd Apatow’s latest series Girls, which just became the first ever TV show released through Apatow’s production company to last beyond its first season, but let’s look back to a time when the reigning King of Hollywood Comedy didn't have such an easy time earning second season renewals.

Freaks and Geeks is the poster child for the critically-acclaimed show that was mistreated by its network and ignored by audiences during its initial run, only to become wildly popular with fans in the years that followed its tragic, too-soon cancellation. The show accomplished this years before the likes of Arrested Development and [...]

MST3K Founder J. Elvis Weinstein on the Art of Riffing on Bad Movies

Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans, take note. This week's Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show podcast features J. Elvis Weinstein, the original voice of Tom Servo, who also worked on America's Funniest Videos and Freaks & Geeks. Chances are there's something in the span of that career you'll want to hear about.

Play an Interactive 'Freaks and Geeks' YouTube Video Game

Here's an interactive Freaks and Geeks YouTube game made by The Fine Brothers. It's pretty cool for the first minute or so but then gets kind of boring. I hope they make a video game out of every cult hit Judd Apatow series.

The Oral History of 'Freaks and Geeks' Is Wonderful

If you're reading this website, you probably don't need me to say much to convince you to go read Vanity Fair's amazing oral history of Freaks and Geeks. They even reunited the entire cast for a class photo! Seriously, set aside some time to read this one. It's worth it.

Judd Apatow and Paul Feig Don’t Want a ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Movie

Producers Judd Apatow and Paul Feig sat down with the folks at Entertainment Weekly for a delightful chat about their much-adored series Freaks and Geeks. When asked about the possibility of a Freaks and Geeks reunion a la its unfairly-cancelled TV brethren Arrested Development, Apatow and Feig both seemed pretty opposed to the idea in fear that it would harm the legacy of the show, which is a totally noble and valid standpoint. You hear that Internet nerds? Don’t pressure these guys into compromising their artistic integrity by demanding a Freaks and Geeks movie with your petitions, flash mobs, and general well-intentioned-but-misguided enthusiasm.

Here’s Apatow and Feig talking [...]

Paul Feig Wrote a Scene for the Movie About that Super Freak/Geek, Spider-man

Paul Feig is good friends with Amazing Spider-Man Director Marc Webb (they must have met at the four-letter first and last name club on Wilshire and La Brea) and as good friends are wont to do, Feig wrote a high school scene for Webb's giant huge summer blockbuster. It's perfect a fit, as it's obvious the man knows how to write teenagers, considering he created and wrote Freaks & Geeks, and all. We are very excited to bring you an exclusive excerpt from the script of that scene, in which Spider-Man brags about his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), to Harry Osborn (played by James Franco who is only appears in this [...]