An hour-long comedy with drama at its core (a “dramedy,” to use the then current term of art), the series centered on a sister and brother, 16-year-old Lindsay Weir and 14-year-old Sam, and, widening its frame, the outsider crowds in which the Weirs run—the older freaks for Lindsay, the younger geeks for Sam—as everyone copes with the sad, hilarious unfairness of life.Whether telling the story of an A student straying from her expected path, a drummer whose dreams outstrip his talent, a kid addressing his parents’ foundering marriage through ventriloquism, or a geek who gets the girl of his dreams only to learn she bores him, the show—unusual for a network series—always preferred emotional truth to rosy outcomes, character to type, and the complicated laugh to the easy one. With Brian Clifton & Francis Tseng for The New Inquiry.
It drew 7 million viewers, Feig said, and a hit today pulls in 8 million. "We shot the finale halfway through the season," Segel shared.
"That's such a Jew thing to do," Apatow replied. Cast member John Francis Daley, currently on Fox's and appropriately, he experienced his first onscreen kiss. ) Busy Philipps, currently starring on ABC's , had her first onscreen kiss with Franco. Director Jake Kasdan detailed the auditioning process for the show, and though casting went on for weeks and weeks, there was one day where Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel and Franco all came in during the same session. Apatow is known to use the same actors in his movies and TV projects, as witnessed by Segel and Rogen in both did return for a second round, Feig and Apatow had several ideas cooked up.
The full house was treated to a rare reunion of most of the drama's core cast (and a screening of the finale) -- and even a message from Oscar-nominated actor James Franco.
Fresh off his highly-criticized Academy Awards hosting gig, Franco joked that he and Anne Hathaway were now gearing up to host the Emmys and the NAACP Image Awards.
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NO MORE PENCILS Front row: Jason Schwartzman, Natasha Melnick, John Francis Daley, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Busy Philipps, Sarah Hagan, Stephen Lea Sheppard, and Samaire Armstrong.
Back row: Lizzy Caplan, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty, David Krumholtz, Samm Levine, Martin Starr, Seth Rogen, Dave “Gruber” Allen, and Thomas F. which premiered on NBC in the fall of 1999, is one of the most beautiful and ambitious television series ever made.
"Acknowledging that someone's attractive and wanting to f--k a dude are two different things." PHOTOS: Hollywood's LGBT allies "There's no way to hide my straightness," Levine adds, "but if people didn't think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn't be doing my job very well. "I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired," Levine laughs. "We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it's OK," Levine tells .
Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned. "A lot of people don't want their kid to be gay and will fight it at all costs. "You can't hide basic components of these people's lives.
I wouldn't be the front man of a band if that question hadn't come up at some point." Needless to say, the 32-year-old mentor -- who's been linked to Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst in the past -- grew up in a very tolerant household. We all knew." PHOTOS: Out and proud celebs When his brother came out, the Levines rallied together.