Apatow TV comedies get a second look
IFC has acquired syndication rights for decade-old Judd Apatow TV comedies “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared.”
“Freaks” will begin its run on the cabler on Friday. The package for “Undeclared,” which will bow in the fall, includes a never-aired episode.
The acquisitions extend IFC’s move into TV comedy (Daily Variety, March 24). The cabler has already greenlighted two new original series for fall: “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” starring “Arrested Development” alums Will Arnett and David Cross, along with “Onion News Network.” IFC has also acquired such laffers as Kids in the Hall reunion series “Death Comes to Town.”
The 18 episodes of the hourlong “Freaks and Geeks,” which NBC canceled shy of completing its first season in 2000 and hasn’t aired since a brief run shortly thereafter on Fox Family Channel, will air at 11 p.m. Fridays with encores on Sundays at 10 p.m. and Mondays at 11 p.m. “Undeclared,” which ran on Fox in the 2001-02 season, has 17 episodes including the previously unaired seg.
“These acquisitions help further solidify IFC as the destination for programming that shares an off-kilter sensibility with its audience, particularly within the comedy genre,” said IFC exec veep and g.m. Jennifer Caserta.
The cast of “Freaks and Geeks” was mostly unknown when the show premiered but features now familiar names like James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Martin Starr and Samm Levine. Series star John Francis Daley (“Bones”) has also become a screenwriter. Apatow exec produced the series, which had Jake Kasdan as its regular director.
“Undeclared” reunited Apatow, Kasdan, Rogen (who picked up five writing credits on the show before his 20th birthday) and Segel, while also featuring Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo and Charlie Hunnam.