The outcasts of “Freaks and Geeks” aren’t taking cancellation quietly.
As DreamWorks continues to pitch the series to potential broadcast and cable outlets, the Museum of Television and Radio announced Tuesday it will screen all 18 episodes of “Freaks and Geeks” this month in New York and next month in Los Angeles.
The weeklong events will include marathon screenings of the six “Freaks” episodes never aired by NBC. Series exec producers Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, along with various cast members, will introduce the unseen episodes in person at the New York museum on April 30 and the Los Angeles museum on May 13.
Additionally, the “Freaks and Geeks” episodes will be available for individual screening after the events, to be held April 25 through 29 in New York and May 10 through 13 in Los Angeles.
“We’re very proud of these shows, and nothing would kill us more than for all of you to not be able to see them,” wrote Feig, who created the series, on the official “Freaks and Geeks” Web site. “We haven’t given up the fight yet, but we’ve definitely lost this battle. But we’re still pushing to get this show to rise up somewhere else. It’s all we can do.”
NBC canceled “Freaks,” which follows a group of social misfits in 1980 suburbia, last month after the show failed to catch on in its new Monday night time slot. Although critically acclaimed, the show didn’t catch on with viewers.
The network gave DreamWorks permission to shop those six unaired eps, as well as the show, elsewhere. DreamWorks execs hope to find a broadcast outlet that might be willing to air the unseen episodes this summer and potentially pick up the show for midseason. Especially if at least one network is dissatisfied with its development, a deal could be hatched by May.
If that fails, the production company is expected to pact with a cable outlet to screen the remaining segs — but due to the show’s production costs, it’s unlikely a basic cabler could foot the bill for new episodes.
MTV, Fox Family and Odyssey are among the channels interested in “Freaks and Geeks,” sources say.