×

‘Freaks and Geeks’ Reboot? Judd Apatow Teases ‘Anything Can Happen’

Freaks and Geeks” — a.k.a., the show that was canceled too soon — has been the subject of a possible reboot since it was axed by NBC after just one short season back in 2000.

Though creator Paul Feig has shot down revival rumors in the past, on Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., exec producer Judd Apatow said there is a glimmer of hope.

“I don’t think so,” he said, talking to a small group of reporters, when asked if he’d want to revisit the “Freaks and Geeks” characters. “I think we had a beautiful poetic ending, and it’s a miracle that it worked so well. You don’t want to see what happened in the diner after ‘The Sopranos’ ended. As much as at the time it threw you, as the years passed you think, that was a brilliant ending so I don’t think we would mess with it, but you never know — anything can happen.”

He continued, “There’s something about the show that’s timeless because we were trying to write about the era before technology so it doesn’t look goofy because they’re holding tiny cell phones, so we’re very lucky that way.”

While there is no revival in the works, Apatow raved about the cast, which included James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, Busy Philipps and Linda Cardellini.

“They’re so talented and we knew it at the time, and that’s why it was so heartbreaking [the show was canceled] because we had a sense that it was an amazing collection of people,” Apatow told reporters.

During his “Love” panel, Apatow was asked the question and joked, “All of those characters died in a super max prison … You never know, It could happen. This year it won’t happen. We’ll see. I think James Franco has already made a ‘Freaks and Geeks’ reunion.”

However, the “Freaks and Geeks” team is still very much in touch — so much so that Apatow will have a cameo appearance in Franco’s upcoming film “The Disaster Artist.”

“The other day, I did a brief cameo in the movie that James Franco is directing about the making of the movie “The Room” so it’s just fun to go, ‘Wow, look at James. He’s directing,'” Apatow, who was at TCA to support his Netflix series “Love,” said. “And Seth [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg] are directing. And look at what Linda Cardellini is doing on ‘Bloodline’ and all the movies. I’m very proud of everybody.”

Back in 2014, Apatow spoke to Variety about “Freaks and Geeks” being canceled too soon. “Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled … Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. And that writer and that director.’ And I really should get over that.”

As for another reboot, Apatow is bringing back Pee-wee Herman for a Netflix flick “Pee-wee Herman’s Big Holiday,” which will launch this year.

“I love Pee-wee Herman, and I always wanted more Pee-wee Herman movies and TV shows so I’m very excited to see the film, which is really funny and silly and stays to the spirit of all his other work,” Apatow said at TCA. Of actor Paul Reubens, who portrays Pee-wee, Apatow added, “It was a pleasure for Paul and I to collaborate with him. He knows exactly what he wants to do and what the voice of that work is, so we tried to help in any way we can, but it really is a world he has invented. We’re just trying to help to make another one. It was fantastic. It was a dream come true.”

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Practical Magic

    'Practical Magic' Prequel Among Three HBO Max Pilot Orders

    HBO Max is continuing to build up its original programming slate with three new projects. Variety has learned that the nascent streamer has given pilot orders to the half-hour dramedy “Generation” and the hour-long drama “Red Bird Lane,” as well as a pilot production commitment for the one-hour drama “Rules of Magic.” All three projects [...]

  • James Corden Variety Cover Story

    James Corden Signs Deal to Host 'Late Late Show' Through 2022

    James Corden has signed a new deal with CBS which will see him stay on as host of “The Late Late Show” through 2022. The multi-talented Brit had been in advanced negotiations with the studio since May, and the new deal is sure to see him score a substantial bump in pay. The previous deal [...]

  • Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon, Home Edit Duo Set Lifestyle Series at Netflix

    Netflix has ordered a new lifestyle series that boasts Reese Witherspoon among its executive producers. The hour-long series will follow master home organizes Clea Sherer and Joanna Teplin, the duo behind The Home Edit company. In each episode, Sherer and Teplin will transform the lives of their clients by conquering clutter with their signature style. [...]

  • 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Renewed for Season

    VH1 Renews Two Series in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Franchise

    “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been renewed for Season 12 at VH1, the cabler announced Monday. Additionally, the “All Stars” version of the show has been renewed for Season 5. RuPaul made the announcement in a video, which you can see below. The flagship series will welcome a fresh group of drag queens eager to prove [...]

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor

    'Fleabag' Star Andrew Scott Joins 'His Dark Materials' at HBO

    Andrew Scott, known to many as the “hot priest” from season 2 of “Fleabag,” has joined the cast of the “His Dark Materials” adaptation at HBO. The announcement was made via a tweet on the series’ official Twitter account which shows Scott on set with Lin Manuel Miranda, who is set to play Lee Scoresby [...]

  • Stephen Amell Arrow Season 5

    'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell to Lead Starz Wrestling Drama 'Heels'

    Stephen Amell has set his first major post-“Arrow” role. The actor, who will make his final outing as the bow-wielding super hero this season, has been cast as the lead in a wrestling drama series entitled “Heels,” which has been handed an eight-episode order by Starz. The hour-long drama is set in a close-knit Georgia [...]

  • Curiosity Stream Altice

    Altice USA Pacts With John Hendricks' CuriosityStream Service

    Altice USA has set a deal with John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream to expand distribution of the science- and history-focused subscription streaming service. The deal will make CuriosityStream available to all Altice USA’s 4.9 million customers across 21 states, including a big cluster serving New York and Connecticut. Altice also plans to add the CuriosityStream app to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content