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2013-03-16 12:39:28 AM
This had better not affect filming of QI.

/Who am I kidding. It'll get cancelled after three weeks.
 
2013-03-16 01:09:18 AM
I had no interest in this.  Now that Fry is on it, I have some interest.  Now that I find out it is created by Greg Garcia, he of "My Name Is Earl" and "Raising Hope," I have quite a bit of interest.  I'd love to see Stephen Fry get a hit TV show in the states.  Not enough Americans know of his genius.
 
2013-03-16 01:13:08 AM

Flint Ironstag: This had better not affect filming of QI.


QI films each series in a couple of weeks, so it shouldn't be any problem.
 
2013-03-16 01:27:02 AM
Hmm.  I like both actors, but this does not appeal.
 
2013-03-16 02:10:24 AM
So, I take it "real-life superheroes" are the new zombies?
 
2013-03-16 02:37:31 AM

AdolfOliverPanties: I had no interest in this.  Now that Fry is on it, I have some interest.  Now that I find out it is created by Greg Garcia, he of "My Name Is Earl" and "Raising Hope," I have quite a bit of interest.  I'd love to see Stephen Fry get a hit TV show in the states.  Not enough Americans know of his genius.


I'm also really interested because Garcia is involved. Earl was fun, but Raising Hope is brilliant (Garrett Dillahunt is an underrated comedic genius). Fry and Grint just elevate this to shut up and take my money level.

/If you haven't watched Stephen Fry in America, you should
 
2013-03-16 03:05:49 AM
I don't think it will succeed. Middle America will not embrace a gay atheist as a star. You could be one or the other but not both. Fry is too outspoken in both roles.

Pity, Fry is an amazing actor, writer, man.
 
2013-03-16 03:16:00 AM
On one hand, CBS keeps putting out shiatty TV. On the other hand, Stephen Fry and Rupert Grint are pretty awesome and Greg Garcia makes good TV, so I guess I'll give it a shot.
 
2013-03-16 03:59:18 AM

The_Philosopher_King: I don't think it will succeed. Middle America will not embrace a gay atheist as a star. You could be one or the other but not both. Fry is too outspoken in both roles.

Pity, Fry is an amazing actor, writer, man.


Meh, Middle America is fine with teh gheys on TV as long as they're not making them uncomfortable with those icky displays of affection and such. I'm pretty sure that Middle America is already convinced that teh gheys are all godless atheists anyway so it's not like Fry actually being an atheist is going to be a surprise. Heck, Middle America is finally warming to the idea of gay actors playing straight leading roles--I'm pretty darn sure that the reason White Collar comes up with hilariously weak excuses to get Matt Bomer in as little clothing as possible as often as possible is for the viewing pleasure of the housewives of Middle America.
 
2013-03-16 04:40:26 AM
God help me, I know this is doomed before it even begins but I want this to go to series now.
 
2013-03-16 07:02:48 AM
Hugh Laurie as the next Doctor and Stephen Fry as his companion. That is all.

/might also accept Fry as Doctor and Laurie as companion.
 
2013-03-16 07:29:43 AM

rynthetyn: The_Philosopher_King: I don't think it will succeed. Middle America will not embrace a gay atheist as a star. You could be one or the other but not both. Fry is too outspoken in both roles.
Pity, Fry is an amazing actor, writer, man.
Meh, Middle America is fine with teh gheys on TV as long as they're not making them uncomfortable with those icky displays of affection and such. I'm pretty sure that Middle America is already convinced that teh gheys are all godless atheists anyway so it's not like Fry actually being an atheist is going to be a surprise. Heck, Middle America is finally warming to the idea of gay actors playing straight leading roles--I'm pretty darn sure that the reason White Collar comes up with hilariously weak excuses to get Matt Bomer in as little clothing as possible as often as possible is for the viewing pleasure of the housewives of Middle America.



True, America has grown to accept a gay as a TV character. But Fry is more in your face about it. He goes out of his way to fight publicly for rights. Making the news just the other day for criticizing Russian policies to a Russian lawmaker.

Link to story

As for religion I don't think people view gays as atheists as much as "those who strayed." A kind of prodigal son situation. While Fry who respects an individuals choice to be religious will do things like accuse the Catholic church of hiding child rape (among other things) in a speech to an audience with bishops and other church leaders.

Link to video

Both decidedly not main-stream. After all, I think Fry should be much more famous in America than he is now. Maybe 3 out of 5 people knew who he is when I tell them about QI my current favorite show. So it isn't lack of talent holding him back. What is it then?
 
2013-03-16 07:35:35 AM
Should be on cable where potentially good shows have a chance.
 
2013-03-16 07:36:06 AM

rynthetyn: On one hand, CBS keeps putting out shiatty TV. On the other hand, Stephen Fry and Rupert Grint are pretty awesome and Greg Garcia makes good TV, so I guess I'll give it a shot.


Same here. Aside from Stephen Fry, who's actually pretty cool and really funny, it's almost impossible to know what a show will be like based on the most basic storylines and the actors that have been listed. I don't think anybody would have predicted the success of hit shows like Two and a Half Men (it's a sitcom with Charlie Sheen and the kid who played Ducky in Pretty in Pink) or Big Bang Theory (it's a show about physics students which revolves around a love story between the girl from 8 Simple Rules and the kid who played Darlene Conner's boyfriend on Roseanne).

It'll come down to how well it's written, and how well the actors do with the material.
 
2013-03-16 08:32:53 AM

The_Philosopher_King: Both decidedly not main-stream. After all, I think Fry should be much more famous in America than he is now. Maybe 3 out of 5 people knew who he is when I tell them about QI my current favorite show. So it isn't lack of talent holding him back. What is it then?


I expect its Fry who is holding himself back. He has had in the past mental health issues and is very comfortable  doing what he is doing at the moment so why risk his health trying to crack America?

Check out him as a host of this years BAFTA's. A perfect combination of gravitas and sly irreverence that plays well in Britain but is far too much for, say, the po faced Acadamy.
 
2013-03-16 08:59:30 AM
Fry was great as Dr Gordon Wyatt aka Dr Gordon Gordon aka Noddy Comet in his time on Bones.

It will be nice to see Fry and Laurie together again but looks like we're probably waiting til Xmas 2014.
 
2013-03-16 09:15:21 AM

Mad_Radhu: I'm also really interested because Garcia is involved. Earl was fun, but Raising Hope is brilliant (Garrett Dillahunt is an underrated comedic genius). Fry and Grint just elevate this to shut up and take my money level.


This. Sign me up.
 
2013-03-16 09:52:20 AM
Finally, relevant user name!
 
2013-03-16 09:56:04 AM
The relevant merchant's shop skit:
http://youtu.be/noSOFIJdfwM

Warning: A Bit of Fry and Laurie may be addictive.
 
2013-03-16 10:04:58 AM
Wait! Do you think Fry can play a butler?
 
2013-03-16 10:35:11 AM
A Bit of Fry and Laurie is great, but this sounds rather more like Jeeves & Wooster. Which is also great.

I very much like Fry and Grint, but this premise doesn't sound so hot.
 
2013-03-16 10:58:20 AM
Will he be playing a posh, camp Englishman? What range the man has.
 
2013-03-16 01:51:56 PM

rynthetyn: Middle America is finally warming to the idea of gay actors playing straight leading roles


FINALLY!

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2013-03-16 02:04:32 PM
Grint isn't terrible. I'd give him a better chance than whatever Hollywood actor they'd pick otherwise.

Fry classes up anything and everything he's in.

The premise... well, I guess it depends on what angle they take. If either of them is a bumbling moron who has to be constantly extricated by the other from whatever jam they've gotten into this week, it'll probably tank like a Panzer crashing into an Abrams. If they go with a less-brooding/less-stolid Bruce Wayne/Alfred relationship, it could work.
 
2013-03-16 02:11:49 PM

Lokasenna: The premise... well, I guess it depends on what angle they take. If either of them is a bumbling moron who has to be constantly extricated by the other from whatever jam they've gotten into this week, it'll probably tank like a Panzer crashing into an Abrams. If they go with a less-brooding/less-stolid Bruce Wayne/Alfred relationship, it could work.


Keep in mind that this is created by a guy who has made a comedy about a single father raising a child he had during a one night stand with a serial killer not only work, be he's made it one of the best shows on TV. He's really good at taking concepts that seem like a bad idea and really making them shine.
 
2013-03-16 02:46:59 PM
I have no idea why, but I friggen love Fry's voice.
 
2013-03-16 04:47:44 PM

OhioKnight: rynthetyn: Middle America is finally warming to the idea of gay actors playing straight leading roles

FINALLY!

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Nobody in the general public knew that Rock Hudson was gay, they thought he was the perfect 100% heterosexual man that all men should aspire to be like.
 
2013-03-16 06:28:06 PM

Felgraf: I have no idea why, but I friggen love Fry's voice.


Only thing better than Stephen Fry's voice is Stephen Fry's voice imitating Billy Connolly's voice
 
2013-03-16 10:33:48 PM

enry: Hugh Laurie as the next Doctor and Stephen Fry as his companion. That is all.

/might also accept Fry as Doctor and Laurie as companion.


No way, Laurie as the Doctor, and Fry as his butler.

/if it were an episode of Saturday Night Fry, the name "Rupert Grint" would most definitely be joke fodder
 
2013-03-19 03:28:50 PM
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have done exactly two good things in their entire respective careers: Jeeves and Wooster, and Blackadder Goes Forth. They were funny for about four or five years between the end of the 80s and 1995, and have sucked ever since.
 
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