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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 19, 2008 |


Variety is reporting that, after starring in the critically well-received Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Seth Rogen and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, are teaming up to exec produce a “porno-based comedy” for Showtime. The details are sketchy, but the show will apparently revolve around three twentysomethings who run a porn store, where they learn about life and love. Because that’s obviously where life and love are learned about.

I’ve got a couple of problems with this premise. First: Porn stores are a dying breed. Zoning committees have run half of them out of town, and the Internet has run off the other half. And you know that, during a recession, the first thing that corporations cut is advertising (damn you!), and the second thing is the porn expense accounts. But then again, television usually has little to do with reality.

But the biggest problem I have with it is that … well, it feels toe-steppy, you know. Maybe even a little back-stabby. Like, if Ellen Page decided to produce a drama about a pregnant teenger, or if that pretty boy douchebag in Twilight decided to create a show about teenage vampires. It’s one thing if you make a movie and are part of the creative process, and then decide to make a television show in the same realm. But if you starred in a porn-based movie, and you’re going to make a porn-based television show, maybe you oughtn’t cut out Kevin Smith, who wrote and directed the porn-based movie you just starred in. I bet that was a weird phone call, too.

Seth: Hey, Kevin! What’s up, brother?
Kevin: Snootches.
Seth: So, listen big man. Me and Evan, we had this idea. We’re gonna do a television show for Showtime.
Kevin: Cool, dude. You need any help? I can direct your pilot. I’m there for you, kid. Anything you need.
Seth: No, no. It’s not like that. See, the show is about these guys who work in a porn shop.
Kevin: (uncomfortable silence)
Seth: Yeah. You know. It’s a comedy. But it’s got a lot of heart. I just wanted to run it by you, and you know, make sure it’s cool with you.
Kevin: Er. Yeah. Sure. I mean, why wouldn’t it be?
Seth: Oh, I mean, I’m not even sure why I’m asking. It’s not like, you know, you’ve cornered the market on porn-based comedies … it’s just, you know. I just wanted to make sure it was cool with you. Cause of that … well, you know? I mean, this is totally different.
Kevin: Cool.
Seth: Thanks, man. That’s what I thought you’d say.
Kevin: (uncomfortable silence). Right. So, I’ll talk to you later, then.
Seth: Cool.
Kevin: (click) Tubby bitch. I want my motherfucking TV check.

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Rogen Makes a Porno

Sounds Vaguely Cock-Blocky / Dustin Rowles

Trade News | November 19, 2008 | Comments ()



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