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NBC Is Rebooting 'Problem Child'. Yes, That 'Problem Child'.

By Emily Cutler | Industry | September 17, 2014 |

By Emily Cutler | Industry | September 17, 2014 |

NBC, apparently spurred by increasing demand for “family comedy”, has begun working on a reboot of 1990’s John Ritter vehicle Problem Child.

From writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover II, Old School), the half-hour single-camera comedy is based on the John Ritter pic of the same name and centers on every parent’s worst nightmare: a problem child. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will executive produce alongside Armstrong via their Universal Television-based TBD Productions.

First of all, “family comedy” needs to stop being synonymous with “dumb or bland comedy”, and families across country should be insulted.

Secondly, here’s what I don’t understand: why Problem Child? Not “why try to adapt a movie as a tv show?” That I understand. That’s clearly been done with varying degrees of success. Why specifically Problem Child? What sort of brand value can you possible get from a 25 year old film with a 4% Rotten Tomato rating? A good, but little seen film would make a great tv adaptation. A cult classic would work. But a famously bad film?

At the very least, I’m hoping this opens the door for a long time dream of mine: the live action tv adapation of Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

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