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Who's A Bigger Dick: Emperor Claudius Or Paul Reiser?

By Seth Freilich | Industry | June 13, 2011 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | June 13, 2011 |

HBO is dipping its toe into the pool of unnecessary remakes with an “I, Claudius” miniseries. This is an unnecessary remake because Derek Jacobi and the BBC already owned this in the 1976 “I, Claudius” miniseries. Like the original miniseries, this one will be based on Robert Graves’ pair of books, “I, Claudius” and “Claudius the God,” which present the fictional autobiography of Emperor Claudius from Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC through Caligula’s assasssination, Claudius’ rise to Emperordom, and Claudius’ eventual death in AD 54 (spoiler alert?). HBO is teaming up with the BBC for this remake and, specifically, it’s going to come from the duo who was responsible for HBO’s underappreciated “Rome” series. So it may be a wholly unnecessary remake, but I’m kind of excited about the prospect nevertheless. And having been created in 1976 myself, does this mean I’m now due for a remake? If so, I’d like Matt Smith to play me in my remade life. Because bow-ties are cool, and I’d like to have a bow-tie. (Source: the live feed)

In more HBO news, the network is developing a new series based on the recent documentary Knuckle. In my review of the flick, which premiered at Sundance this year, I noted that I found the documentary a bit thin in that it focused too narrowly on the world of Irish Traveller’s “fair fights” (i.e., bareknuckle boxing) rather than stepping back to explore other aspects of the Irish Travellers’ lifestyle. A dramatized series would presumably be able to do a bit of the wider study and with that, there’s potential for quite an interesting show. I’m particularly excited about the fact that the pilot is slated to be written by Irvine Welsh, as this seems to be right in his wheelehouse. I’m less excited about the prospect of Jody Hill directing the pilot, as I’m not sure his brand of humor or direction particularly fits the project. But I guess we’ll see, sometime in the next year or two (it’ll be at least mid-2012 before this thing sees the light of day). (Source: /Film)

In one last bit of HBO-related news, Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions is keen on moving forward on its adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s wonderful “American Gods” and has announced its intention that the series consist of six seasons, 10-12 episodes each, running a cost of about $40 million a season. Of course, HBO hasn’t committed to such a production, and I can’t see them jimping blindly into a six season, $240 million committment. But I like that Playtone is thinking big on this as it suggests they’re trying to do it right and we may not wind up with something that murders the book. (Source: io9)

Finally, AolTV sat down with Paul Reiser to ask him a few questions about his new book and NBC’s shoddy treatment of the recent “The Paul Reiser Show,” which got yanked off the air after a single episode. The show featured Reiser playing himself as a Larry David-like dick, and given this bit of the interview, I’m not so sure he was playing the part of a dick as much as just playing himself:

Is it true that you turned down the part of Danny Tanner in ‘Full House?’

You know what, I might have been offered that, it was such a long time ago. I was friends with the guy who created it, we may have talked about it.

And instead you did ‘My Two Dads.’

You know, that’s not really the way it worked out.

By the way, I never got that show. All they had to do was get a DNA test.

Here’s what I’m going to give you to make your life better. You don’t have to watch, how’s that? I can alleviate all your problems. Get on with your life.

“You don’t have to watch, how’s that?” I believe that’s why “The Paul Reiser Show” got canceled after one episode, cause nobody watched. Well, that, and it sucked, you dick.

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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