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Mel Brooks' HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART II (Hulu) (1 Viewer)

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Time for more JEWS. IN. SPACE!!


Brooks to write and executive-produce. Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, and Ike Barinholtz are also working on it (though no cast yet). Eight episodes, going into production next year for Hulu.

Best news all day. But my God, Mel is 95 years old. Better get this going soon.
 

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Hot damn! Been a long time. Never thought we’d see the day. I can’t believe it hasn’t been tried before this.
 

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Anybody know if there was a part 2 planned to be produced shortly after part 1, or was Mel just jerking our chains?
 

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I'll be the dissenter here and say that I hope this doesn't suck but suspect it will. I'm not familiar with Ike Barinholtz or Nick Kroll but Wanda Sykes can be extremely polarizing. I also don't think Mel's brand of humor can be easily adapted to a TV format where PC rules have to be navigated. I hope I'm completely wrong as it would be a tragic bookend to Mel's amazing legacy.
 

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But my God, Mel is 95 years old. Better get this going soon.
The nice thing with that is that Mel is cognizant of the limitations of his age and isn't trying to do it all like in his prime years. As long as all of the episodes get written, they can film it without him (if, God forbid, it should come to that).

It's a shame this didn't happen a few years earlier, though, if only so we could have gotten Cloris Leachman back. She was still hilarious well into her nineties.

I'm not familiar with Ike Barinholtz or Nick Kroll but Wanda Sykes can be extremely polarizing. I also don't think Mel's brand of humor can be easily adapted to a TV format where PC rules have to be navigated.
I would also describe Barinholtz and Kroll as polarizing, in the sense that they mostly play obnoxious assholes.

The current culture is certainly more restrictive when it comes to the bounds of political correctness than when he made Part I, but I don't think the TV format will really have an impact on that. All of FX's sitcoms are on Hulu, and some (like "Always Sunny") are easily among the least PC shows being made today.
 

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Wow, I've been waiting for the sequel to this one since 1981. But actually I'd given up about 30 years ago. Might be amusing.
 

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I expect Mel himself won't be doing any heavy lifting with this show and probably just serves in a supervisory manner so that his name is attached. I doubt he will do much of the writing. This is an odd time to have this happen as who will be the audience for this? I mean a sequel series to a 40 year old picture that was never meant to have a sequel? Basically, the original film may as well be a cave painting on a wall at this point in terms of how many people might have an inkling of its existence.

Loved the original film and I would like to check out this series but I really doubt Brooks style comedy of that vintage flies today. So what will this be? I would guess some sort of updated version that is meant to appeal to a younger audience as much or more than to capture old Brooks fans.

This does look like it will be quite an odd duck and I wonder how it came about.
 

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I can't shake the feeling that it's going to suck. I don't think Mel's collaborators will be able to resist the temptation of wearing their politics on their sleeve. I doubt he'll play any major character. Also, given how his last original production that he co-wrote and directed (Dracula: Dead and Loving It, 1995) turned out I figured he'd rest on his laurels after the 2005 film version of The Producers was a success.
 

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No reason to think that Mel won't gladly do the same.
It's funny when he does it.

Let me ask you something, watching The Producers can you tell who the sitting President was? How about Blazing Saddles? History of the World Part I? Yeah, me neither. That's the level of injecting current politics into a Mel Brooks project.
 

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