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"This American Life" to Hit TV, Theaters

"This American Life" to Hit TV, Theaters

I've been a huge fan of the public-radio storytelling series "This American Life" for years. I'm so obsessed with the show's personal essays and quirky fiction that I used to record the broadcasts to cassette. (Now I just download the podcast). Once when I was in college in Chicago, I even walked out of a theater next to the show's nerdy-cool host, Ira Glass, and was too starstruck to say anything.

Naturally, I'm super-excited about two pieces of "This American Life" news: First, that the long-awaited TV show based on the radio stories will debut on Showtime on March 19, according to Entertainment Weekly. And second, that Ira Glass and the others have signed a deal with DreamWorks to develop movies based on the show's stories.

Granted, last year's Unaccompanied Minors, based on the show's story about kids stranded at a Chicago airport over the holidays, wasn't exactly a hit. But I think lots of other stories could make good movies — say, maybe this one about the stolen parrot?

Any other "This American Life" fans out there? Which episodes do you think would work on film?

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juliet juliet 9 years
Check out the trailer for the show here! ---> http://teamsugar.com/group/155955/blog/180523
juliet juliet 10 years
And Pop, what college did you go to in Chicago? (Maybe the same one I did?) ; )
juliet juliet 10 years
I love Ira Glass & this show! I was a little skeptical when I first heard about it (sort of the way you don't want your favorite book to be made into a major motion picture), but after I heard Ira talking about it (and I read an interview w/ him in the Tribune), I think it will be really great. Looking forward to March!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
I think I listen to this on my way home from work...or not...but I definitely recognize Ira Glass's name.
mangopassion mangopassion 10 years
I totally love this show. I can't wait to see what they do with it on tv. The best part of it on the radio is how visual it is, you can really see it just through the descriptive nature of the stories.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
I think all of these would translate well: Americans in Paris (with David Sedaris); Image Makers; Settling the Score; Neighbors; Parental Guidance Suggested--and yes, the stolen parrot too!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
What great news! We love this show.
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