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ABC Greenlights Show Friends With Benefits From 500 Days of Summer Writers

ABC Brings TV Show From the Writers of (500) Days of Summer

What if the Friends loft and Central Perk were infiltrated by hipsters? We might find out soon, because ABC has just struck a deal to make a sitcom called Friends With Benefits from the writers of this Summer's indie rom-com (500) Days of Summer.

Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have been given the green light to bring their show to TV, saying, "It's about a group of twenty-somethings at a point in their lives that everyone can relate to, when they ask questions like: 'Is this your girlfriend or someone you just hang out with? Is this a job, or is this a career?'"

It's a familiar concept, but a pretty timeless one — relationships can always be mined for fodder, and when you add young, good-looking actors, you have a recipe for potential success. It's not a far cry from (500) Days, which finds a new way to detail what happens when boy meets girl. I thought the movie was sweet despite its too-hip leanings, so I'd probably watch this. Oh, and the Wedding Crashers director is attached to shoot the pilot. Intrigued yet?

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billyart101 billyart101 7 years
If you don't like "hipsters", you probably spend too much time to realize that you might actually be one.That said. It's about time our generation--Gen Y (or whatever)-- grew up and had adult reflections of their personalities.It happened in the 90's with Melrose Place and Friends showing 20 somethings coping with drama in much more salacious and hilarious ways.Now it's happening again, but with less originality apparently, with a rehash of Melrose Place and Friends (with Benefits).I think we can do better, but i'm enjoying/may enjoy these efforts too.
billyart101 billyart101 7 years
If you don't like "hipsters", you probably spend too much time to realize that you might actually be one. That said. It's about time our generation--Gen Y (or whatever)-- grew up and had adult reflections of their personalities. It happened in the 90's with Melrose Place and Friends showing 20 somethings coping with drama in much more salacious and hilarious ways. Now it's happening again, but with less originality apparently, with a rehash of Melrose Place and Friends (with Benefits). I think we can do better, but i'm enjoying/may enjoy these efforts too.
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