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Some of the advance reviews for WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP are starting to come in and they’re resounding in the amount of praise this eight part show on Netflix is getting. Not only is the cast getting the lion’s share of that praise, but the whole idea of this being a prequel taking place some fourteen years after the original film came out is also. Chris of course is reprising his role of Gene, the slightly unbalanced cook with a can of mixed vegetables at Camp Firewood. This thing looks uproarious, and I’m going to look forward to seeing it. How ’bout you?
‘Wet Hot American Summer’ on Netflix: still wet, hot, raunchy and gloriously funny
By Joanna Connors, The Plain Dealer
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on July 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM, updated July 22, 2015 at 8:09 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fans of “Wet Hot American Summer” don’t need to be told this. But neophytes preparing to dive into the “Wet Hot” cult and binge-watch the prequel, “First Day of Camp,” coming to Netflix Friday, July 31, might want to take the advice of returning cast member Paul Rudd: “Just embrace its lunacy.”
Rudd was actually referring to the absurdity faced by the cast, most now in their late 30s and 40s, who play the same teenagers they were in the 2001 movie. The cast is 14 years older; their characters are two months younger.
Since the actors include not just the sublimely silly Rudd, but also Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black and Bradley Cooper, and new additions Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Kristen Wiig and Michael Cera, they prove more than capable of embracing the lunacy. They embraced it like Ari Gold hugging it out on “Entourage.”
In fact, one of the many, many pleasures of “First Day of Camp” is the sight of so many fantastic actors having so much fun goofing around with each other, all the while playing everything with life-or-death teenage intensity turned up to 11.
The eight-episode series, written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (who grew up in Shaker Heights) and directed by Wain, is “Scooby-Doo” crossed with a Mexican telenovela crossed with “Porky’s” and “Meatballs” and “Animal House,” with just a little “Waiting for Guffman” and even “Mad Men” thrown in for fun.
It takes place on June 24, 1981, two months before the last-day events of the movie. We’re back at Camp Firewood in Maine, where hormones fly thicker than mosquitoes and a cataclysm is always looming – toxic waste oozing toward the camp, a government conspiracy unfolding, the staff putting on a Broadway musical.
As the campers arrive, the counselors have more important things on their minds than the kids. Eternally awkward Coop (Showalter) awaits the arrival of his “girlfriend” Donna (Lake Bell), who doesn’t seem to realize she’s his girlfriend. She’s more interested in the cool new soccer counselor from Israel (Wain). Andy (Rudd) works to woo Katie (Marguerite Moreau) away from her evil-preppy boyfriend (Josh Charles) at Camp Tiger Claw.
Drama queens Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Bradley Cooper) bring in an actual Broadway bit player (John Slattery) to direct “Electro City.” A journalist for “Rock ‘n’ Roll World” goes undercover as a counselor to get the real story of summer camp. And the story of the can of vegetables that talks to Vietnam War vet Gene (Christopher Meloni) is finally revealed.
Among the highlights: the show-within-a-show, which includes an electrocution musical number; Shannon demonstrating her disco dancing; Rudd’s riff on his sarcastic sneer; Jason Schwartzman’s identification of the toxic waste; Meloni skipping through the woods; and Bruce Greenwood as a lawyer.
The series is funnier than the movie, in large part because it is far better written and directed. The movie (Wain’s first as a director) relied a little too much on its own sloppiness for laughs. The higher professionalism behind the camera doesn’t mean the juvenile spirit is gone, though. Dozens of lines are destined to be quoted, again and again, over games of beer pong, leading with, “I’m just the guy who farts in your face and makes you smile.”
Clearly, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” still has the gloriously raunchy, proudly stupid comic tone that made the movie a cult hit. SOURCE
Chris completed a film called THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL where he plays the part of Pascal. The film has been a darling at film festivals including Sundance. The film has gained distribution and the first official trailer is out. The film also stars Chris’ TRUE BLOOD co-star Alexander Skarsgård, who as you all remember played the part of Norse vampire Eric Northman and Chris the part of the Vampire Authority Roman Zimojic.
Here is a hilarious behind-the-scenes video of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP to meet the staff of Camp Firewood. The video is a mockumentary of the usual videos of the 70s/80s where the video was usually unstable and very campy. The series stars Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter all reprising their characters some 14 years after the film. You need to watch to the end of the video where you’ll see a glimpse of Chris’ character of camp cook Gene.
I have three stills from Chris’ upcoming show WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP as Gene, the cook of Camp Firewood. This thing looks like it’s going to be outrageous. And of course Chris will be at his best. Cannot wait to see Gene at work with his can of mixed veggies. Says so much of Gene’s state of mind, though I’m still trying to figure out if Gene actually saw time in Vietnam, or …. The first episode airs 31 July 2015 and of course UNABRIDGED will be on top of it providing screencaps and other media associated with Chris in it.
 PROMOTIONAL STILLS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP
There is a new trailer for the revival of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER on Netflix where Chris reprises his role of Gene the cook of Camp Firewood. This thing looks absurdly cool. All the original cast is back looking er, um younger. I’m really impressed to see Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler back considering their varied successes. Chris of course looks typically Gene and we love him for it. I’ll have some images to follow in another post.
Cast your mind back to Camp Firebird 1981 and we get the first confirmed teaser for the cast of the new Netflix show WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER FIRST DAY OF CAMP. Chris of course is back playing Gene, the Cook. Enjoy.
Chris has signed to star in the WGN series UNDERGROUND. No word on his character, but it’s to be a limited run series with ten episodes. More below.
Christopher Meloni to Star in WGN America’s Straight-to-Series Slave Drama ‘Underground’
WGN America is going straight-to-series with Underground, tapping Christopher Meloni to star in the slave drama.
Additionally, Friday Night Lights alum Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge (Rectify) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow, Dracula) will join the cast of the 10-episode drama. Anthony Hemingway (The Wire, Treme) will direct the first two episodes.
The L.A.-based cable network first announced it was developing Underground in August, when it went straight to series with Outsiders, its Appalachia-set 13-episode series.
From creator Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes), the Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios entry follows the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost. Executive producers include Green, Pokaski, Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures.
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Law & Order: SVU alum Meloni — who marks his return to drama following last season’s short-lived comedy Surviving Jack — will play August, a secretive mercenary who walks a tightrope between survival and morality. Meloni had been getting multiple pilot offers this season, for both drama and comedy.
Smollett-Bell (Parenthood) will play Rosalee, a shy house slave with a powerful inner strength and courage; Hodge is set as Noah, a brave and clever slave on the plantation with dreams of freedom and a dangerous plan to escape; and De Gouw will portray Elizabeth, a socialite who shares her husband’s abolitionist ideals. Additional castings are expected to be announced. Production begins in the spring for a 2016 premiere.
Underground marks WGN America’s fifth straight-to-series order since the national cable network expanded into original scripted fare last year. It joins a roster of dramas including the second seasons of Salem and Manhattan — returning in April and the fall, respectively — as well as Outsiders (also from SPT) and is in preproduction on Ten Commandments.
Meloni is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment; Smollett-Bell is with ICM Partners, Storefront Entertainment and Fox Rothschild; Hodge is with Paradigm and Priluck; and De Gouw with UTA, RGM Artists, KTM Artist Group and Jackoway Tyerman.