Spaced (1999 - 2001)(TV Series)
Created by Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson,
Edgar Wright
Written by Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson
Directed by Edgar Wright
Original release: 24 September 1999 –  13 April
2001
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King Kong vs Godzilla

The idea of pitting King Kong against
another monster came about in 1960,
when Willis O'Brien, the man behind the
stop-motion effects in the original film, had
developed his own sequel. Godzilla,
however, was not the monster that O'Brien
had wanted Kong to fight. Frankenstein
was the monster of choice for this new
movie idea, but there was all kinds of
hurdles that would have to be overcome if
the classic Universal horror icon was to be
used.
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King Kong Escapes

An evil pair, Dr.Who and Madame Piranha, have developed a mechanical
replica of King Kong to dig for a highly radioactive mineral in the area of the
North Pole. They soon discover that their replica is not cut out for the job and
soon go on a quest for the real deal. They use the young and lovely Susan
Miller to trap the monster and take him back to the mines. Of course Kong
escapes and heads for Japan.
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Uncanny X-Men #94,
August 1975, Marvel
Comics

Professor X gathers the large team
together in the school. He wants to
congratulate them on their last
battle as well as talk to them about
the future. No sooner does he get
the words out of his mouth when
Sunfire speaks up and says he is
leaving the team. Xavier tries to
stop him, but Sunfire refuses. The
other new members of the team
stay, some hesitantly and Sunfire
flies away. Banshee is asked and
begins to say that he is too old for
the team of young heroes, but
accepts the challenge anyhow.
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Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1, April 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics

Iron Man is magnetically bound to a table in the lower hull of a Maggia
gambling ship. An overhead laser beam threatens to slice him in half. He
manages to pull a recharge cable from one his side-pods and short circuits
the electrical systems operating both the table and the laser.
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Batman #181, June 1966 Issue - DC Comics

An original grunge girl and botanist from Seattle, Pamela Lillian Isley
wants to be on top of Gotham's criminal food chain so she invites all
the other riot girls in town (Dragon Fly, Silken Spider, Tiger Moth) to a
rumble.
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The Rams Are Returning To Los Angeles!

Eric Dickerson was selected second overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the
Los Angeles Rams. An immediate success, he established rookie records
for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most
touchdowns rushing (18), including another two receiving touchdowns. His
efforts earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the
Year honors.

In his second season, Dickerson continued his onslaught on the NFL record
book becoming a member of the 2000 rushing yards club. Twelve times in
1984 he gained more than 100 yards rushing, breaking the record of 100-
yard games in a season held by O.J. Simpson. His 2,105 total yards rushing
beat Simpson’s 1973 NFL season record of 2,003 yards. No one has since
rushed for more yards in a single NFL season. Dickerson's 5.6 yards per
carry led the Rams to a playoff berth in 1984.
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Wendell Avery Tyler (born May 20, 1955) is a former professional
American football player who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the
3rd round of the 1977 NFL Draft. A 5'10", 198 lbs. running back from UCLA,
Tyler played in 10 NFL seasons from 1977 to 1986 for the Los Angeles
Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and ‘Spaced’
Written By: Terri Pressley

I really like Simon Pegg, I have ever since I saw ‘Run Fat Boy,
Run’, so of course I (eventually) saw ‘Paul’. It was a much better
and much funnier movie than I had expected which explains my
use of the term eventually. A discussion this weekend about
‘World’s End’ turned into I must see ‘Hot Fuzz’, and quicker than
you can jump a fence, the DVD player was loading the movie. I
must say the first half was the kind of wry British humoUr that I
particularly enjoy. Then it turned. What followed was a total dude
fest mock-up of every action movie EVER filmed. YAWN! The
discussion that followed my critique of said movie led to the fact
that I must see the roots of all Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar
Wright films……the short lived British television show ‘Spaced’
which earned two BAFTA nominations as well as an
International Emmy nomination . Ahhh….I was rapt, completely
caught…..hook, line and sinker. I watched the whole series (14
episodes) back to back. It was a thrill to try to catch each pop
culture reference; it became almost a game to see who could
name the most! Suddenly, it was over. Wrapped up into a not so
quite tidy package that has left me wanting more.

It all began in 1995 when Jessica Stevenson (Hynes) was cast in
the BBC series ‘Six Pairs of Pants’ alongside Simon Pegg. The
following year, when Pegg went on to make the surreal sitcom
‘Asylum’ with Edgar Wright the two invited her to take part in the
show. Together the three of them dreamed up ‘Spaced’ with
Hynes creating most of the initial characters and situations: she
and Pegg are friends who pretended to be a couple in order to
secure a flat rental.

‘Spaced’ was to be an American remake, although Hynes, Pegg
and Wright, who signed away their rights a decade ago, had
never been consulted. "They developed our show for nearly a
year without our knowledge or blessing," says Hynes. "It's
unforgivable." Nevertheless, Pegg and Wright, perhaps, have
fewer grounds for resentment than Hynes does. Simon Pegg
and Wright took the ‘Spaced’ formula to the big screen with
‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and now ‘World’s End’. It is the
other third of the trio who did not fare quite so well. Hynes has
never been short of theater, film or television work— she
appeared in
‘Shaun of the Dead’ and is in ‘World’s End’– but until last year,
Hynes' most high-profile post-Spaced role was in another short-
lived BBC sitcom.

I was optimistic when Pegg and Wright were interviewed at
ComicCon and the discussion turned to ‘Spaced”. However, just
as I was lifted to the heights I was quickly plunged to the depths.
The duo have said they will not make any new episodes. I can
see their point, it would be hard to go back (the characters were
all in their mid-20s) and a post reunion can be tricky (i.e.:
‘Arrested Development’). There is no discussion though that the
humoUr, pop culture and uber geek references that this golden
trio displayare rock solid and make their movies more than just
funny and more than cult favorites, they are iconic.

Simon Pegg’s Offical statement regarding the American re-
make of ‘Spaced’:

“Now that the pilot has been officially announced, I thought it
might be a good idea to clarify my position on the subject. The
whole affair seems to have inspired some spirited debate and
some heartening displays of loyalty and love.
All this for a show which is almost 10 years old, is all rather
wonderful and a vindication of all the blood, sweat and tears
(both of joy and pain) we shed in the show’s creation. It was
always our aim to create a comedy which spoke to its
audience on such a personal level, it almost felt one on one.
It would seem the fan reaction to the news that Fox has
appropriated the format, confirms at least, that we
succeeded.

As far as remaking TV shows for different territories is
concerned, I don’t have a problem. The Office remake
being a perfect example. Yes, the original British version is
a wonderful and compact piece of comedy writing and
performance, but I think it’s bit much to expect a large scale
American television audience to fully relate to the minutiae
of day-to-day business life in an obscure British suburb. I’m
sure if you’re reading this, you are the type of person who
takes pleasure in the variety of entertainment you enjoy,
relishing the differences between our various cultural
touchstones but there is a massive audience out
there, which perhaps isn’t as culturally savvy (euphemistic
phrase for ‘geeky’) as we are and need their signifiers to be
a little more familiar. So, Slough is replaced by Scranton,
and the office archetypes become a little more archetypal to
an American audience. The spirit of the show remains
intact. The performances are uniformly great and the show
scores big ratings and wins EMMYs, whether we as
comedy purists prefer the original or not. The success of the
remake is born out by it’s undoubted success and appeal.

My main problem with the notion of a Spaced remake is the
sheer lack of respect that Granada/Wonderland/Warner
Bros have displayed in respectively selling out and
appropriating our ideas without even letting us know. A
decision I can only presume was made as a way of
avoiding having to give us any money, whilst at the same
time using mine and Edgar’s name in their press release, in
order to trade on the success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot
Fuzz, even professing, as Peter Johnson did, to being a big
fan of the show and it’s creators. A device made all the
more heinous by the fact that the press release neglected to
mention the show’s co-creator and female voice, Jessica
Hynes (nee Stevenson). The fact is, when we signed our
contracts ten years ago, we had neither the experience or
the kudos to demand any clauses securing any control over
future reversioning. We signed away our rights to any input
in the show’s international future, because we just wanted to
get the show made and these dark days of legal piracy
seemed a far away concern. As a result, we have no rights.
The show does not belong to us and, those that do own it
have no obligation to include us in any future plans. You
would perhaps hope though, out of basic professional
respect and courtesy, we might have been consulted. It is
this flagrant snub and effective vote of no confidence in the
very people that created the show, that has caused such
affront at our end. If they don’t care about the integrity of the
original, why call it Spaced? Why attempt to find some
validation by including mine and Edgar’s names in the
press release as if we were involved? Why not just lift the
premise? Two strangers, pretend to be a couple in order to
secure residence of a flat/apartment. It’s hardly Ibsen. Jess
and I specifically jumped off from a very mainstream sitcom
premise in order to unravel it so completely. Take it, have it,
call it Perfect Strangers and hope Balkie doesn’t sue. Just
don’t call it Spaced.

It’s a shame, since the pilot is now a certainty, whether we
like it or not, a simple phone call and a few reassurances
might have helped to at least curtail the tide of indignation
from fans and creators alike. I have, as of yet, heard
nothing.”

Although an American remake of ‘Spaced’ sounded
intriguing and both Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg spoke
publicly of their feelings about it, never fear, the pilot was so
horrible the whole show idea was canned. I watched some
footage of the pilot and…..hmmm…..gee….it was just, how
shall I say? Well, weird, and honestly….horrific. I really do
not know where they were trying going with it and they
muddled the characters into simplistic caricatures of the
originals. Call it artistic justice or just plain ol’ Karma; I am
just glad it did not work out.