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Thu March 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

Small Screen Adaptations

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 10:42 am

TV shows are sometimes based on popular films, and while some are successful (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) others...not so much (Spaceballs: The Animated Series). Host Ophira Eisenberg has a few of her own ideas in this game, where players must "adapt" movie titles into shorter series versions by removing a letter to form a new, more succinct title.

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants. We have Laurie Woog and Brian Devinney. Welcome to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage.

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EISENBERG: Brian Devinney, for our listeners, is wearing a kilt. I need to point that out.

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EISENBERG: It is very important. Are you Scottish, Brian?

BRIAN DEVINNEY: No, I'm Irish.

EISENBERG: You're Irish. Is that an Irish kilt?

DEVINNEY: This is the Irish Revenge Tartan.

ART CHUNG: That sounds like some sort of martial arts move.

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DEVINNEY: It means don't tick me off.

EISENBERG: Always good to start on the offensive.

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EISENBERG: Brian, are you into trivia? Are you a big trivia buff?

DEVINNEY: I love trivia.

EISENBERG: What is your favorite brand of trivia? Do you have a sort that you're like really knowledgeable about?

DEVINNEY: The Miss Universe pageant.

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EISENBERG: That's amazing. Do you have one fun fact?

DEVINNEY: Miss Universe 1971 was from Lebanon and she was the only Miss Universe to be crowned wearing hot pants.

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EISENBERG: I'm going to talk to Laurie right now, because Laurie could weigh in all of this. She's an immigration lawyer.

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LAURIE WOOG: I am.

EISENBERG: You probably have heard it all.

WOOG: I have, yes.

EISENBERG: Just so you know, I do have a green card and it has not expired. So I'm...

WOOG: Very good. I wasn't going to ask. That's my policy.

EISENBERG: Oh, really. Good to know.

WOOG: Yes.

EISENBERG: So you guys seem like the perfect people for this following game. This game is called Small Screen Adaptations, because lots of movies have been successfully adapted into television shows, like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." And then there's been not so successful ones such as the television show "Ferris Buehler," starring Jennifer Aniston as Ferris' sister. Anyone remember that? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler?

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EISENBERG: Some people do. That is so...

CHUNG: Sad.

EISENBERG: Sad. So in this game, we're going to present some ideas for television series based on big screen films. But since they need to be scaled down for the small screen, we've removed a letter from the title. So we'll describe the show and you give us the new title.

For example, if we said this series features a sweet, dimwitted baseball official who thinks life is like a box of chocolates, we'd be talking about Forrest Ump.

DEVINNEY: Oh, okay.

EISENBERG: "Forrest Gump," minus the "G" to make him an umpire.

WOOG: This sounds hard.

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EISENBERG: It's going to be great. It's going to be great. A fussy old southern woman makes a new best friend, the African American swimming coach, who prompts her to jump off the high board.

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EISENBERG: Laurie?

WOOG: Driving Michael Phelps.

EISENBERG: That is incorrect.

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EISENBERG: It's a fun answer. Brian, did you have it?

DEVINNEY: Diving Miss Daisy.

EISENBERG: Diving Miss Daisy, that is correct.

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CHUNG: Could I say right now that I would totally watch the TV show "Driving Michael Phelps?"

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EISENBERG: From Pixar, comes the adventures of some mashugana talking dreidels, such a suris (ph).

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EISENBERG: Laurie?

WOOG: Oy Story.

EISENBERG: Oy Story.

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EISENBERG: Each week, a different angel is told that if he saves a despondent soul, he'll get his wings. But that turns out to be a big fat fib. Brian is looking up. Laurie is looking at me.

CHUNG: You guys just got to know the answer to this one.

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EISENBERG: Laurie?

WOOG: It's a wonderful something.

EISENBERG: Yeah, it is a wonderful something, yeah.

WOOG: It's a wonderful life.

EISENBERG: That is incorrect. Brian is trying...

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DEVINNEY: It's a wonderful lie.

EISENBERG: It's a wonderful lie, yes.

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DEVINNEY: Thank you, Laurie.

EISENBERG: An overprotective clownfish desperately tries to locate his son, last seen wearing his hair over his eyes, listening to Wheezer and swimming with sharks off the coast of Australia.

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EISENBERG: Brian?

DEVINNEY: Finding Emo.

EISENBERG: Finding Emo.

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EISENBERG: Jack Nicholson plays a jaded private detective in this hard-boiled mystery series, set in a city full of green moss-covered pets.

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EISENBERG: Laurie?

WOOG: Chia Town.

EISENBERG: Chia Town.

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EISENBERG: Julie Roberts reprises her role as a beautiful prostitute, but this time she's spitefully insisting on being bought dinner as well.

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EISENBERG: Brian?

DEVINNEY: Petty woman.

EISENBERG: That is correct. We also would have accepted: Eat, pay, love.

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EISENBERG: So much fun. You two were wonderful contestants. It turns out that Brian is the winner of this round and will be moving on.

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EISENBERG: Thank you so much to Laurie. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.