Stay Tuned, a 1992 movie in which John Ritter and Pam Dawber play a husband and wife who get sucked into their television and inhabit different worlds as they bounce through the TV’s hellish programming, is being adapted into a TV show.
Just two months ago, I wrote a piece proclaiming that this goofy little quasi-forgotten movie was an ideal candidate for a modern remake. Am I to believe it’s a coincidence that a new version is now in the works? Or do the people behind this Stay Tuned TV series read /Film? Hopefully my check is in the mail. Get the details about the new show below.
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The Movie: Stay Tuned
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video
The Pitch: A man going through a midlife crisis would rather watch TV than pay attention to his wife or kids. With his marriage teetering on the brink of collapse, the guy and his wife get sucked into a powerful new television set and must survive a gauntlet of hellacious versions of then-modern television shows and movies. (Examples: Northern Overexposure, Driving Over Miss Daisy, Three Men and Rosemary’s Baby.)
Why It’s Essential Viewing: This 1992 movie stars John Ritter (Three’s Company), Pam Dawber (Mork & Mindy), and Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and was directed by Peter Hyams (Outland, Timecop, Sudden Death). Admittedly, that’s not exactly a “who’s who” of legendary talent, but the premise is what really hooked me here. And the details of the plot are even more ridiculous than I mentioned in the pitch section: this whole operation is put together to please Satan himself, who is never seen in this movie but alluded to as a major TV watcher. Jones plays hell’s top TV executive, who finds poor TV-obsessed schlubs to participate in this torturous viewing scheme, and if the humans survive for 24 hours, they’re released back into the real world. Read More »