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The Series: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: 14 years after Wet Hot American Summer became a cult classic, creators David Wain and Michael Showalter got the greenlight from Netflix to make a prequel series which is set weeks before the events of the film. The cast, which includes huge names like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and more, still play young adults despite actually being middle-aged.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Most prequels suck. They frequently provide unsatisfying answers to lingering questions we never really wanted the answers to in the first place. But Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp emphatically does not suck. In fact, I contend that it’s one of the best prequels ever made, because it deepens the world presented in the original movie and gives surprising, frequently hilarious answers to questions we never even thought to ask the first time around. Read More »
Next year we’ll all get to pay another visit to Camp Firewood. The main talent involved in Wet Hot American Summer is confirmed to return for season two of the Netflix comedy series, titled Wet Hot America Summer: Ten Years Later, but plenty of new characters are expected to appear. Actress Alyssa Milano (Charmed), for example, has just signed on to play a regular in David Wain and Michael Showalter‘s show.
Below, learn more about the Wet Hot American Summer cast for season two.
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Last weekend, the prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp arrived on Netflix, flashing back to a time before the events of the Sundance selected cult favorite comedy, but with the exact same cast playing younger versions of themselves despite having aged almost 25 years.
Well, today a new behind the scenes documentary called Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot American Summer has been released going behind the scenes of Wet Hot American Summer as it was being shot in the year 2000. It’s an hour-long look at the making of the movie with the entire cast appearing on candidly recorded home video, and it looks like a fantastic and entertaining time capsule from the trailer that was just unveiled.
Watch the Wet Hot American Summer documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Summer camp isn’t just about woodland hikes and friendship bracelets. It’s also a place to learn some some valuable life lessons, like the art of negotiating as taught in this very first Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp clip. Lindsay (Elizabeth Banks) strikes a deal with J.J. (Zak Orth), and does so with a no-nonsense steeliness that’d do Jack Donaghy (her former TV husband from 30 Rock) proud.
Watch the first Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp clip after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix is getting you primed for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp with another new promo, this time introducing the camp counselors. Not that they really need any introduction. Back in 2001, the Camp Firewood staff consisted of up-and-coming comedians, but these days they’re much more famous. Heck, one of them has his own goddamn superhero movie opening this weekend.
But we’re not about to complain. Life is long but camp is short, and any extra time we can squeeze in with the Camp Firewood counselors is good with us. Watch the new Wet Hot American Summer camp counselors promo after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Summer is already well underway, but summer camp is just getting started. Netflix has revealed the first full trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode prequel that takes you back to two months before the events of the 2001 movie.
The video brings back a ton of Camp Firewood favorites, such as Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Janeane Garofalo, as well as new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, and more. And then there are some people who fall in between, like H. Jon Benjamin in non-can form, and Michael Showalter as Ronald Reagan. Watch the Wet Hot American Summer prequel trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
The original Wet Hot American Summer was already a throwback, to 1980s camp movies, and now the prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is going even further back into the past. (By about two months, but still.) So it seems only appropriate that the latest Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp trailer would also look like a relic of bygone times.
There’s actual new footage in this promo, featuring all your favorite Camp Firewood counselors like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks. But you almost wouldn’t know it from the fuzzy VHS style. Watch the Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Lots of casting notices, plus fresh plot details and a new spin on an old score. After the jump:
- Gbenga Akinnagbe joins Independence Day 2
- Colman Domingo will Fear the Walking Dead
- Cristine Rose will return for Heroes Reborn
- Wyatt Russell is on board for Goon 2
- Fuller House will give Danny a hot new wife
- Open Season is getting yet another sequel
- Get more details on Netflix’s Wet Hot prequel
- Fox CEO addresses the delayed Avatar sequels
- Thomas Tull gets a chunk of Jurassic World money
- Listen to Michael Giacchino‘s Jurassic World score
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Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix would like you to kick off your Memorial Day weekend with a quick return to Camp Firewood. The streaming service has revealed the first photos from Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, David Wain‘s prequel to his 2001 comedy. Everyone’s back, including Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Christopher Meloni.
Get your Wet Hot American Summer prequel first look after the jump. Read More »
David Wain wants to extend his stay at Camp Firewood. The director of Wet Hot American Summer says he hopes to extend the franchise even beyond the upcoming prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which debuts on Netflix this summer. More about the possibility of more Wet Hot American Summer after the jump. Read More »