Bill & Tedís
Fox sitcom joins cartoon on
By Brian Donlon - USA
NEW YORK - When Bill & Tedís
Bogus Journey ends its run in theatres, it will be just the beginning of
another excellent adventure.
The cool dudes from San Dimas are
making their way to TV this year, in a Fox sitcom and animated series, both
named after the original 1989 movie, Bill
& Tedís Excellent Adventure.
The Saturday cartoon, which the Fox
Childrenís Network picked up from CBS, begins Sept. 7. Taping for the
midseason sitcom gets under way Aug. 25.
"By the time we get on the air,
the box-office business for Bill & Tedís Bogus Journey should be
ending and there should be an appetite to fill," says Clifton Campbell, the
sitcomís executive producer.
The animated version features the
voices of the movieís stars: Keanu Reeves (Ted), Alex Winter (Bill) and George
Carlin (Rufus). On CBS, the adventures were like the first movie - the
dudes doing history stuff. Story lines were sometimes repetitive.
Foxís cartoon version has Bill and
Ted traveling inside the human body, across space, into literature. Says
FCN President Margaret Loesch, "We have a luxury CBS did not have: We have
The sitcom has signed two largely
unknown actors: Evan Richards (Bill) and Christopher Kennedy (Ted). Comic
Rick Overton plays Rufus, the awesome dude from the future who serves as the duoís
Campbell says the sitcom, too, will put
a twist on where Bill and Tedís traveling phone booth goes. "They
can go back to San Dimas and go through the cable system there and wind up on a
soap opera," Campbell says. "Ted is going to shrink to the size
of a California raisin. We are going to expand on the thought of Bill and
Ted as fish out of water."
Campbell believes that the appeal of Bill
& Ted is bodaciously simple. He chalks it up to their simplicity,
honesty and goodness. And they are fun.
While some bogus TV executives may
argue that Bill & Ted are strictly for young dudes, Campbell
We will have a core audience which has
been described as kids, but it touches the kid in all of us," Campbell
He adds: "My wife has an MBA from
Michigan. She is as gray-flannel as they get. She saw the first
movie and thought it was hysterical. She loved it."