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Netflix Is Returning To Camp Firewood In ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’

At the end of the “first date litmus test,” the characters of Wet Hot American Summer, a who’s who of eventual famous people including Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, and Elizabeth Banks, promise that in “10 years from today, we’ll meet again, and we’ll see what kind of people we’ve blossomed into.” They agree on reuniting at 9:30 a.m., not 9, because “we’ll all be in our late 20s by then, I just don’t see any reason why we can’t be places on time.” It’s good timing — Michael Ian Black’s McKinley has something at 11 a.m. that he can’t change.

I assume he’s referring to the premiere of Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, a sequel of sorts to last year’s quietly excellent Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Netflix announced today that Michael Showalter and David Wain will write “eight all-new 30-minute episodes,” set a decade after the film. No casting information is currently available — I’m sure Christopher Meloni would happily go back to humping fridges, and Janeane Garofalo, looking for the “f*cking phone” — but the series will premiere in 2017.

There’s no such thing as #TooMuchTV when a movie that made under $300,000 at the box office in its brief initial run can be turned into a TV series where Paul Rudd jumps off a motorcycle, and then get another season that takes place after the wildly unsuccessful film. Someone’s looking after us out there, and his name’s Can of Mixed Vegetables.

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