Freaks forever. More than 14 years ago, Seth Rogen starred in the beloved, albeit short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks alongside Linda Cardellini, James Franco, John Francis Daley, Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, and Samm Levine, among others.
Though the Judd Apatow-produced series lasted just one season, Freaks and Geeks still boasts a cult following and a bevy of bitter fans who wish the show had seen a longer life.
Rogen himself came face-to-face with the person responsible for the end of the series this past weekend, tweeting on Sunday, Oct. 12, “Last night I was in a room with the dude who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. And yes, I did totally call him out on it.”
The Interview star, 32, later spoke about the interaction with the man who had such an effect on his early career on HuffPost Live on Monday, Oct. 13.
“I was at Saturday Night Live, just backstage because Bill Hader is hilarious and I wanted to go watch it with my wife,” Rogen explained. “I overheard someone say the name of the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. I know his name obviously because we’ve talked about how stupid he is for the last 15 years. As soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh my god, man, it’s you!’ Paul Rudd was there — I was like, ‘This is the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks!’ And he was like, ‘You’re the guy! Wow, that’s crazy. What’s that feel like?'”
Freaks and Geeks ran for a total of 18 episodes on NBC, airing from September 1999 to July 2000. The critically acclaimed program told the story of a group of high schoolers living in Michigan and navigating the tragedies of teenage life. The series was cancelled mid-season.
“He oddly tried to justify it,” Rogen continued of the unnamed TV honcho. “He was like, ‘You know, Judd [Apatow] wouldn’t listen to my notes.’ I was like, ‘The notes probably were stupid.’ He oddly dug in and kinda tried to justify it… an odd choice.”
“He was like, ‘You know, I kept telling Judd, ‘Give them a victory, give them a victory!'” Rogen added. “I was like, ‘The whole show was about how in high school, you always lose all the time.’ That’s it. He went to a private school and was very rich as a child.”
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