Groundhog Day TV Show in the Works, Says Stephen Tobolowsky –

Posted: July 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm

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InGroundhog Day, which just might beBill Murrays best movie, jaded weatherman Phil Connors is stuck in a time loop in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day until he can become a better, more enlightened person and turn his life around by finally moving it forward. Now, it sounds like that idea is about to loop back again on all of us, proving once and for all humanity hasnt quite reached the level of enlightenment it needs to yet. According to actor/national treasure Stephen Tobolowsky on the Production Meeting Podcast, aGroundhog DayTV series is in the works.

Tobolowsky didnt reveal any plot, story, or structure details (hey, weve proven time loops work in TV onRussian Doll, why cant they work here too?), but the man who iconically played Needlenose Ned Ryerson in the original film charmingly spilled the beans on how casually he himself found out about the project.

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Theres talk about a Groundhog Day series in the works. One of the producers I was working on The Goldbergs or Schooled, one of those shows over on the Sony lot, and one of them saw me and goes, Oh, Stephen! Stephen! Were working on a Groundhog Day TV show. Could you be Ned for the TV show? I go, Sure. Yeah. No problem But its Ned thirty years later. What has his life become?

I am not going to lie: The idea of a Tobolowsky/Ned-centered take where he comes to terms with his identity post-Phil encounter tickles me to no end. Plus: We would actually get to find out which of Phils many groundhog days stuck as the main continuity, as that would be where this shows timeline would kick off (I imagine). Beyond his work in the aforementionedThe GoldbergsandSchooled, Tobolowsky is kicking ass in his regularly occurring showOne Day at a Time, and I would love to see him get more and more leading TV work. Final question for yall: Whats the over-under on Murray ever appearing?

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