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Netflix has picked up 13 episodes of a cartoon based on the ever-popular Dr. Seuss book, slated for 2018
We’re interested to see how they will turn an 18-page kids’ book into a full-on TV show.
“I do not like them in a box, I do not like them with a fox, I would prefer my green eggs and ham on my Netflix menu, Sam I am!”
Netflix has acquired the rights to produce a 13-episode TV show based on the iconic children’s book Green Eggs and Ham, according to Deadline. Animation and producers Ellen DeGeneres, Jared Stern, Jeff Kleeman, Mike Karz, David Dobkin. The series will also be written by Stern (Wreck it Ralph, The Lego Movie).
An animated series produced by DeGeneres, and featuring the well-known Dr. Seuss tale, will likely be an instant hit. This will be the first Netflix original show specifically geared toward kids.
“This show is going to combine two of my favorite things — Dr. Seuss and binge watching,” DeGeneres said during the announcement on her daytime talk show.
Netflix’s clever announcement of the series reads: “In this richly animated production, a 13-episode introduction, standoffish inventor (Guy, by name) and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame, embark on a cross-country trip that tests the limits of their friendship. As they learn to try new things, they find out what adventure brings. Of course they also get to eat that famous green and tasty treat!”
Celebrate the good news by whipping up your own green eggs and ham with our recipe.
A 'Green Eggs & Ham' Animated Series Is Coming To Netflix & It Sounds SO Good
It may have taken years to actually happen, but the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham is coming to Netflix in the fall in the form of an animated 13-episode series, according to The AV Club, and the premise sounds super intriguing. That's because executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and creator Jared Stern (the screenwriter behind The Lego Batman Movie) have deep-dived into the delightful children's book to flesh out over a dozen adventure-filled episodes, featuring a variety of new characters voiced by celebrities including Tracy Morgan, Diane Keaton, and Michael Douglas.
Netflix shared a brief teaser trailer on YouTube Tuesday, though it didn't actually offer up much in the way of details. According to the Netflix synopsis though, the series will have a much more complicated plot than original story, which essentially just involved a very persistent Sam-I-Am attempting to convince the unnamed protagonist to just try the green eggs and ham already.
For one, that protagonist actually has a name in the Netflix version — he's Guy Am I, according to The AV Club, and he'll be voiced by Michael Douglas. In the series, Guy is a failed inventor down on his luck, who "packs up his invention in a briefcase and resigns to give up on his dreams and become a paint watcher," before a chance meeting with Sam, voiced by actor Adam Devine, changes everything.
The trouble ultimately occurs when Sam and Guy unknowingly switch briefcases — a very concerning problem, given that Sam had previously "[rescued] the rare Chickeraffe from the Glurfsburg Zoo" and hidden it in his briefcase in an attempt to return it to its original island home via "cold air balloon."
Making things even more complicated? As the duo presumably attempt to sort out the mishap, Sam and Guy meet Michellee, who sparks a love connection with Guy, and her daughter, EB, who desperately wants to keep the Chickeraffe as a pet. They also have to contend with "a bounty hunter goat, two bad guys, and a villain," all of whom also appear to want to lay claim to the exotic animal.
On Tuesday's episode of her show, DeGeneres spoke about the upcoming series with Keaton, who provides the voice for Michellee, according to IMDB, and the two discussed the long road to making the Netflix show actually happen. The streaming giant first picked up the show in 2015, according to Deadline, and at the time it was estimated to be the "most expensive animated program ever produced for television."
But addition to a lengthy, three-year production schedule, DeGeneres explained that it was a struggle just to get the rights to create the series. In the end though, it sounds like it'll all be worth it: DeGeneres said on her show, "we've been working on this for four years. It's an animation that no one has done before, it's very, very cool."
Though the creation of the show itself already seemed to take longer than expected — according to Deadline, the series was originally anticipated to premiere in May 2018 — it makes sense that the team behind Green Eggs and Ham would want to take its time.
Though there have already been a number of great Dr. Seuss adaptations in recent years, like The Lorax, and the various incarnations of The Grinch, fans on social media seemed a bit hesitant about the notion of bringing Green Eggs and Ham to the small screen as a series — especially as it's a big departure from the original story:
TV News Wrap Up: Netflix Orders 'Green Eggs and Ham', 'Heroes Reborn' Casting & More
Netflix is adapting 'Green Eggs and Ham' Angela Bassett returns for 'American Horror Story: Hotel' 'Heroes Reborn' casting and more!
This Week in TV:
Netflix orders a Green Eggs and Ham series Angela Bassett returns for American Horror Story: Hotel Heroes Rebornadds two more cast members original X-Files writers James Wong and Glen Morgan sign on for the miniseries revival and Showtime announces Homeland season 5 will shoot entirely on location in Germany.
Netflix announced it has ordered 13 episodes of Green Eggs and Ham, based on the classic children's book by Dr. Seuss.
Executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the animated series will follow a standoffish inventor and the character of Sam-I-Am on a cross country trip that ultimately tests their friendship as they learn to try new things. The story will be adapted for television by The Internship (2013) and Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) scribe Jared Stern.
DeGeneres shared the news with viewers of her daytime talk show, saying:
"It's going to be cutting-edge animation that's never been done on television before. It's very, very cool. It's going to be streamed all over the world, and I'm excited about it."
Stay tuned for more details on Netflix's Green Eggs and Ham.
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that Angela Bassett is returning for the FX anthology series' fifth season, American Horror Story: Hotel.
Like he has with other casting announcements in recent weeks, Murphy spread the news to his Twitter followers, and included a little tease about Bassett's season 5 character.
In October, Angela Bassett will be making lots of trouble with Lady Gaga in the ballroom and elsewhere. #ahshotel
In AHS: Hotel, Bassett joins returning series veterans Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley and Sarah Paulson, as well as AHS newcomers Matt Bomer (White Collar) and Lady Gaga (Machete Kills). It's not clear whether Bassett's character will be a regular or recurring player, but apparently, she will be very involved - and possibly at odds - with Lady Gaga's character in the upcoming season.
American Horror Story: Hotel is set to premiere on FX this October.
The NBC event series Heroes Reborn added Francesca Eastwood (Jersey Boys) and Pruitt Taylor Vince (True Blood) to its cast.
Details on the two newcomers' characters are currently being kept under wraps, but we do know they will be appearing in the 13-episode Heroes follow-up miniseries in recurring roles. At this point in her young acting career, Eastwood is perhaps best known as a star of the E! reality series Mrs. Eastwood & Company (and for being the daughter of actor/director Clint Eastwood), while Vince - a recognizable character actor - was seen most recently as Dr. Finn in the sixth season of HBO's True Blood.
The two join a talented ensemble that includes returning stars Jack Coleman, Masi Oka and Jimmy Jean-Louis along with a new set of characters to the Heroes universe portrayed by Zachary Levi (Chuck), Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), Ryan Guzman (Step Up: All In), Judith Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II), Danika Yarosh (Shameless), Rya Kihlstedt (Dexter) and Gatlin Green.
Heroes Reborn is expected to premiere on NBC this fall.
Original X-Files writers/producers James Wong and Glen Morgan have signed on for FOX's upcoming six-episode X-Files revival miniseries.
The two celebrated X-Files alums are each set to write and direct one episode of the six that will bring Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) back to network television. While story details on the anticipated continuation series are still scarce, Wong and Morgan's involvement should give fans hope for a solid follow-up that was worth the wait. Unfortunately, one original X-Files writer who confirmed he will not return is none other than Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who is now the uber-busy co-creator of AMC's Better Call Saul and CBS's Battle Creek.
Along with Wong, Morgan, Duchovny, Anderson and X-Files creator Chris Carter, Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis are returning as Walter Skinner and the Cigarette-Smoking Man, respectively.
The X-Files limited series is set to begin filming this summer. We expect to see it premiere on FOX in 2016.
Showtime announced that Homeland season 5 will shoot all 12 of its episodes on location in Germany.
With production on season 5 scheduled to begin in June and continue throughout the summer, Homeland will become the first American television series to shoot an entire season in Germany. The new season - which will film at the famed Studio Babelsberg in Berlin - will pick up two and a half years after the events of season 4's finale with Carrie (Claire Danes) working for a private security firm.
After what many critics considered to be a successful reinvention of itself in season 4, Homeland appears to be challenging its audience once again by entering some new terrain - not just geographically, but also narratively - as Carrie finds herself overseas living in self-imposed exile from the CIA. We'll certainly be interested to see how things play out when the drama returns.
Homeland season 5 will premiere this fall on Showtime.
The 'Green Eggs and Ham' Netflix Series Is Finally Happening
Netflix just released a 15-second promo for the Ellen Degeneres-produced Green Eggs and Ham series𠅊nd it’s about time.
The 13-episode animated series, which was first announced way back in 2015, will feature an extremely star-studded cast: Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas, Tracy Morgan, Adam DeVine, Eddie Izzard, Ilana Glazer, Daveed Diggs, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jillian Bell will voice characters.
You may be wondering exactly how Netflix is planning to stretch the story into 13 episodes. According to The A.V. Club, they’ve beefed up the plot a bit.
The series will follow Sam-I-Am (Adam Devine) and Guy-I-Am (Michael Douglas) on the crazy adventure that ensues following a briefcase mix-up. Described as a “postmodern Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, the plot includes a rare animal called a Chickeraffe, a bounty hunter goat, and a whimsical town called Meepville. Here’s what Netflix’ summary doesn’t mention: green eggs and freakin’ ham.
Look, it’s not that we’re not excited to learn about Chickeraffes and the people of Meepville. But here’s to hoping that the series stays true to the source material and answers the important questions: Would he like them in a box? What about with a fox? If nothing else, the whole house/mouse situation must be addressed.
Netflix To Stream ‘Green Eggs And Ham’ Series In 2018 Producer Ellen DeGeneres Says Dr. Seuss Animation Is ‘Cutting Edge’
Ellen DeGeneres will serve as the producer for the upcoming series, which will be adapted from the classic tale first published in 1960. Since it's release, the copy has sold about 200 million copies, according to ABC.
“I am producing a brand-new series based on the Dr. Seuss book that will be available exclusively on Netflix,” the comedian revealed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “The show will combine two of my favorite things: Dr. Seuss and binge-watching.”
Although the series will take three years to make (production will begin in May) becaused of the advanced animation techniques, DeGeneres promised that viewers will want to gobble up every bit of the storyline.
The animated series will center around a “standoffish inventor” named Guy and his partner Sam-I-Am on their cross-country journey of worldwide fame. The road trip will inevitably test their friendship as they embark on adventures together.
“We’re making 13 episodes,” the “Finding Nemo” star, who hasn’t confirmed if she will be lending her voice to the series, said. “It will be fun for the whole family. It’s not coming out till 2018, but I thought I would give you a rhyme to help you remember: You can watch it with a fox, you can watch it on the rocks, or you can watch it without socks. I’m going to leave the rhyming to Dr. Seuss.”
Cindy Holland, Netflix vp of original content, even joined in on the rhyming fun following the exciting announcement of the animated series.
"We think this will be a hit. ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is a perfect fit for our growing slate of amazing stories available exclusively in all Netflix territories," Holland said. "You can stream it on a phone. You can stream it on your own. You can stream it on TV. You can stream it globally."
DeGeneres added that the series, expected to be the most expensive animated program produced for television, will be “cutting-edge,” considering nothing like this have ever “been done on television before.”
“It’s very, very cool. I’m excited about it,” the TV star gushed.
Are you excited for "Green Eggs and Ham" to be adapted? What Dr. Seuss novel would you love to see animated? Sound off in the comments section below.
26 Fast and Furious Animated Series
Fast fam should rejoice, as the over-the-top action franchise is coming to the small screen. The Fast and Furious animated series is coming to Netflix courtesy of their deal with Dreamworks Animation Studios.
The show will follow Tony Toretto, who — like his big-screen cousin Dom — becomes entangled in the world of international crime and car-centric action.
The project even has film series producers on board, including Vin Diesel himself.
Dreamworks is at the top of its game lately, with shows Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender being big hits on Netflix. Hopefully Fast and Furious will join their ranks as another source of family-friendly action.
Netflix and Warners Will Serve Up ‘Green Eggs and Ham’
One of the most beloved Dr. Seuss titles is coming to Netflix in what, according to some media sources, is anticipated to be the most expensive animated series ever produced by an American studio.
Warner Bros. Animation, in its first partnership with Netflix, will begin production on 13 episodes of Green Eggs and Ham in May for a 2018 premiere. Deadline speculates that the series may cost $5-6 million per episode, which equates to up to $72 million for the entire series—or $1.5 million for every word in the original book. If Deadline’s unconfirmed report is accurate, the cost would be unprecedented for a TV animation series that’s not The Simpsons.
Seuss’s widow, Audrey Geisel, who is in charge of Seuss’s estate and is on the record as saying that the 2003 Cat in the Hat movie would have made Seuss turn in his grave, has given the new project her blessing.
The series will be written by Jared Stern, who provided material for Wreck-It Ralph and The Princess and the Frog and is credited with having contributed the story for The Lego Movie Sequel. Stern is also executive producer alongside Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Mike Karz, and David Dobkin.
DeGeneres announced the news on Ellen this week.
According to Variety, the deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. took more than a year to figure out due to a lack of an existing deal template between the two companies. Because Netflix wants to make the show available to its customers in the 50+ countries it operates, Warner Bros. will relinquish its international distribution rights, which can be a lucractive profit area for TV producers. Netflix, however, offers a substantial licensing fee upfront to producers, which could serve as an explanation for why the show’s budget is so inflated.
The Ellen announcement was followed by a Netflix press release composed in Seussian rhyme (though in unSeussianly awkward meter):
Issued from Netflix headquarters.
Delivered straight to all reporters.
We’d love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham will become a show
and you’re among the first to know.
In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat
that famous green and tasty treat!
Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix
threw her quote into the mix:
“We think this will be a hit
Green Eggs and Ham is a perfect fit
for our growing slate of amazing stories
available exclusively in all Netflix territories.
You can stream it on a phone.
You can stream it on your own.
You can stream it on TV.
You can stream it globally.”
Ellen DeGeneres came out a second time
On the same day as her interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen DeGeneres came out all over again, this time on Ellen. In an episode featuring guest star Laura Dern, her character, Ellen Morgan came out as gay, hilariously blurting out the revelation into the microphone of an airport loudspeaker, causing confused looks from passengers in the terminal.
The episode, which also featured Oprah Winfrey in the role of therapist to DeGeneres' character, was treated like an event. According to Associated Press, ABC charged increased advertising rates for the broadcast, which drew an impressive — but hardly record-setting — 42 million viewers. Still, the episode was a momentous moment in television history. While there had been gay characters on television before, this marked the first time a series' star and the character that star portrayed had come out as openly gay.
In 2017, DeGeneres reunited with Winfrey and Dern on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the episode. "For those words to come out of my mouth for the very first time, to say 'I'm gay,' even rehearsing it, I would burst into tears every single time," recalled DeGeneres, adding that "it really was a charged moment."
1) Horton Hears a Who
It was already made into a 2008 feature film starring Carrey and Steve Carell, but a new series could expand into their world, their politics, and even the Mayor of Whoville’s family life. (Things must get kooky with 96 daughters and a son named JoJo.) Now safe, they can get back to some sense of normalcy while the jungle’s animals seek to protect them—and can make a few cameos.
A person’s a person, no matter how small (a part they may play in Whoville).
Netflix Serving Up New ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Animated Series
Take a first look at the Warner Bros. Animation series, based on Dr. Seuss’s iconic children’s book, which debuts November 8.
Breakfast will soon be served! Netflix has just announced that their new series, Green Eggs and Ham, from Warner Bros. Animation, will debut November 8. Adapted from the classic Dr. Seuss children’s book, the 13-episode series stars Adam Devine, Michael Douglas, Ilana Glazer, Diane Keaton, Keegan-Michael Key, Eddie Izzard, Jeffrey Wright, Jillian Bell, John Turturro, Tracy Morgan and Daveed Diggs
The story of Green Eggs and Ham is like a postmodern Planes, Trains and Automobiles through the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Sam rescues the rare Chickeraffe from the Glurfsburg Zoo, hides it in a briefcase, and attempts to make his way to Meepville where he can charter a cold air balloon to take the Chickeraffe to his island home.
Guy just flopped his last big chance at being a world-famous inventor for the industrial Snerz Co. He packs up his invention in a briefcase and resigns to give up on his dreams and become a paint watcher. A chance meeting at a diner with Sam, and a switch up with the briefcases results in these two unlikely souls getting mixed up on an adventure that takes them on a journey of self-discovery.
Our two mismatched heroes cross paths with overprotective Michellee, whose daughter, EB, desperately wants a pet, and falls madly in love with the Chickeraffe… despite her mother’s fears that it will eat off her face (it won’t). Michellee’s walled up heart also connects with the heart-hardened Guy. And a laborious love story begins.
Our fakakta foursome are also unknowingly pursued by a bounty hunter goat, two bad guys, and a villain who’s out to get the Chickeraffee as his ultimate trophy.
The show is created by Jared Stern and executive produced by Stern, Ellen DeGeneres, Sam Register, Mike Karz, David Dobkin and Jeff Kleeman. Helen Kalafatic serves as producer.