NBC wanted Britney Spears on ‘Freaks and Geeks’
“Freaks and Geeks” almost had a very random guest star.
“One of the things was that [NBC] really wanted us to try and write Britney Spears into this,” the show’s creator, Paul Feig, revealed at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary” on Saturday.
The cult classic TV show, which followed a group of misfits at a Michigan high school in the 1980s, ran for one season between 1999-2000.
“They were like, ‘She’s really popular now, maybe she could play a waitress or something,’” Feig said.
The A&E documentary shows how Feig and executive producer Judd Apatow fought the network to let them tell real stories of high school students during a time when sitcoms ruled the airwaves.
“Freaks and Geeks” launched the careers of James Franco, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Martin Starr, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley and many more.
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