NBC is developing a Reality Bites half-hour comedy, with Ben Stiller as an executive producer and original screenwriter Helen Childress onboard to write the pilot. [Pause here to fire up the soundtrack; let the bliss of “Stay” wash over you.] According to Variety, the show will pretty much mirror the story of the movie, following Lelaina and her cohorts living in Houston in the early nineties and dealing with both an economic recession and their post-collegiate ennui. Here’s an exciting experience you can try at home: Watch the movie as an adult and realize that you now sympathize way more with Ben Stiller’s character, and every time Ethan Hawke is onscreen it’s like there’s a neon light above his head flashing “I’m bad news.” Ah, maturity.
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