Two New Producers, Lots of New Projects

Published: April 23, 2007

LOS ANGELES, April 22 — Ashton Kutcher is no Merv Griffin, not yet at least.

“I don’t have a hotel,” Mr. Kutcher said last week, referring to the Beverly Hilton, which Mr. Griffin, the former talk-show host and game-show producer, once owned — not to mention hundreds of millions of dollars in other assets.

ED: (My Review, NYT article continues below...) -----> D for dumb and disappointment. Too many stunts, not enough depth so the reactions didn't measure up and the crashers went way over the top. A long lost friend of the groom causes the groom to get arrested for smoking a Cuban cigar. Both the friend and the cop were actors aka "crashers" and the groom knew he was being crashed so this long stunt was basically just for the benefit of the best man who said nothing and was trying to get the long lost friend crasher to shut up. At first the cop was put off by the crasher's attitude but when the friend traded places with the groom, getting in the back of the police car the cop gave a speech about how he never saw such dedicated friendship. When the friend showed up to the wedding late he started flirting with an elderly woman which was kind of mean especially in a show produced by Ashton Kutcher.

A very obnoxious crasher portrayed a waiter and was funny when he ate all the hors d'oevers and cleared the plates while people were still eating but it played more like Tony and Tina's wedding where the "crashers" were the star of the show when it should have been the guests. I think it could have been funnier. One episode of Punk'd has 2 to 3 situations and benefits from Ashton's naturally funny monologues. This show was narrated by the obnoxious waiter who had a very obnoxious voice, it seemed more like a blooper video than staged stunts.

Give him time. For Mr. Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, his partner in Katalyst Films, a burgeoning production company, are two of the busiest television producers in Hollywood. Four years after turning an updated version of “Candid Camera” called “Punk’d” into a hit on MTV, they have shows that are either in development for or will soon appear on four of the five broadcast networks. The first of those shows, “The Real Wedding Crashers,” has its premiere tonight on NBC. Loosely based on the 2005 film “Wedding Crashers,” the new show features improvisational actors who, with the cooperation of the bride and groom, infiltrate a wedding to create chaos and, it is hoped, hilarity. The show is co-produced with New Line Cinema, which owns the rights to the film.

Review of Wedding Crashers by Allesandra Stanley, New York Times

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