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Problem Child Is Moving Forward At NBC, Get The Details

Are you a parent who just wants to get away from a troublesome child by sitting back and watching a little TV? Well, this news might not sit with you so well, as NBC has announced they’re officially moving forward with Problem Child, a remake of the hit 1990 film. That should keep everyone’s blood pressure at a reasonable level, right?

First landing a script order some months back, Problem Child apparently impressed the powers-that-be enough for them to order a full pilot. I can just see the casting directors now, poring over YouTube videos and looking for that mostly lovably aggravating child that will make this show perfect.

Problem Child’s pilot was written by Scot Armstrong, the guy who had a hand in writing such hit comedies as Old School, Semi-Pro and The Hangover Part II. So that should tell you the kind of humor we can expect from this show, except without all the curse words and debaucherous behavior. One thing is for sure, though: somebody is getting kicked in the balls, and then possibly punched in the face by Mike Tyson.

This new version isn’t revolutionizing the plot central to the feature, and it’ll center on a family in which the parents are constantly being bamboozled by their precocious and inherently evil child. (Okay, maybe he or she won’t be evil exactly, but I’m not into splitting hairs.) The film starred Michael Oliver as the troublemaking Junior, who made life hell for his parents, played by John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck, and everyone else on Earth. Especially that bitch Lucy, who totally had it coming at her party.

According to THR, it’s not clear who the pilot’s director will be, but Armstrong recently directed his own first feature, the comedy Search Party with Alison Brie and T.J. Miller, so it’s possible he will just hog all the jobs on Problem Child. But his work won’t TRULY be done until he brings this man back into this universe.


I can’t be the only one who wants Gilbert Gottfried back.

Problem Child marks the fourth feature film getting a TV pilot this seasons, as it comes after Fox’s Minority Report and CBS’ tag team of Rush Hour and Limitless. And for NBC in general, this is the network’s twelfth comedy pilot ordered. There’s gotta be some gold in that stack, right?

Are you guys excited to see Junior closer to making it back into our lives, or does this sound like an abomination of patience and sanity?

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.