George Clooney to Produce Movie About Controversial 1960s TV Show

Dec 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov will produce a feature film about the controversial 1960s CBS musical-comedy-variety show "The Smothers Brothers Hour," reports TheWrap.com.

Smokehouse Pictures will team with Sony to adapt David Bianculli’s 2009 book centered on the comedy team of Tommy Smothers and Dick Smothers, "Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."

On his blog, TV Worth Watching, the author confirmed the project. Bianculli also offered his choice of an actor to play Tommy Smothers: Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris.

Bianculli wrote on his site: "First, I’m thrilled on behalf of Tom and Dick, whose story deserves to be told and retold, and whose efforts to inject topicality into scripted TV comedy in the 1960s led very directly to the sort of thing Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher are doing today. But I’m also thrilled because, when the book was still in galleys and I was asked by the film-division agent at my literacy agency to name my dream filmmaker for a Smothers Brothers movie, I said two words. One was George. The other was Clooney."

Two writers have been assigned to adapting the book: Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman. The pair are currently collaborating on "Atari," a biography of Nolan Bushnell, the video game company’s founder.


  1. More liberal drivel. The movie documentary Smothered already told the story. Well-done and made its compelling point and then moved on. Clooney is brilliant in the Decendants but should quit making retelling favorites myths of the 50s and 60s.

  2. So, what then? Every story that’s been the subject of a documentary shouldn’t be dramatized? It’s a great story with a ton good comedic elements involved. And I completely agree with Bianculli: Neil Patrick Harris would be perfect as Tommy Smothers. There’s a couple of people out there who could play Dick Smothers (seriously – did his parents not really want kids when they had him and decide to punish him with a name that had to be responsible for at LEAST one ass-kicking as a kid?). I think it’ll be entertaining, regardless of anyone’s personal political slant.

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