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Old 12/12/2005, 1:43 AM
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Default MADtv Inspires CHiPs Casting

Los Angeles, CA (AHN) - “That '70s Show” star Wilmer Valderrama has been cast to play California Highway Patrol officer Frank Poncherello (a.k.a. "Ponch") in the upcoming big-screen remake of the CHiPs TV series.

Warner Bros. casting “Fez” plays into the tongue-in-cheek tone of the redo.

Valderrama hinted at the dream role when he hosted MadTV and did a CHiPs comedy sketch.

Valderrama’s role as “Ponch“ follows in the footsteps Erik Estrada made famous and made him sex symbol from in the late seventies and early eighties.

CHiPs, the popular show about California Highway Patrol officers Ponch and Jon, played by Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox respective, ran from 1977 to 1983.
Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights to the show to add to its long list of TV-turned-movies. It also produced Starsky and Hutch and The Dukes of Hazzard.

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Old 12/20/2005, 1:42 PM
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Ah, just what the American moviegoer needs, another remake

Oh well I'm sure that it will be decent Wilmer is a funny guy, but American box offices need another remake like they need another crappy comic book superhero movie.

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Old 12/27/2005, 4:18 PM
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Ah, just what the American moviegoer needs, another remake

Oh well I'm sure that it will be decent Wilmer is a funny guy, but American box offices need another remake like they need another crappy comic book superhero movie.
I agree, plus CHiPs wasn't even that good of a show in the first place. They are really stretching.

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The American movie companies shouldn't be complaining about the box office slump (if they still are, I don't know). I would like to sit in on a board meeting with them and see how they plan on recovering from the slump. I would like to find out which movie company executive is telling his bosses that American moviegoers need 15 remakes of crappy TV shows a year and I would like to punch him in the throat. I'm patiently awaiting Facts of Life: Reloaded.

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Old 12/27/2005, 4:48 PM
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I'm waiting for MASH and Three's Company personally.
Oh yeah... and What the Hell is CHiPS?

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If they do Threes Company...

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I love that MADTV beat Warner Bros. to the "Ponch" about 3 years earlier!

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