Bits and Bobs (Vol. 3 ½): Get 'Spaced' out next week
If you’re an anglophile and you’ve seen Spaced, then you’re already obsessed. If you are and you haven’t, then what are you waiting for? You’ll have no excuse come Tuesday when BBC Video finally releases the entire series on DVD, which includes uber-geeky, super-amusing, very informative commentary by Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Diablo Cody, and of course show creators-stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, and director Edgar Wright. I know what you’re thinking: Did they hire a bunch of famous Americans to flaunt the show, just to sell the DVD? No way — these guys (and girl) are actually fans. Plus, there’s a great doc that, as one of my colleagues commented, “treats Spaced like it’s Citizen Kane.” To which I replied, “It’s not?”
In honor of this long-awaited release, Jessica, Simon and Edgar are embarking on a four-city tour full of special screenings, panel sessions, and signings for us fans. In addition, BBC America will be running a marathon and your very own ‘Bits and Bobs’ will have an interview with Simon for your pleasure on Monday morning. So, if you haven’t heard of the show (which is about two twentysomethings pretending to be a couple in order to rent a flat), enjoy this trailer. And don’t worry if my description sounds too romantic comedyish — this show has enough zombie film references to keep anyone interested. (My favorite character: the basement-dwelling artist Brian, played by the great Mark Heap, late of Green Wing, Marple, and Love Soup.) When you’re done, check out the special Spaced edition anglophile calendar after the jump.
Sunday: BBC America will air six back-to-back episodes starting at 3pm ET.
Monday: BBC America will air the entire series beginning at 3amET, but don’t clog up your TiVo just yet — the DVDs are more than worthit. Also, come back to EW.com for Bits and Bobs interview with Simon.If you’re in or around New York, go to the special 3-episode screeningevent at Village East Cinemas at 7pm. Simon, Jessica, and Edgar willbe there for a Q&A with Elvis Mitchell.
Tuesday: The DVD drops! New Yorkers, get to the Union SquareVirgin Megastore between 2 and 4pm for a signing event with Simon,Jessica, and Edgar.
Wednesday: Starting at 12:30pm, Simon, Jessica, and Edgar willbe signing autographs at Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash West inLos Angeles. Then head over to the Arclight Hollywood at 7pm foranother screening, after which Kevin Smith will moderate a Q&A withSimon, Jessica, and Edgar.
Friday: Comic-Con! If you’re in or near San Diego, Simon,Jessica and Edgar have a panel at 12:30 pm in Room 6A. At 10:15pm,they’ll be showing three special episodes picked by fans (go to spacedinvasion.com to vote).
Sunday: The crew will be heading to Austin for a “SpacedNumb-a-Thon”: A screening of all 14 episodes and a Q&A with Simon,Jessica, and Edgar moderation by Harry Knowles at the Alamo DrafthouseRitz. The fun starts at 5pm!
Now get lost in Spaced!