Sometimes a story comes along where a) I immediately know I am obligated to report on it, and b) my brain instantly empties upon hearing it. Just a complete lack of opinion or commentary. Today brings us the news that HBO MAX is launching a Grease spin-off series, to be called Grease: Rydell High, and I find myself wholly incapable of feeling one way or another about it.
Says The Hollywood Reporter:
"The TV series will be produced by Paramount Television, the studio behind Fox's Emmy-winning 2016 one-off Grease: Live. Erik Feig's Picturestart and Temple Hill (Love, Simon) will exec produce. The new take reimagines the original movie and will feature some characters from the original. The series is still set in the 1950s and will feature big musical numbers from the era combined with new original songs. The series will explore the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and life in middle America with a modern sensibility."
Real talk: I'm a fan of the original Grease, but not so much that I'd bother tuning in for a spin-off series. Maybe Grease die-hards are super excited about this? Or the people who get really into TV musicals? Maybe there's a scenario here where they convince John Travolta to appear somehow? I'd probably watch that episode.
We have arrived at the end of this post. I have given the above ten minutes' worth of thought and, still, this is about as engaged as I can get over this news. Perhaps you'll feel differently! Perhaps you're super excited about this (or, better yet, unreasonably angry)! Whatever the case may be, I invite you to share your thoughts and feelings in the comments below.