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HBO Max is working on a Johnny Galecki-led ‘National Lampoon’ TV spinoff

We knew Johnny Galecki wouldn’t lose much time to find a new project after the end of The Big Bang Theory. And he’s heading into the same place his co-star, Kaley Cuoco is going: WarnerMedia’s streaming service, HBO Max.

The star, who played Leonard in the beloved sitcom, will produce a National Lampoon franchise spinoff. It’ll be a half-hour, single-camera comedy show called ‘The Griswolds,’ that will follow what happens when the disastrous family gets back home in the suburbs of today’s Chicago after vacation.

The Vacation franchise was based on John Hughes’ short story and was conformed by five main films and one spinoff movie. Galecki will return to the franchise after he was part of the cast of 1989’s Christmas Vacation. Alongside Galecki, Holly Brown, and Tim Hobert executive produce. Hobert also writes the script, he’s written for many successful comedy shows such as The Middle, Community, and Scrubs. The Griswolds falls under Galecki’s overall deal with WarnerMedia through Alcide Bava Productions. He’ll also star in the forthcoming comedy series Bait and Tackle at CBS.

All of the National Lampoon’s Vacation films were produced by Warner Bros. Pictures. It remains to be known if any members of the original cast, such as Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid or Ed Helms will return for the spinoff sitcom, or if HBO Max will give the show an entirely new cast.

The Griswolds is a perfect example of how media conglomerates are making use of their deep library of intellectual properties and production rights to reinforce one of their brands. HBO Max is doing this with many different shows: Adventure Time and Looney Tunes new episodes, and Gossip Girl and Gremlins reboots.

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