Reality Check: Lena Dunham brings reality TV to Archie comics
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EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE. "Girls" creator Lena Dunham will write a four-issue Archie Comics series for next year in which Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang will interact with a TV reality show shooting in Riverdale.
"We sent her a box of tons of Archie books, she devoured them all, and maybe a week or two later came back with her pitch," the publisher's newly announced chief creative officer, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark") told ComicBookResources.com, adding "It's incredibly contemporary. It's a classic Archie story, with a definitely unique, Lena spin, and it's going to be set in Archie continuity."
MY FAVORITE MARTIANS. As billionaire Bas Lansdorp's Mars One project prepares to send colonists to the red planet, Lionsgate TV will shoot the volunteer astronauts' eight-year training program and other proceedings for a reality show, reports Deadline.com.
"This is a social experiment that focuses on the people [who] would sign for something like this . . . one-way mission, knowing that if you go, you can never come back," said producer Roy Bank. The scientific endeavor Mars One has received nearly 300,000 applications since being announced last year, Deadline said.
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