April 14, 2002 - NY Post: Returned Volunteer character in new Fox TV Show

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By Admin1 (admin) on Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 2:25 pm: Edit Post

Returned Volunteer character in new Fox TV Show

Read and comment on this story from the New York Post on a new tv series coming to Fox that includes a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer as one of the main characters. The part is played by Hamish Linklater (shown in the photo above) best known for his role as Dr. Bruce Cherry on Gideon's Crossing. James Cann will play the RPCV's conservative stepfather in a plot evocative of "All in the Family."

Anybody have any suggestions on what a tv show about a Returned Volunteer should be called - post it below.

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April 13, 2002 -- JAMES Caan is going from "The Godfather" to the stepfather - with a smile on his face.

The tough-guy actor, who played mobster Sonny Corleone in the classic Mafia movie, has inked a deal with Fox to star in a sitcom pilot, according to a report in Variety.

Caan, 62, (shown in the photo above) will play a conservative stepfather clashing with his liberal stepson - who's just returned from a stint in the Peace Corps (shades of the CBS classic "All in the Family").

The show marks Caan's first entry into series television. Hamish Linklater ("Gideon's Crossing") is scheduled to play the stepson, with Mary Birdsong - from Comedy Central's "Daily Show" - playing his sister. Caan's wife in the series has yet to be cast, according to Variety.

Besides "The Godfather," Caan's movie roles have included a stranded fiction writer menaced by Kathy Bates in "Misery," the memorable ABC TV movie "Brian's Song," "Mickey Blue Eyes," "Honeymoon in Vegas" and "Alien Nation."

Caan's next big-screen role is in "Dogville," starring Nicole Kidman.

The creative force behind the Caan comedy pilot is Eric Gilliland, who was an executive producer and writer on ABC's "Roseanne" and helped produce the series "That's Life," "That '70s Show" and "Welcome to New York."-

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By Terry Adcock on Monday, April 15, 2002 - 2:03 am: Edit Post

If Hamish Linklater plays a dufus Alan Colmes as a foil to Caan's rendition of sociopath Sean Hannity, thank you, I'm not interested. It will just be another Rupert Murdoch low-class offering, shamefully misusing high-class actors for Murdoch's slimey purposes.

Give me Ally Mcbeal. At least there is no so-called "RPCV character" to act dumb and degrade the Peace Corps ideals.

Why don't they call it "Rupert vs the Peace Corps" (a la "Joe vs the Volcano")? That will guarantee a minimal audience.

By Alyssa Nelson (alyssanelson) on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 3:43 am: Edit Post

Lost in the Supermarket

By tj on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 7:25 am: Edit Post

I'm Back
The Return
Running water
Blue Marble
Sam (the rpcv's name)
Real Money
The Divide
My Pop/Son
The Service
Two years gone
Tea for Breakfast

By Chrissy on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 8:56 am: Edit Post

How I Became One with my Colon

By Pilar Oberwetter on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 9:38 am: Edit Post

Looking for Home

Away from Home

Learning You

By bettylouise1 on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 9:50 am: Edit Post

I love ..."Lost in the Supermarket"

By Rich Allen on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 9:59 am: Edit Post

Post Corps

By HARLAN GREEN, TURKEY V on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 10:10 am: Edit Post


By Roger Anderson on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 10:13 am: Edit Post

"Far Side of Paradise"

By Dan Finan on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 10:15 am: Edit Post

Third Goal

By Michael Aumack on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 10:16 am: Edit Post

Turd Ferguson

By Frederick J. Maloney (frederico) on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:29 am: Edit Post

Out of Place-Out of Mind

Comes to my mind, if the sitcom writers were former PCV'S the show could be enlightening, instead of the usual pablem on the tube.

By Bill Duncan on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:33 am: Edit Post

Another Piece of Crap from Fox!

By DonutsES on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:36 am: Edit Post

Peace Corpse!

By Howard Einbinder on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:49 am: Edit Post

I suggest the title for the new FOX TV show to be "The Corpsman".

By Adryan Russ on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 12:06 pm: Edit Post

Suggested titles:



By Rstevens on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 2:37 pm: Edit Post

Culture Shlock

Back in the US of A

By Elisabeth on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:06 pm: Edit Post

The Toughest Show You'll Ever Love

The Brood Adventure

By Kacy Crowley on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 1:29 am: Edit Post

My Life with Bugs

By Jose Rizal on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

How about, "Not all RPCV's are white"

By Fristad on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:58 am: Edit Post

Gonna' eat that?

Mefloquin dreams

By JN on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:35 am: Edit Post

The Murdoch Connection:

Secret Government Efforts to Recruit
Peace Corps Volunteers

By Steph on Friday, April 19, 2002 - 11:19 am: Edit Post

"Cultural Barriers"

"Reverse Culture Shock"

"The Peace Files"

"The Longest Vacation You'll Ever Hate"

"The Lone Peacemaker"

"Man Without a Gun"

By jkflmni on Saturday, April 20, 2002 - 6:06 am: Edit Post

I love the Peace Corpse - everyone calls it that anyhow!

By RichardHumble on Sunday, April 21, 2002 - 11:30 am: Edit Post

For all you crybabies out there, SHUT UP!
Give Peace a Chance, Jeez! I did my service from 1978-1980, inclusive, and it changed MY life. Three years of some of the most challenging situations and events that I truely relish, even to this day, 25 years later. Directionless, headed for rehab, I became a teacher back here and have loved it. Straightened me completely out. If Fox wants to explore possibilities(which is just exactly what you wanted to do when you chose the Corps), at least give them a chance. I, too, am skeptical, but I urge all of you to consider the positive potentials. How long did it take TV-Land to create and produce a credible rendition of "Lord of the Rings"? Stop and consider. If it turns putrid, we all can justifiably complain, and redisplay "Power to the People" They will take it off the air. But don't condemn what you don't know. That's just, plain STUPID. Hopefully you really did learn something during your two years of grace, other than how to be irritatingly parochial.

By Michael Scanlon on Monday, April 22, 2002 - 3:16 pm: Edit Post

How about "Bringin' It All Back Home" - that used to be a slogan of the National Council of RPCV's. Works for me.

By Lisa Consani Burrowes (lisute) on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 12:07 pm: Edit Post

How about these:

"One Small World"
"The Universal Citizen"
"Back to UnReality"
"Now I have to pay for travel"
"Two Years on the Government"
"How I Spent Your Tax Dollars"
"Bringin' It All Home"

By weebs on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 1:15 pm: Edit Post

sounds fun... suggested titles

i really like

You gonna eat that and
mefloquine dreams or
how I spent your tax dollars
but to be serious....

I have to work to get paid?
The toughest job you never did
damn, we are a rich country!

By sam on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 1:18 pm: Edit Post

The cultural divide

By Stephanie on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 1:24 pm: Edit Post

Read One Too Many Russian Novels

By MJ Woland on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 1:57 pm: Edit Post

Pieces from the Core
Home Corps

By Karen Evette on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 2:12 pm: Edit Post

Joining the Peace Corps after spending years working in the film industry, I'm excited to see that there is an attempt to explore and promote volunteerism in any way possible even though the motivation behind it is about money...it may not last but at least it's a try...I think it might be interesting to get an idea of the adjustment and realizations of returning home and getting to know friends and family again and vice versa...my idea for a title:
Relative Strangers

By jotek on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 4:10 pm: Edit Post

Cool! Now who is going to tape the show, put it into Divx or some other movie format, and post it online so those of us who are serving can watch it..... :)
What about "Where's my Distiller?"

By steve on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 8:49 pm: Edit Post

Somebody Ask

By hoochiecoochie mamma on Thursday, May 02, 2002 - 11:30 pm: Edit Post

aggies are easy

By ChoCho Man on Saturday, May 04, 2002 - 11:25 pm: Edit Post

The toughest job you'll ever love equals The longest Vacation I've ever taken!!!!!

By M. Grevson on Tuesday, May 07, 2002 - 5:21 pm: Edit Post

"The Strangest People You'll ever meet"
"Out from under the Mosquito Net"
"It takes a Village, . . . and a Volunteer, . . . "
"Back in the 1st World"
"A Foreigner at Home"
"The Not-so-Different World"

"No more Deferred Student Loans"
"10 uses for DDT"
"AIDS Corps"
"Can I Drink the water?"
"Return to the Real World"

By nancy heinrich on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 7:20 pm: Edit Post

"Relative Strangers" hits the readjustment nail on the head. If portrayed accurately, this would be an excellent recurring theme.

"Post Corps" is very good also.

By TV time on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 5:14 am: Edit Post

"What Am I Doing Here?"

By Gary Geoghegan (garygeo) on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 6:42 am: Edit Post

Heart of Brightness

By Dim Sum on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 11:46 am: Edit Post

Gas Man, Adventures in Indigestion

Who caught Giardia?

Pass the Pepto

Return to Anonimity

Too many brands of toothpaste, the horror, the horror.

Sleeping in a Bed again, or My adventures with backpain.

By Jean Allison on Tuesday, July 02, 2002 - 10:56 am: Edit Post

I think the actors of the show as well as the writers should visit a few PCV posts around the world, like say for example, a no running-water, only onions, tomatoes and garlic at the twice a week market in your village - type - post. I would hate to see this be a mockery!

By Andrea Johnson on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 10:52 am: Edit Post

I like "Return to Anonymity"

How about :
The Other Side of the Fishbowl

The Kind War

It's Alright Ma' I'm Only Bleeding (Dylan)

Got Worms?

Diverse Tongues

Sex in the Country (Sexy Host Country Nat')

The Storytellin' Corps

Sewing the Seeds of Love

By BUD on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 5:35 pm: Edit Post


By Eric on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 3:43 am: Edit Post


By garyzimny on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 10:58 pm: Edit Post

I can't see this being anything but a mockery and a farce. There are, however, hundreds of thousands of folk who wouldn't even notice. I'd hate it, but any PR is good PR (thank you Mark Cuban). Likely it would only demean Peace Corps, but it wouldn't hurt recruiting.

By Holden ( on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 2:03 pm: Edit Post

welcome back #219-13-9602

By Holden ( on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 2:10 pm: Edit Post

welcome back #219-13-9602

By Ukraine PCV (ukrnet-harmony.ukr.net - on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 7:11 am: Edit Post

Ideals Gone Bye
2 Years In Service and All I Got Was This T-Shirt
In A Liberal, Out Confused
Listen To Me Because I Am Good
What a Waste
Hey Brother Can You Spare A Job?
Now What?

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