"Before his hit series and movies, HBO introduced Paul Reubens' Pee-wee Herman to a national audience in the Young Comedians series, followed by the groundbreaking 1981 special," said Nancy Geller, HBO's senior vice president of original programming. "It's thrilling to have Paul back on the network, and it will be a blast to return to Pee-wee's Playhouse."
After Pee-wee made his first move to the big screen in Pee-wee's Big Adventure, the childish and effeminate little imp made the jump to network TV with the Emmy-winning TV series Pee-wee's Playhouse. With his bright playhouse and outlandish behavior, Pee-wee became a cultural phenomenon, but then dropped out of site after Paul Reubens' 1991 arrest for indecent exposure.
Hollywood is all about the comeback, however, and Reubens is getting another go of it. He's received raves for The Pee-wee Herman Show, his 90-minute stage show based on the original HBO special and the CBS series. His renewed success in Los Angeles and on Broadway have led to cameos on 30 Rock and Family Guy and a renewed following on social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The HBO special set to air in 2011 will likely star the current Broadway cast, including John Moody (Mailman Mike), Drew Powell (Bear), John Paragon (Jambi), Jesse Garcia (Sergio), Phil LaMarr (Cowboy Curtis), Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne), Lance Roberts (King of Cartoons) and Josh Meyers (Firefighter).
HBO's announcement that they'll shoot The Pee-wee Herman Show after the Broadway run closes on January 2 comes on the heels of the news that Judd Apatow is developing a new Pee-wee road movie written by Reubens and Paul Rust.
SheKnows can imagine Reubens is doing the infamous Pee-wee dance in his dressing room these days and we're ready to join in.