Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At today’s TCA panel on HBO’s new series Girls, executive producer Judd Apatow — also producer of the hit movie Bridesmaids — said there would not be a Bridesmaids 2 until the time is right. “We’re still promoting Bridesmaids 1; when the fog clears, we’ll see if there is an idea worth doing,” he said. “People like to send up projects without thought.” (On Wednesday, Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy said at TCA that there are no plans to move forward with a sequel anyway without co-writer and co-star Kristen Wiig.) Apatow added that the motivation for making a sequel has to be “not just, you know, how much money we could make? That usually leads to Jaws 3D.”
Apatow also addressed the “fuck you” he dropped on Jerry Lewis last night during the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Lewis has been quoted as saying at a 1998 comedy festival that seeing women tell jokes “sets me back a bit,” adding “I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies into the world.” So during Apatow’s acceptance speech for Bridesmaids‘ best comedy win last night, the producer said: “Jerry Lewis once said that he didn’t think women were funny. So I’d just like to say, with all respect, fuck you.” Apatow, known for broad, male-oriented movie comedies including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad and Pineapple Express, said during today’s session that this is a “golden era for talented women in comedy.” Of his own male-oriented movies, he said: “I started with my own genitals, if you will,” but considers women as funny as men.