Back in June horror streaming service Shudder announced a movie marathon called The Last Drive-In hosted by Joe Bob Briggs, and horror fans everywhere were elated. So elated, in fact, that Shudder wasn’t prepared for the response. When the 24-ish-hour marathon arrived in July so many people tried to tune in that the streaming service broke down. But all is well. Anyone who missed any or all of the marathon can still watch it to this day, and now some more great new has arrived as a result of it.
Shudder has announced that because of the overwhelming response to The Last Drive-In, Joe Bob Briggs will be back for two holiday specials in the coming months. And not only that, but he’ll also be getting a shiny new ongoing series sometime in 2019. You can find more info on the news below.
Here’s all the details from the press release (via Daily Dead):
After the unprecedented 24-hour event The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs â€œbroke the Internetâ€ in July, Shudder will bring back the iconic horror host for Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, to be titled â€œThe Dinners of Deathâ€ and â€œA Very Joe Bob Christmas.â€ Shudder, AMCâ€™s premium streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror, also announced plans to launch a regular series featuring Joe Bob in 2019.
â€œThe response to our first marathon was overwhelming, and we canâ€™t think of a better gift for our members than to bring Joe Bob back for the holidays,â€ said Shudder GM Craig Engler. â€œWeâ€™ve been hard at work with Joe Bob and his team to make these new marathons unforgettable events, and we have even bigger plans for 2019.â€
Joe Bob Briggs adds, â€œIn November weâ€™re turning Black Friday into Red Thursday with the best deadly-dinner movies in history, and in December we have a very special way to fill that void felt by American households ever since ABC stopped airing the â€˜Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkeyâ€™ Claymation special.â€
This holiday season, set an extra place at the table for Joe Bob: â€œThe Dinners of Deathâ€ is scheduled to air on Thursday, Nov. 22, followed by â€œA Very Joe Bob Christmasâ€ on Friday, Dec. 21. Both marathons will be streamed live and feature films hand-picked by Joe Bob himself, with special guest stars and Joe Bobâ€™s signature brand of Drive-In deep-dives and commentary.
Details for the Joe Bob series will be announced in early 2019. Both the marathons and the series will be produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings.
The Last Drive-In originally streamed live on Shudder on Friday, July 13, and trended nationally on Twitter during its entire 24-run, with celebrities like Stephen King and Jonah Ray tweeting about it. The demand temporarily took down Shudder servers, leading fans of Joe Bob to proudly proclaim that their hero â€œbroke the Internet.â€
Joe Bob Briggs has long showcased the best and worst of shock and schlock cinema as the host of The Movie Channelâ€™s Joe Bobâ€™s Drive-In Theatre and TNTâ€™s MonsterVision. The Last Drive-In is a celebration of exploitation and genre cinema and a return to Joe Bobâ€™s legendary irreverence and wit.
Unfortunately I never saw the shows Joe Bob Briggs is best known for when I was growing up, which really bums me out as a horror fan. In fact, when I found out about The Last Drive-In I only recognized Mr. Briggs as Billy Ray Wetnap from Pest Boys Exterminators in a couple of episodes of Married with Children I’ve seen countless times watching early morning re-runs on TBS.
Because of that I’m grateful to Shudder for giving folks like me a chance to experience something like this that so many others have such fond memories of, even if I’m extremely late to the party.
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