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The ultimate Reality series: Cult '90s classic set in Houston may be headed to TV

The ultimate Reality series: Cult classic set in Houston headed to TV

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In a scene from Reality Bites set atop the Two Shell Building are from left, Steve Zahn, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofolo and Ethan Hawke. Courtesy photo

Could this be another Friends?

Reality Bites, the cult '90s film that centered around the lives of recent Generation X college grads and was heralded for capturing the essence of the times, may be coming to television. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that NBC is developing the project, with Ben Stiller, who directed the original movie and was one of the stars, and writer Helen Childress, who wrote the script.

Childress, 43, is a graduate of Houston's High School for Performing and Visual Arts.

Like the film, the TV series will be set in Houston and will revolve around recent college graduate Lelaina Pierce "as she struggles to find her way romantically and professionally in the recession-plagued, pre-Internet early 1990s." Lelaina uses her video camera to chronicle the lives of her "slacker" friends with whom she shares an apartment.

Some exteriors of the film were set atop Two Shell Plaza in downtown Houston, Tranquillity Park and Montrose, but the interiors were shot in Los Angeles to save money. The movie starred hot young stars Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, along with Stiller, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn.

No word yet if any portion of the series will be filmed in the Bayou City.

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