"American Pie" helped to launch the careers of stars Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott and Mena Suvari, and when the cast reconvened for "American Pie 2" in 2001, the film's status as a hit sequel seemed guaranteed. Again pushing the bounds of taste and going through various trials with the MPAA ratings board to get an R, Herz's and the Weitz's efforts were similarly seedy and sweet, though not quite as compelling as the original. Claiming even he expected better from his sequel script, Herz agreed to tackle the screenwriting chores on the third instalment, American Wedding (2003) to close the book on the characters.
With feature projects lined up including a modernized retread of the old "Smokey and the Bandit" car chase comedies in development, he was poised to become a sought-after scripter while a $2 million deal with Universal would offer him the chance to direct as well. The summer-aired sitcom "Go Fish" (NBC, 2001) marked his first foray into television. As the series' creator, writer and executive consultant, Herz painted a portrait of Andy 'Fish' Troutner (Kieran Culkin), a lovelorn ninth grader dealing with the perils of high school and his very eccentric parents (Joe Flaherty and Molly Cheek).
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