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'Anchorman 2' trailer: Can Will Ferrell really top the original?

Paul Rudd, left, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell star in "Anchorman 2."
Paul Rudd, left, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell star in "Anchorman 2." (Paramount Pictures)

Nearly a decade after "Anchorman" became a comedy classic, Will Ferrell and his fellow newsmen are about to try to re-create box office magic with a highly anticipated sequel.

But a new trailer for the Dec 20 release, which hit the web Wednesday, raises the question: Can the 2004 original really be topped?

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For years, Paramount Pictures was hesitant to make a sequel to "Anchorman," which grossed a strong $85 million at the box office. In 2011, Ferrell said that he and co-stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner wanted to make a second film, but the studio said it had "run the numbers and it's not a good fit."

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Just a year later, Ferrell unexpectedly arrived on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show in March 2012, dressed as his signature character Ron Burgundy to announce a sequel had finally been green-lighted.

Unlike the first film, famously set in classy San Di-ago, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" sees Burgundy and his fellow anchors travel to New York City to begin working for a national cable news network called -- what else? -- GNN. The trailer features the same kind of over-the-top, quasi-moronic gags seen in the original: The bus the men are on, which inevitably crashes, is filled with bowling balls and scorpions. Burgundy sneezes directly onto a camera lens.

There's even a funeral for Carell's clueless Brick, who is, of course, still alive.

But does it all have the potential to go down in one-liner history, forever to be quoted by frat bros? Paramount better hope so, or it might end up trapped in a glass case of emotion.

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