With the recent announcement that the UK series Life on Mars will be remade into yet another US show, what are your opinions on so many US shows being remade from UK shows?
It was likely working in 2010.ps. The site linked to isn't working right yet,
I'm not familiar with the AUS TV markets but here in the US some of the backlash to remakes comes from the fact that we usually have access to the original source material in some form or another. The US version of Life On Mars failed after one season and ended up ended up with a series finale that is radically different from the original UK version.I find that international remakes tend to miss what makes the show great.
The Office would be a good example of that. The US version was a resounding success for the network, and is still airing, but compared to the original, even with the episodes that are direct remakes of the original scripts, the humor comes off differently with the original UK cast versus the US cast.That's not to say that you can't create something great, but it won't be the same.
See, that is something I've been saying for a long time! To be frank I think the problem with most US networks is that in order to get the largest amount of people watching, and therefor a larger amount of revenue from advertising, they insist on 'dumbing down' UK shows to appeal to the widest possible US audience. It is the reason why over here in the US they will premiere a new show that attracts 5-million plus viewers and it will still be deemed a failure to be quickly cancelled.I never understand why the Americans can't seem to cope with something being set in Britain without it being like some sort of tourist visit to all the famous landmarks of London while a procession of stereotypes walks by with everyone speaking in over the top accents that are either ridiculously posh or cockney. The English can cope fairly well with American shows coming over the pond and we don't feel the need to remake it with English actors, set it in London (or, say, Northumberland for a bit of a change) and replace all of the shouting and slapstick with subtle irony and dry humour
I added a new poll option; my choices were slanted.Where is the poll option "I prefer the superior American versions" ? Certainly true in the case of Top Gear and The Office.