October 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm #264468
Britain has produced some of the most successful shows, especially comedy, in television history. However, due to their lack of longevity, many American networks have opted to create shows based on the original British shows. A perfect example is “The Office”, which ran for two seasons in Britain, producing 14 episodes, whereas the American version of The Office has been running for 9 seasons and have produced 180 episodes.
I thought it would be interesting to see which shows could be adapted by American networks next, and who would star in them?
One British show that I saw recently was “The Old Guys”, which is about two elderly men who live together. It starred Roger Lloyd-Pack (Only Fools and Horses) and Clive Swift (Keeping Up Appearances). It has recently been cancelled, but I can definetely see it becoming an American show which will serve as a vehicle for two elderly comedians who have begun to fade out of the limelight. Therefore:
“The Old Guys” (Tuesday nights on CBS)
Starring: Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory and Pam Grier
Randy (Cosby) is a retired film producer. Al (Gregory) is a screenwriter. They live together in their home in Malibu, right across the road from the beautiful Liz (Grier), who was a beautiful ingenue in the 70s and 80s, but has now progressed into a widely respected dramatic actress. Both Randy and Al are in love with her, which she can’t see. The whole series is based around Randy and Al complaining about becoming old and their search for love from Liz
Runs for three seasons before being cancelled after the old schtick wears off
One of my favorite British shows is Fawlty Towers. John Cleese is one of my favorite actors. The idea of a Fawlty reboot have been floating around for a long time. Its only a matter of time until it does become rebooted
“Fawlty Towers” (Monday nights on HBO)
Starring: Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Raymond Cruz and Phoebe Cates
Dennis Fawlty (Kline) is the irritable owner of “Fawlty Towers”, a small hotel in Miami. His wife Ellen (Keaton) is a socialite who helps very little in running the hotel. The bain of Dennis’ frustration is Manny (Cruz), the oafish Mexican waiter and bellboy. The only sane member of the staff is Peri (Cates) a waitress, maid and artist.
Not as farcical as the British version, this version deals with some serious issues such as suicide and drug abuse.
The series wins an Emmy for each of its four leads at some point. The series also is nominated for Outstanding Comedy series once (ala Nurse Jackie)
The series ends after 6 six seasons with the final episode showing Fawlty losing his hotel licence and the Hilton family buys the hotel.
Disclaimer: these ideas are not copyright protectedOctober 21, 2012 at 7:36 am #264470
There’s “Keeping Up Appearances” with Patricia Routledge. She plays Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet”) and she tries her best (and hilariously fails) to involve herself and her husband Richard (Clive Swift) to the cultural elite. I could see this show being “Americanized” for the US audience, though not sure who could play the character. DOes anybody else have any ideas?October 21, 2012 at 7:41 am #264471
I wouldn’t be surprised if someone came along and wants to do an americanized Downton Abbey… 😛October 21, 2012 at 9:08 am #264472
There’s “Keeping Up Appearances” with Patricia Routledge. She plays Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet”) and she tries her best (and hilariously fails) to involve herself and her husband Richard (Clive Swift) to the cultural elite. I could see this show being “Americanized” for the US audience, though not sure who could play the character. DOes anybody else have any ideas?
I absolutely loved this show and was going to put it in my introduction!October 22, 2012 at 5:43 am #264473
Keeping Up Appearances and Downton Abbey cannot translate. It just wouldn’t work. How about Judi Dench’s As Time Goes By? Ab Fab has already been done (Cybil), Queer as Folk and Kath and Kim (or is that from Australia?)October 22, 2012 at 7:54 am #264474
I think Keeping Up Appearances could totally translate, in several ways. You have a woman from a family of humble beginnings trying to overcome her still humble family? You could do it in the south (Atlanta would be a great setting), you could do an African-American version, Latina/Hispanic version, Asian-American, Italian-American, New England version. I think the possibilities are endless. I think as long as they take the cue from the original and the family members are shown with love and not mocked, then it could be a success. I think a southern version with Cybil Shepherd could be very funny!
As Time Goes By would be a great showcase for a mature talented actress, maybe Sally Field?