An IT Crowd U.S. remake? Why, grandfather, why?


Well, it has been several weeks since my last rant against U.S. producers trying to re-make British comedy genius. Please don’t insert “But, look at The Office” here. As I’ve said repeatedly, it’s a short list with The Office, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Do Us Part. Not bad for over 40 years of trying.

If I remember right, word surfaced back in 2007 that NBC was considering a U.S. re-make of The IT Crowd. Thankfully, the idea was put on the shelf not long after, but it seems to have reared its ugly head again.

For those that are fans of the original series by the great Graham Linehan (Black Books, Father Ted) here’s a clip from the original pilot that was produced a couple of years ago. Thankfully, like Spaced, someone came to their senses. I think they even acquired the original music, the exact scripts and even cast Richard Ayoade from the British original and it was still shelved before it saw any broadcast time in the U.S.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7XN6Q_qyLo

Anyone make it through all 10 minutes of the clip? On the U.K. front, the fourth season has just ended and a fifth series has been commissioned. Hopefully, this will make its way to public television stations in the U.S. sooner rather than later. Any interest?

  • Diane

    Heck Yeah!!! Honestly, I see more British Comedy programming on KERA/PBS than that other “british” channel.

  • Marmotte

    Why can’t the US movie/tv industry get in their stupid head that remakes hardly work? A remake of an English show to boot? Do they think their viewers so stupid that they cannot understand UK English?

    I’m French Canadian and understand it just fine.

    That show is brilliant. Leave it untarnished, please.

    • @Marmotte: Have no idea why they keep trying, but sadly, I have to believe there is very little creativity coming out of American broadcast television (cable is a different story as evidenced by the likes of Dexter, etc.) so I think it’s easier for them to just re-make something than it is to come up with a new idea. Even if the re-make fails. The great thing is for every fail, it boosts our ability to air the original British version to a wider audience. To your point, I’m not sure much of American broadcast television has ever given the audience credit for possessing the intelligence they have as evidenced by all the lowest common denominator reality shows that exist.

  • Paul

    Cheers was a remake of Faulty Towers. They changed just enough to avoid having to pay out any royalties.

  • Paul

    Cheers was a remake of Faulty Towers. They changed just enough to avoid having to pay out any royalties.