Network television in the States is a cruel business at times. Us & Them, a remake of popular British situation comedy Gavin & Stacey, has ‘officially’ been axed before it ever saw the light of day. Cruel, yes. Deserving, maybe. The original commission was for 13 episodes which was, subsequently, downsized to a paltry 6 episodes. It did, however, come as a bit of a surprise when Fox, earlier this summer, disclosed that the network wouldn’t even consider airing the completed episodes of the Sony-produced series. While early reviews were good for the series with leads Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel the ‘goofy supporting cast’, as they were labeled, getting at least a first pass from critics, it just never made it to the Fox lineup this summer.
Official Trailer – US & THEM – FOX BROADCASTING by Flixgr
Critical thumbs up aside and as hard as they try, U.S. producers that try to duplicate British comedy and/or drama are already starting with two strikes against them. Unfortunately, it’s the same way I feel about movie sequels. Gavin & Stacey is another in a long line of quality British telly output that, for good reason, needs to be left alone.