You’d think they’d learn, post-Coupling. Ok, I know, they do have The Office that they can point to, but for every American Office, I can find ten American Coupling’s or Life on Mars, for that matter, just to throw gas on the fire.
Further proof that there are now no new ideas and with history not on their side, just announced during the network Fall upfronts will be an American version of Prime Suspect, the brilliant early 90’s Helen Mirren series that aired on ITV and PBS as part of the Mystery series some years back. Maybe I’m being too hasty in calling this a re-make. I know the series has the same title, but, at closer inspection, Detective Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is now Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) so maybe it’s not really the same show. After looking at the preview clip, it’s definitely not the same show.
While we’re on the ‘why are they re-doing this series‘ front, we’ll leave the British comedy, Free Agents, for tomorrow’s rant. I just can’t bring myself to cover both of these in one day. Seems as though the genius of the original Channel 4 series from the producers of Spaced and Black Books which starred Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Dirk Gently, Episodes ) and Anthony Head (Buffy, Manchild) is getting an American re-make just like its drama cousin, Prime Suspect. Stay tuned…..