Ever since Hugh Laurie gave up his designation as the most popular Brit on American telly when House ended its eight-year run on Fox this past year, a number of British actors have tried with limited success to crack the American television world. While it has been quite painful over the years to watch repeated efforts to re-create brilliant British comedy and drama on American soil, British actors have fared a great deal better over the years, although none with the popularity of Laurie’s character, Dr. Gregory House. The announcement just this week that two more series are in the works just may change that.
From David Shore, the creator of House…
Steve Coogan, of Alan Partridge fame, is reportedly signed up to star in the upcoming pilot, Doubt, from House creator, David Shore. Coogan will play Vincent in the drama, a former policeman-turned-lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients, while at the same time wrestling with his own demons and trying to win back his ex-wife. Coogan’s character, which is described as “handsome, charming, charismatic, quick-witted and extremely smart – and cocky,” is said to be so concerned for his clients that he’ll do anything to save them, even at the expense of his own professional reputation. Sounds a bit of a far cry from the socially awkward Norwich-based DJ Alan Partridge that Coogan is famous for.
CBS orders up pilot starring Stephen Fry and Rupert Grint
Super Clyde, which is being created by Gregory Thomas of My Name is Earl fame, will see Stephen Fry in what will be his first American series co-starring role paired with Harry Potter star, Rubert Grint. Known more for his movie roles in the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes and his on-going guest role on Fox’s drama Bones, this will be Fry’s first American series with a co-starring role. In Super Clyde, Fry has signed to play Randolph the butler, Super Clyde’s sidekick, according to Deadline Hollywood.
The comedy centers on Clyde (Rupert Grint), a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero after inheriting $100,000 a month from his late eccentric uncle.
Star Trek Into Darkness – Have I got your attention now?
Saving the best for last, a name very well known around the telly and big screen globe, Benedict Cumberbatch, will soon be seen in the upcoming film, Star Trek Into Darkness. The first trailer has just been released and it’s a whole new side of Benedict that Sherlock fans haven’t seen before.
Anyone else get chills hearing Benedict say…Have I got your attention now?