While there has been no news as to any casting for the forthcoming U.S. remake of the brilliant British situation comedy Miranda, Sarah Hadland’s campaign to be the “American Stevie” has begun.
“Somebody told me there’s going to be an American version of Miranda,” Sarah Hadland, who played Stevie, best friend and colleague of Miranda Hart’s lead character in the series, told recently. “There’ll be an American Stevie, surely. I don’t know who would be an American Stevie. OK, I’ll start my campaign to be in it.”
Created by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, the American version will certainly be starting with two strikes against it given the historical track record of trying to remake a number of British comedies and dramas. While there have been a few exceptions such as The Office, Sanford & Son, All in the Family and Veep, it’s unfortunate that many American streets are littered with failed attempts to remake the likes of Life on Mars, The IT Crowd, Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous, Are You Being Served?, Broadchurch, Being Human, Coupling, Men Behaving Badly and, sorry folks, House of Cards.
I could go on, but in the interest of time and space …
Having Parsons — who plays Sheldon on the No. 1 U.S. sitcom The Big Bang Theory — involved is certainly a huge plus. I just can’t imagine anyone other than Miranda Hart, Sarah Hadland, Patricia Hodge and Sally Phillips in these roles.
Here’s a crazy idea: How about just making more episodes of the British version, with the original cast and the original producers, and let Parsons be involved in those?