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The Red Dwarf that never was

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 12th 2006 6:04PM
krytenTV Squad readers tend to know a lot about the inner workings of the television industry, so it's not a surprise to many of you that some shows we grew up with were actually retoolings of British sitcoms. Three's Company, Sanford and Son, and All in the Family are all based on shows that first aired across the pond. Sometimes, however, networks will try to turn a popular British series into a popular American series and fail miserably, and such was the case with Red Dwarf. I was a pretty big fan of the original Red Dwarf, and I would hear occasional rumblings that an American version was being planned. It turns out a pilot was actually shot with American actors, as well as Robert Llewellyn reprising his role as the android Kryten. NBC passed on the pilot but still wanted to try to turn it into a series. In the end, though, an Americanized Red Dwarf never came to fruition. Television Obscurities has a wonderful history of this failed attempt, complete with video clips of the unaired pilot.

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*Dear John* had been a Britcom before NBC's version became a success. So NBC has a mixed result with adapting Britcoms to the American market.

I hope with the success of shows such as *Doctor Who* (on SciFi) and *Hu$tle* (on AMC), we might actually witness a willingness to televise the original shows here on American channels without resorting to "adapting" the shows. I'd really wish *Rome* was a big success for HBO so I could use that as an example, but it least it is getting one more season before it ends.

July 13 2006 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i love this show, its too good!

July 13 2006 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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