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Adam Chase brings Clone to BBC3

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 11th 2008 3:44PM
Jonathan Pryce and Adam ChaseWe constantly hear of the British invasion of American TV (The Office, Life on Mars and many others), but there is one executive producer swimming against the current. Former Friends executive producer Adam Chase is working on a sci-fi comedy series called Clone starring Jonathan Pryce for BBC3.

The show is about a scientist who invents the first successful human clone to be used as a prototype super-soldier, but the clone ends up acting like a pacifist. The series is also being directed by The King of Queens alum, Rob Schiller.

Will the show work? I'm honestly not sure. The British are a different audience than the American one and they have a different style for their comedies. Their seasons are traditionally six episodes and all written by the same person. This format allows for more risk-taking in their programming and no question of ownership. Many American shows have enjoyed success over there, but I can't think of a single example of an American being the creative force behind an original and successful British show.

I just hope Mr. Chase can adjust to the much smaller budgets of British productions.

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Ben B

Jobbing American writer Fred Barron (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0057665/) came over to the UK at the start of the decade tro create easily the BBC's most successful sitcom. "My Family". Its bloody awful but a big hit, as is another Barron sitcom "After You've Gone". They're both predominantly written by British writers now but he's undoubtedly the creative force behind the invention of both.

July 12 2008 at 6:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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