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Which Brit series could have an American remake?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 24th 2009 11:50AM
Absolutely FabulousDavid Mamet's daughter Zosia has been cast in the role of Saffron for the Fox remake of the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous. The article also mentions that The CW has green-lit a pilot for a new version of Melrose Place (as was previously rumored). I guess 90210 wasn't enough for them.

I could go into a rant about how networks don't have any original ideas and the real originality can be found in cable channels, but you've heard it before. While I have no opinion about any version of Melrose Place, I did enjoy AbFab in its original run. I don't see an American version working out on Fox, though. I just don't think they'd get it.

With all this in mind, there are several excellent British series that have not made it across the pond for various reasons. Two of my favorites are BlackAdder and The Young Ones. BlackAdder is too British in its sensibilities and The Young Ones is too erratic to make it on American TV.

We already have Life on Mars and The Office, among others. What Brit series do you think could successfully translate to American networks?

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