Why can’t American TV Writers just write their own ‘good stuff?’

This has nothing to do with knitting though with one of my favorite programs. I got both seasons of BBC’s Life on Mars as a birthday gift from my very present-buying savvy husband.

Looks like American TV writers for ABC have really ‘cocked it up’ in their Americanized version of the popular British series. Why God, Why?! Why do we continue to have to take what’s good somewhere else and put our own cultural stamp on it? I suppose I shouldn’t rag on this until I’ve seen it, but still I smell a rotten dinosaur egg of mega proportions.

You can read the initial review of the program here:

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/06/pilot_preview_abcs_life_on_mar.html

The original program really was a joy to watch. My favorite character of course is Gene Hunt, who utters one of my favorite lines ever.

Cast from the original BBC Production… YAY!!!!

The new cast of the American version… ehhhhhh.

Re-doing foreign shows and films usually sucks. Why? Is it the writers’ fault or the studios’ for just acting on the notion (driven by business vs. creative motivation)?

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2 responses to “Why can’t American TV Writers just write their own ‘good stuff?’

  1. Sounds like a good show, thanks for the recommendation!

    Yup, US remakes usually do suck, though I do think the US version of The Office, while very different from the British version, has turned out well.

  2. Life on Mars BBC is great. They really captured the texture and grit from the 70’s. I think they were going for a “Sweeney” type look and feel. My husband is a big fan of “The Sweeney,” and it is a pretty darn good cop drama from the 70’s.

    I think they also did an excellent job playing out the whole “Is Sam Tyler reallly in a coma or did he actually travel back in time?” There were some downright creepy scenes that captured the whole otherworldliness of being in a coma/dreamstate.

    I really enjoyed the soundtrack as well (Bowie’s Life on Mars, Thin Lizzy, Atomic Rooster, Elton John, The Sweet). There was some real class A music during the 70’s and I barely remember it as I was a little kid. But listening to it now, it just sounds great. Maybe because I idealized it because the older kids and teens I looked up to at the time listened to it.

    That’s true about the Office (American version) it actually worked out.

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