Another pointless export

  • Killerbee 18 Nov 2002 14:05:44 5,015 posts
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    Americans can't understand English English?

    Thankfully Faulty Towers still stands intact! I don't get the need to make a US Coupling - wasn't it just an English Friends in the first place?
  • Deleted user 18 November 2002 14:09:45
    otto wrote:
    Can anyone tell me why they feel it necessary to spend all that money remaking an entire TV series with American settings and actors rather than simply selling the original series to the US? Same goes for films. I just don't understand.

    Americans don't like watching anything unless it's about Americans. They're programmed to be xenophobic from an earlier age with their patriotism and self-centric world view.
  • Whizzo 18 Nov 2002 14:13:15 44,807 posts
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    Killerbee wrote:
    Americans can't understand English English?

    Thankfully Faulty Towers still stands intact! I don't get the need to make a US Coupling - wasn't it just an English Friends in the first place?
    The Americans did create a version of Fawlty Towers called "Payne" back in 1999, it was quickly cancelled after 8 episodes were shown.
    Coupling could work in the US but as the UK version seemed to be pretty successful on BBCA it does seem silly remaking it.
  • sam_spade 18 Nov 2002 14:15:47 15,745 posts
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    Rather than Feersum's xenophobic assessment of Americans I would say there is a very different office culture, we've talked about the world-weary cynicism of Europeans compared to the naive optimism of the US. Plus it keeps people working in the crazy world of Hollywood.
  • ssuellid 18 Nov 2002 14:16:33 19,141 posts
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    Remember that 'Robbie the Reindeer' claymation film that was on BBC1 a few christmasses ago? They are keeping the visuals but replacing the voices for its US showing.
  • Karl-Marx 18 Nov 2002 14:20:09 22 posts
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    Ah, Television. Surely this has replaced religion as the opium of the masses by now...
  • Deleted user 18 November 2002 14:27:26
    sam_spade wrote:
    Rather than Feersum's xenophobic assessment of Americans I would say there is a very different office culture, we've talked about the world-weary cynicism of Europeans compared to the naive optimism of the US. Plus it keeps people working in the crazy world of Hollywood.

    No, it's true.
  • ssuellid 18 Nov 2002 14:33:49 19,141 posts
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    I thought it was also due to the various TV executives not wanting to take risks and advertising companies not wanting to be associated with a foreign programme?

    Did you see the articles about Craig David and his claims that american music bosses have been telling him to drop the white guitarist because some radio channels have a black only policy?

    Edited by ssuellid at 14:34:27 18-11-2002
  • Nemesis 18 Nov 2002 14:39:42 19,742 posts
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    Ssue linkage.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0%2C11711%2C840380%2C00.html
  • Deleted user 18 November 2002 14:44:47
    ssuellid wrote:
    I thought it was also due to the various TV executives not wanting to take risks and advertising companies not wanting to be associated with a foreign programme?

    And so the cycle perpetuates. Due to the continental Europeans being historically more involved with other, and all European countries having had a hand in empire or overseas trade, we're much more cosmopolitan about international affairs. America has kept itself largely to itself and had to deal with ideological fallout from their "revolution" to have made much progress. Events such as the WTC incident is the world knocking on its front door.

    Did you see the articles about Craig David and his claims that american music bosses have been telling him to drop the white guitarist because some radio channels have a black only policy?

    Yes. I nearly started a thread about that.
  • Nemesis 18 Nov 2002 14:47:31 19,742 posts
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    Yes. I nearly started a thread about that.

    Well, he's told them to piss off, which I applaud.

    EDIT : Typo. Errol man, really, find something to do !

    Edited by Nemesis at 14:50:21 18-11-2002
  • terminalterror 18 Nov 2002 17:01:47 18,931 posts
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    Nemesis wrote:
    Errol man, really, find something to do !

    preferably not involving internet pornography
  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,322 posts
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    Along with Ab Fab and Coupling, now they're talking about making a US version of The Office...

    Can anyone tell me why they feel it necessary to spend all that money remaking an entire TV series with American settings and actors rather than simply selling the original series to the US? Same goes for films. I just don't understand.
  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,322 posts
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    Anyway, they've got an American version of The Office, it's called Dilbert and it's bloody funny.
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