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03/24/2005 12:35:26 PM · #1
I can't believe American television is about to ruin another superb British Comedy. Hey anyone reading this, go buy the original on DVD. Its worth the money, and I'm sure Steve Carrell will be funny, but he is no Ricky Gervais. Damn. So many Brit coms end up redone in American television and get completely ruined. Is nothing sacred? You know what bums me out is that these great comedies (The Originals) never make it past BBC America or PBS.

//www.imdb.com/title/tt0290978/

What's next Allo'Allo'? Black Books? Ab Fab? Or will Corporate America try to ruin Dr. Who for a second time? Uggghhhhhh.
03/24/2005 12:44:54 PM · #2
i thought ab fab was horrible. british comedy is not the same as american comedy.
03/24/2005 12:45:32 PM · #3
I loved The Office! Ricky Gervais is not too upset about the american remake though, he said at least there's no canned laughter in it... Must have got paid big bucks for the rights as well! Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the original, it got very good reviews in the states, didn't it? Shame it wasn't shown on the big networks...
03/24/2005 12:46:24 PM · #4
I saw an interview with Gervais a couple of weeks ago and he was quite complementary about the US version.

Having said that, this is Gervais and if you take anything he says seriously ... :D

An American 'Allo 'Allo would be interesting to see for sure!
03/24/2005 12:47:42 PM · #5
Originally posted by totaldis:

i thought ab fab was horrible. british comedy is not the same as american comedy.

True. Is 'Joey' supposed to be a comedy?

:P
03/24/2005 12:50:05 PM · #6
Sure Gervais is happy. He's making big loot. Of course he is going to promote the hell out of it. I'm just bummed because it won't be the same and so many American comedies were Brit-Com rip-offs that were not nearly as good as the original.
03/24/2005 12:53:02 PM · #7
Originally posted by phreakon:

Sure Gervais is happy. He's making big loot. Of course he is going to promote the hell out of it.

But what's the point of promoting it in the UK? We can't see it!
03/24/2005 12:54:45 PM · #8
Originally posted by totaldis:

i thought ab fab was horrible. british comedy is not the same as american comedy.


WHA?! You're crazy...lol....I loved British comedies esp. Absolutely Fabulous. And I have to whole heartedly agree with the original post, judging by the trailers for the American version of The Office it can't even compare. Me and my old roomies had the British DVDs and man, hours and hours of hilarity! Highly recommended.
03/24/2005 01:00:28 PM · #9
Originally posted by totaldis:

i thought ab fab was horrible. british comedy is not the same as american comedy.


... & thats why they made MontyPython ;)
as opposed to gilligan's island, happy days & mary tyler moore show ..

abfab was different ;)

03/24/2005 01:13:07 PM · #10
Don't fix what ain't broken.

There's no way the unique character of The Office can be recreated, much less improved. They obviously didn't learn anything from the disaster called "Coupling." I don't know why they don't just air the originals, the same way American shows are aired in Great Britain.
03/24/2005 01:15:19 PM · #11
I've seen the first episode of the American version floating around the internet, and I own both UK series DVDs. I definately prefer the subtleties of the UK version, but the USA version is much better than I thought it would be. It's not all that bad really.
03/24/2005 01:28:59 PM · #12
Originally posted by phreakon:

I can't believe American television is about to ruin another superb British Comedy. Hey anyone reading this, go buy the original on DVD. Its worth the money, and I'm sure Steve Carrell will be funny, but he is no Ricky Gervais. Damn. So many Brit coms end up redone in American television and get completely ruined. Is nothing sacred? You know what bums me out is that these great comedies (The Originals) never make it past BBC America or PBS.

//www.imdb.com/title/tt0290978/

What's next Allo'Allo'? Black Books? Ab Fab? Or will Corporate America try to ruin Dr. Who for a second time? Uggghhhhhh.


Just let them attempt Black Adder.
03/24/2005 02:05:24 PM · #13
I'm half way familiar with this new show but never heard of the original. It must have been great if it's being hijacked by the networks.

Steve Carell(sp?)is a very funny guy. I really liked his work and writing on The Daily Show. Pretty funny in Bruce Almightly(Jim Carrey), too.
03/24/2005 02:08:13 PM · #14
Originally posted by bod:


An American 'Allo 'Allo would be interesting to see for sure!


A ("based" on a true story) comedy on the US resistance to the German attempt to conquer America. Followed by a ("based" on a true story) film on the US victory in the 1966 world cup...

Hollywood likes re-writing lots of things, not least history...! At least they have offices in the US (I think). I understand that there are plans to show the US version on BBC3 later this year.

03/24/2005 02:09:23 PM · #15
Wait until you guys see "Little Britain", up there with the office.

Gervais next project "Extras" sounds pretty interesting, he`s just turned down a £5 million pounds golden handcuffs with the BBC so he can keep artistic licence.
03/24/2005 02:33:00 PM · #16
Originally posted by Geo_Griffin:


Gervais next project "Extras" sounds pretty interesting, he`s just turned down a £5 million pounds golden handcuffs with the BBC so he can keep artistic licence.


He's brilliant. A brilliant writer, director, actor - the works. Although watching the "making of" on the british DVDs made me want to kill him. I'm glad I don't have to be cooped up with him writing for 20hrs a day. Still funny nonetheless.
03/24/2005 03:22:34 PM · #17
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

Originally posted by Geo_Griffin:




He's brilliant. A brilliant writer, director, actor - the works. Although watching the "making of" on the british DVDs made me want to kill him. I'm glad I don't have to be cooped up with him writing for 20hrs a day. Still funny nonetheless.


Maybe thats what it takes to be a brilliant writer. I have heard the same things about Bob Odenkirk, and "Mr. Show with Bob and David" was the most brilliant sketch comedy I have ever seen. So freaking Hilarious.
03/24/2005 04:14:11 PM · #18
Originally posted by phreakon:

Maybe thats what it takes to be a brilliant writer. I have heard the same things about Bob Odenkirk, and "Mr. Show with Bob and David" was the most brilliant sketch comedy I have ever seen. So freaking Hilarious.


Then I've missed my calling as a comedic writer cause I'm as annoying and obnoxious as all hell.
03/24/2005 04:23:40 PM · #19
Nothing can top Gervais in a white t-shirt and hat on backward, doing his motivational speaking. OMG, I died that day. I have a "never delete" on that episode in my Tivo. If you haven't seen the original Office, it's worth checking out.
03/24/2005 04:41:03 PM · #20
yes, the motivational episode was a classic. I love it when Tim gets up and leaves, "I can't take one more phone call about the price of laser bright copy paper!" I feel like that at work everyday. that and the scene where Gervais is hiring the new secretary. I almost piss myself every time I see that one.
03/24/2005 04:42:28 PM · #21
BAH! I can't take it...no more...please...stop!!!

Sigh, now i've got to go out after work and buy the DVDs.
03/24/2005 05:14:42 PM · #22
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

BAH! I can't take it...no more...please...stop!!!

Sigh, now i've got to go out after work and buy the DVDs.


Move to the UK, we have the best comedy! And our TV channels repeat everything so often, you don't need to buy the DVDs. You know it all by heart!!

UK Comedy Rules!

Steve
03/24/2005 05:29:51 PM · #23
I loved the original office.
I hope they don't have a laugh track.
I hope its done the same.

I don't think they could put the office on regular tv though. THere is an episode with a big pink dildo, also one with the doggy-style references and ending with "my knees hurt... no they don't"

but other than that, garrett, ricky gervais were fantastic, in fact, we just jellied someones stapler!
03/24/2005 05:30:49 PM · #24
what the difference between a fox and a dog?

ans. about eight pints of lager.
03/24/2005 05:32:40 PM · #25
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

Originally posted by Geo_Griffin:


Gervais next project "Extras" sounds pretty interesting, he`s just turned down a £5 million pounds golden handcuffs with the BBC so he can keep artistic licence.


He's brilliant. A brilliant writer, director, actor - the works. Although watching the "making of" on the british DVDs made me want to kill him. I'm glad I don't have to be cooped up with him writing for 20hrs a day. Still funny nonetheless.


I loved the parts on the dvd, outtakes and deleted scenes.
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