"Only Fools and Horses" gets US remake.

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  1. TonyTheTiger

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16796364

    I have one word for this...

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    It could NEVER work.

    For any non-Brits, this was voted the funniest show on British TV and has some of the best comedic moments ever filmed, but because it involves Cockney accents and plot situations that wouldn't be recognized in the US, it was never shown here.

    A remake would need so much mutilating that it couldn't possibly be funny - or even the same show - and no-one could replace the characters, where it was genius acting that made them great, not just a good script.

    Also, the creator and main writer of the show John Sullivan, passed away last year.
     
  2. lambertman

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    A remake wouldn't force the original show to be erased.
     
  3. Bob Coxner

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    If you make lists of successful and failed Brit remakes, there would be 2 or 3 successful ones (The Office, Sanford & Son) and about 50 failed. This will be in the failed category.
     
  4. scooterboy

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    All In The Family and Three's Company immediately come to mind. There have to be more.
     
  5. TheMerk

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    The Cosby Show.
    Shameless.
     
  6. pteronaut

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    The Cosby Show was an NBC original,

    Cosby was the US remake of "One Foot In The Grave"
     
  7. pteronaut

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    From watching Sanford & Son, and having seen Steptoe & Son, I believe that Sanford & Son's success (like most of the successful US shows derived from UK originals) came from the show's divergence from the British script and concentration on situations that would appear plausible in the location where the remake is set.

    That being said, I do see similarities between Sanford & Son, and Only Fools & Horses, and wouldn't have been surprised to have learned that the late John Sullivan had took inspiration from S&S for some of the character interactions between Del & Rodney.
     
  8. MikeAndrews

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    As I recall they tried to Americanize Fawlty Towers with Harvey Korman!!!!
     
  9. Unbeliever

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    "¿Que?"

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  10. MikeAndrews

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    Cheech Marin. :D (Only I don't think he can speak Spanish.)
     
  11. pteronaut

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    I know it's not the connect the images thread, but can anybody guess why I've posted this?

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  12. Unbeliever

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    1) That's Andrew Sachs (Played Manuel on Fawlty Towers) made up like Che Guevara.
    2) Richard "Cheech" Marin can speak Spanish. I've heard him do it.

    --Carlos V.
     
  13. wmcbrine

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    I guess it's only his character in "Born in East L.A." that doesn't.
     
  14. TonyTheTiger

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  15. Bob Coxner

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    What about the worst remakes? For me, it's a tough call between Coupling and Cracker. Coupling actually tried to use the exact same scripts, word for word, as the Brit series. Cracker neutered one of the greatest characters in tv drama history.
     
  16. TonyTheTiger

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    You forgot one of the worst offenders - Prime Suspect!
     
  17. MikeAndrews

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    I know who Manuel is. (Not even Spanish?) I was saying that they get Cheech as Manuel and the American version.
     
  18. gastrof

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    They tried, I beliveve, at least THREE times. The last one was with John Laroquette. It lasted maybe four episodes?


    EDIT:

    From Wikipedia-


    Three attempted remakes of Fawlty Towers were started for the American market, with two making it into production.

    The first, Chateau Snavely starring Harvey Korman and Betty White, was produced by ABC for a pilot in 1978, but the transfer from coastal hotel to highway motel proved too much and the series was never produced.

    The second, also by ABC, was Amanda's starring Bea Arthur, notable for switching the sexes of its 'Basil' and 'Sybil' equivalents. It also failed to pick up a major audience and was dropped.

    A third remake called Payne (produced by and starring John Larroquette) was also produced, but was cancelled shortly after.

    A German pilot based on the sitcom was made in 2001, named Zum letzten Kliff, but further episodes were not made.
     
  19. scooterboy

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    He's from Barcelona.
     
  20. MikeAndrews

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    Andrew Sachs? From London, Bar the lone ah.
     

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