Here's what you can expect to see this upcoming
By Michaela Sinclair
Special to MSN TV
With dozens of pilots set to premiere this fall television season, we've
caught on to the many trends that have emerged to help you navigate your
upcoming viewing experience. In this third part of our series, we take a look at
the trend of international remakes, as seen in upcoming series "Betrayal" on
ABC, "Hostages" on CBS and "Us and Them" on FOX.
For years, American networks have retooled dozens of foreign television
series for a domestic audience -- and this year is no different -- but many of
them failed miserably at connecting with their viewers. Remember "Kath and Kim"
(Australia), "The Ex List" (Israel) and "Skins" (UK)? Exactly, neither do we.
Most recently, however, we've seen a surge of successful remakes brought to us
from the Brits across the pond. HBO's "Veep," the political satire starring
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is based on the same concept as BBC's long-running "The
Thick of It." Showtime's latest hit "Shameless" is a Chicago-based version of
the one set in Manchester, England. Even Syfy has a stake in the vampire
fan base with its remake of "Being Human," a series featuring a vampire,
werewolf and ghost as roommates.
The biggest success story has undoubtedly been "The Office," which just
wrapped up its ninth season this spring. A workplace comedy that originated in
the U.K. and ending after just two seasons, it has also been remade in Germany,
Chile, France, Israel and Sweden. (Clearly, making jokes about upper management
is a universal thing.) With the triumph of "The Office," this fall's television
lineup is ripe with international remakes. It's obvious that Hollywood is
looking at their foreign counterparts for inspiration yet again.
Bing: 'Betrayal' | 'Hostages'
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