Made in China: The Office?

... Slaving away at a cubicle while your boneheaded boss makes ten times as much as you do and your co-workers annoy the crap out of you apparently isn't just an American or British thing. The Office creator Ricky Gervais announced on his blog that he is developing a third version of his show... for China. The lead poisoning episode should be hilarious. [NY Post]

... British series Spooks (aka MI-5) is the latest show to get Americanized. ABC is said to be close to finalizing a deal for the rights to the show, about super spies that deal with terrorism and all that. It's supposed to be a great show, and I'm sure ABC will take everything that was good about it and throw it in the garbage. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Actor Neal McDonough got kicked off of ABC's Scoundrels because he wasn't willing to film a sex scene. Why? Because he's a devout Catholic and doing so is against his beliefs. Whatever, said ABC, and they fired his church-y ass. So badass McDonough gave them the pious equivalent of the finger and started his own project that he can star in: Vigilante Priest! Starz has picked up the project, about an ex-cop turned priest who cleans up the streets "one sinner at a time." Awww yeah. Let's hear it for principles! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Heroes actor Masi Oka has signed on to guest star on CBS' Hawaii Five-0 as Oahu's coroner. He'll first pop up in the fourth episode, but given the fact that people will be dying, he could return. D.L. Hughley will also show up as an inmate in the show's third episode. [TV Guide]

... The third season of Merlin has been picked up by Syfy. Get your 20-sided dice ready! [Syfy, via press release]

... American Idol has a back-up plan if this whole Jennifer Lopez thing doesn't work out: Shania Twain. TMZ reports that producers will pursue Twain when if they can't compromise with Queen Jennifer and her ridiculous demands. Meanwhile, Kara DioGuardi is staring at her phone, waiting for it to ring.[TMZ]


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ABC will butcher Spooks. I have loved the show since the beginning but I will not watch as ABC Americanizes it. They should just show the original on ABC.
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cant wait for the new season of merlin
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abc is part of disney that explains why abc sucks
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So Neal McDonough has never had a problem playing a killer, I guess in his version of catholicism it is ok to kill.
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All the more reason to like Neal McDonough. Can't wait for this show!
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Yay Merlin! And even more so, yay Neal McDonough! Glad to see some people still act on their beliefs. Looking forward to Vigilante Priest!
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Like most remakes, I hate the idea of a US MI-5. What I liked about it was they weren't really "super spies." It was like a more realistic, more cerebral, smarter version of 24. And I agree that it makes zero sense to make a US version of a show that was so British in the first place (since it centered on MI-5). Wouldn't the US equivalent be the FBI, since it's internal security?
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ABC needs to leave MI-5 alone.
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BeachfrontGlass: Yes, that would be the smart thing to do but the network people never seem to have any sense so I'm not surprised.
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hawaii five-o keeps sounding better and better.
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But Spooks is about MI-5 which is the brittish secret intelligence service. Sounds like ABC just wants to remake Alias and The Agency. Why buy the rights to a foreign show? Since they have to change everything anyways, why not just write up a whole new show from scratch?
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Hey no hating on Merlin...or D&D, wait I'm confused?
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