TNT chomps on Cracker

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Stop me if you've heard this before: A US network is refashioning a hit British television show. Wait! Before you cut me off, here's the twist--it's already been adapted for American audiences before!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, TNT is hoping the third time is a charm for the British show Cracker, a mid-'90s show starring Robbie Coltrane as an abrasive forensic psychologist who solves crimes. The network has acquired the rights to the drama in hopes of adapting it for US audiences...again. In the late '90s, ABC aired a remake of the show that lasted only one season; the original (and much more successful) UK production ran for four seasons.

"[Cracker] was such a success in the UK and around the world; such a great character and also a great procedural," Julie Meldal-Johnsen, an executive at Granada America (which owned the rights to the show and will coproduce the new US version), told the Reporter. "We thought the timing was right and that American cable, edgier and more open, would be a better venue for it than broadcast."

In other adaptation news, HBO has picked up a project based on Terri Cheney's book Manic, A Memoir, says Variety. The cable network is looking at a one-hour pilot for the drama, which will revolve around a female lawyer with bipolar disorder, and her accounts of moving up in her career and keeping her condition from her employers.

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