TNT chomps on Cracker

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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"Wait, I thought the WGA strike was over. Do they really need to keep doing remakes???" -malawi69

that coming from a person who has a screen grab from a spin off as his avatar. nice!! give me a good remake over a crappy retread with a horrid lead man.

cheers,
j
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Wait, I thought the WGA strike was over. Do they really need to keep doing remakes???
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shocker713 - agreed.
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Most british adapted shows bomb big time in the US and this will be no different. The mid 90's version sucked which is why it was canceled. Why should this one fair any better.
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I was a fan of the short-lived ABC version of Cracker starring the late Robert Pastorelli. I also love the British version (except for the recent 9/11 special). Anyway, I think the magic is going to be hard to duplicate overseas, since the focus of the British show was more on the investigators rather than the crimes and criminals they pursued. It's just a very un-American style of mystery show. It doesn't jive well with Law & Order, The Closer and other shows of that ilk. But, if you get a strong Fitz, this could work. I agree with a previous poster - why not just air the original?
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"Cracker was one of the best shows the BBC has produced."



Actually, it's an ITV production.
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Cracker was one of the best shows the BBC has produced. Robbie Coltrane was Cracker and I don't see any American actor doing justice to such an original character. I think I'll rent the British version from Netflix and skip the second coming of the American version.
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Come on HBO, where is Preacher?
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Yeah, I agree with the previous comment - why not just broadcast the original.

And, um, Cracker is not and never was in any way a comedy. Sure there were funny moments but Cracker was quite a dark and disturbing set of stories.

One of the best shows to come out of UK television. You should really try to see the original.
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Why not just broadcast the BBC version?
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Another US remake of a British series?



Someone needs to tell the networks that The Office was a fluke and that it's not the 1970s anymore.
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What the fark is about? Trying to do an Americian verison of this British series was done one time before another network in which it tanked in one year can this new verison do better will found have a cable channel TNT can do that ABC have failed. But let's see how this one will fair.
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