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Journalism final piece - topic US remakes of hit Brit shows

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    HanniiLu

    [1]Apr 30, 2011
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    Hey guys, would really like some opinions on this topic to quote in my article.


    For my final journalism piece I am writing a feature on the recent increase in US remakes of British shows, so Being Human, Skins and Shameless to name a few.Why do you think US networks opt for the remake instead of airing the Brit original? Is it to do with format of seasons being different (UK seasons are 6 episodes vs US 22 episodes) Or is it about them wanting the show to be more culturally relevant for theiraudience. (familiar dialect, slang, locations, actors)


    If this is the case why is it so uncommon for US shows to be remade this side of the Atlantic?


    Do you reckon the US viewers would actually prefer to watch the remake over the original?


    Other opinions you will add to my article would also be fabulouso!Also anyone with any opinions about the success of US version of The Office would also be grand.


    Actually taking the idea and developing it into a new show, withoriginalideas is fine, but shows like BH and Skins where they just ship the script over and replace Brit slang with American is an absolute waste of time.


    Do they so little of their viewers that they think they can't understand English?


    Thanks for your time


    Han



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    Helostwin

    [2]Apr 30, 2011
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    Glad to help:
    First a lot of the stuff on British tv would have to be edited out on American TV even on cable channels. For example there was a big uproar here over the ep "Chris" before it aired because it showed his bare rear-end when he was walking down the street naked. Here that is considered child pornography, you can't show the "private areas" of anyone under 18. The language is edited too >> in the ep "Stanley" when Stanley is about to be pulled over by the military policeman he says sarcastically "What do I do when he asks for my drivers licence? Show him my (bleep)ing school ID?" Now you can tell what word is bleeped ou but you can't say that on American TV. Finally the locations >> London row-houses & housing estates make American viewers uncomfortable. Also you have to remember that here in America 16 year olds are considered children much more than across the pond, both culturally & legally. Here they can't leave school, can't legally drink alcohol or smoke tobacco or do a lot of things 16 yr old British kids can legally do. One part of the ep "Stanley" was not actually American >> he went to a regular court. Here a 16 yr old boy would go to a JUVENILE court with just a judge and his parents, no adult prisoners like the guy who was talking to him on the pew! They must have done that scene that way for your viewers.

    You are misinformed about the actors however. The American "Skins" does NOT have familiar actors >> they are completely unknown kids with little or no previous acting experience! They made a point of casting regular kids, not professional acting kids. That seems to be a growing trend here (see "Paraniod Park" and "Elephant" >> kids with NO previous acting experience).

    BTW "reckon" is an Elizabethian English word that died out in Britain but continued in use over here across the pond. Interesting that it is making a comeback where it originated.

    Now, in "Being Human" they stuck more closely to the Brit original (which is on BBC America here) to the point of casting similar looking actors and using much of the same dialogue. That certainly isn't the case with "Skins" probably because it is aimed at an older audience.

    Yes, I think American viewers prefer the re-makes over the originals.

    One last BTW, "The Office" is filmed in Scranton PA where I go to university (a British way of saying it that is becoming common here) so I see familiar places in every episode.
    GLAD TO BE OF HELP> GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR GRADE!
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    HanniiLu

    [3]May 1, 2011
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    Hey,


    thank you so much for your response, it was really useful and nice to see the topic from another point of view.


    Hannah x


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    Helostwin

    [4]May 1, 2011
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    HanniiLu wrote:

    Hey,


    thank you so much for your response, it was really useful and nice to see the topic from another point of view.


    Hannah x



    You're welcome! God luck!
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    showinuse9

    [5]May 1, 2011
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    yeah what he said.



    plus one other thing to add. When you just bring over the shows from other countries people can just go online and watch all the seasons and there would be no need to watch the show itself.


    And even just a few years after clothes and such have changed so this is a chance to update that



    And there is also a creative aspect of it they see it as a chance to take a base of something and spin it to their own story

    Edited on 05/01/2011 5:58pm
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    HanniiLu

    [6]May 3, 2011
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    Thank you all so much for your responses.


    One more favour to ask, I need proof that we've discussed this topic so could you possible E-mail han.streatfield@gmail.com with your full name.


    It's just protocol but I have to include a full contact list overwise i lose substantial marks


    thanks again


    Hannah

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    Helostwin

    [7]May 15, 2011
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    What grade did you get, if I may ask? I hope it was a good mark!
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