Post by Mike Spadoni on Feb 18, 2012 5:20:40 GMT 1
Dearest UK: America is about to embark on its own version of probably your most beloved home-grown sitcom ever. "Deadline Hollywood" says ABC is developing a pilot of "Only Fools and Horses." Yes, you read that correctly. In addition, the network's ABC Studios (which is producing the pilot) has signed comic and actor John Leguizamo to star in the show. He'll play the role of Del. (No word yet on casting for brother Rodney or their grandfather.) It remains to be seen if ABC will order a series; a final decision probably will come in May, when all the networks announce their fall lineups. It also remains to be seen if the American "Fools And Horses" will join the list of successful British to US transplants such as "All In The Family" ("Till Death Us Do Part") and "The Office"--or become the next "Coupling." I can say this: Leguizamo is a talented actor, but it all comes down to execution. So, fingers crossed.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock
I think for it to be a success, there would have to be some very significant changes. Much of the comedy in OFAH was so reliant on 'Cockney' humour that it would most likely have flopped if it had been based elsewhere in the UK. Likewise, 'Bread' would not have worked outside of Merseyside. Also, there are two other sources of comedy in OFAH that would not really work in the USA. Firstly, Del's misuse of the French language, and secondly Del's attempts to climb socially. There is far less attentiion to 'Class' in the USA.