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(Guardian)   "Vicar of Dibley" to join "The Office" as latest good British show to be destroyed by an American remake. Bonus: Kirstie Alley is going to guarantee it's crap   (media.guardian.co.uk) divider line 80
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2007-02-06 08:27:09 AM  
Fark off, submitter, NBC's Office is the best sitcom on TV since Seinfeld.

Don't compare it to the BBC version and you'll be much happier.
 
2007-02-06 08:28:16 AM  
... I actually can't think of an American re-make of a British show that was better than the original British show.

/Although "Who's Line is it Anyway" came close (pretty much the same people)
 
2007-02-06 08:31:02 AM  
Damn, submitted with a similar headline just a little too late. Agree with ya, subby.
 
2007-02-06 08:33:17 AM  
I like the American version of The Office, but then, I'm not one for British sitcoms. Too much like watching a taped stage play.
 
2007-02-06 08:35:45 AM  
Who wants to be a millionaire and Weakest Link were also very good in their US versions. American Idol can suck it, IMO, but seems to be doing very well.

And a big cock punch to the UK and the rest of the world for Deal or No Deal, the worst show on television in a decade (and yes, I'm including all those attractive and successful sitcoms on UPN)
 
2007-02-06 08:36:48 AM  
The Vicar of Dilbey original is utter crap anyway, I'd put it on par with The Darling Buds of May, feel-good crap that's not actually that amusing but makes the viewer feel warm and fuzzy.
 
2007-02-06 08:50:14 AM  
The only thing destroyed has been my sock collection . . .

www.bbc.co.uk

/fap fap
//Arrested Development was the best show since Seinfeld.
 
2007-02-06 08:54:34 AM  
NikolaiFarkoff: Who wants to be a millionaire and Weakest Link were also very good in their US versions.

Those are game shows...it's not hard to transfer a game show format.

However, having never watched either the British or American version of The Office, I can't say which is better. I do think that there's a big difference in British and American comedy though, and that often just does not transfer well. Many Americans just do not get British humor. Vice versa, many British probably think we're retarded for what we find funny.
 
2007-02-06 09:00:37 AM  
Sanford and Son...

...and I like both versions of the Office.

I'd love to see them try to Americanize "Only Fools and Horses" though...
 
2007-02-06 09:01:41 AM  
Remember when they tried to remake Coupling. Gawd that was bad. VOD is crap to start with so you're gonna get crap to the nth power.
 
2007-02-06 09:06:39 AM  
This thread needs more Jenna Fischer.

i69.photobucket.com
 
2007-02-06 09:17:46 AM  
Every thread needs more Jenna Fischer
 
2007-02-06 09:19:22 AM  
OlafTheBent: I actually can't think of an American re-make of a British show that was better than the original British show.

American Idol. America does morbidly obese, inexplicably self confident, talentless, teenage morans with so more more verve than we do.

Cormee: The Vicar of Dilbey original is utter crap anyway, I'd put it on par with The Darling Buds of May, feel-good crap that's not actually that amusing but makes the viewer feel warm and fuzzy.
Far, far, far, crapper, IMHO. That might be because the young Catherine Z-J makes me feel...something.
 
2007-02-06 09:28:17 AM  
I think we're missing the most important part of that article:

They're going to bring Life On Mars over here!

That is a fantastic show, hopefully they don't mess it up, what am I saying, of course they will.
 
2007-02-06 09:29:04 AM  
The British version The Vicar of Dibley is only mildy amusing. The best part of the whole show is Roger Lloyd-Pack, proving you can never have too much sheep related humor.

Fark off, submitter, NBC's Office is the best sitcom on TV since Seinfeld.
Trying to piss off the Scrub's and My Name is Earl fanboys?
 
2007-02-06 09:32:07 AM  
www.euronet.nl
 
2007-02-06 09:44:46 AM  
she's gonna enjoy that christmas episode where she has to eat the 16 vegetables
 
2007-02-06 09:52:55 AM  
... I actually can't think of an American re-make of a British show that was better than the original British show.

Sanford and Son is better than Steptoe and Son.
 
2007-02-06 09:58:39 AM  
(I see Sanford and Son was already mentioned... )

American Idol. America does morbidly obese, inexplicably self confident, talentless, teenage morans with so more more verve than we do.

You're right. The winners from Pop Idol wouldn't even make the Hollywood phase of American Idol.
 
2007-02-06 10:08:59 AM  
I'm a fan of both the UK and US versions of The Office. Both have their plusses. The US version may tone down the boss character and the Assistant to the Regional Manager character to make them more palatable for American audiences, but they really fleshed out the receptionist's character. There was never really much to Dawn other than being a mousy love interest for Tim. I like how they made Pam Beasley a mischievous flirt.
 
2007-02-06 10:10:24 AM  
Damnit. Why must we rip off all the good shows?

That said, I want to see a spaced remake. Just cause it was an awesome show and should have lasted longer. But it should be starring the british cast. With the same writers.
 
2007-02-06 10:14:06 AM  
Sanford was better than Steptoe if only because it had that kick-ass theme song by Quincy Jones. Plus, our Beatles are way better than your precious Rolling Stones.
 
2007-02-06 10:22:43 AM  
Two shows: Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.

/End of story
 
2007-02-06 10:43:10 AM  
OlafTheBent: ... I actually can't think of an American re-make of a British show that was better than the original British show.

Three's Company.

Every show is made better by the presence of Norman Fell.
 
Ant
2007-02-06 10:58:11 AM  
I like both the British and the American version of The Office. It is possible to like them both you know.
 
Ant
2007-02-06 11:01:13 AM  
minoridiot: Trying to piss off the Scrub's and My Name is Earl fanboys?

Unfortunately, I think My Name is Earl has already jumped the shark.
 
2007-02-06 11:02:07 AM  
Unfortunately, I think My Name is Earl has already jumped the shark.
What would be the shark moment?
 
2007-02-06 11:02:12 AM  
Wake me when they do the porn version, 'Dicker of Vibley'.

/Wouldn't mind waking up at the crack of Dawn, but then I likes 'em big.
 
2007-02-06 11:15:31 AM  
stebain: Duane was the first thing I thought of, too.
 
Ant
2007-02-06 11:22:00 AM  
stebain: What would be the shark moment?

I can't really give you a particular moment. I used to love the show, but now it's just become some show I watch while waiting for The Office.
 
2007-02-06 11:27:17 AM  
Just because it sucks doesn't mean it jumped the shark, it just means it sucks.

www.jumptheshark.com
 
2007-02-06 11:30:14 AM  
Hey, at least they left Black Books alone.
 
2007-02-06 12:07:01 PM  
www.myimagebuddy.com

Howie Mandel is THE PRISONER!

Who is Number One Million? Who is Number One Million?
 
2007-02-06 12:21:21 PM  
At least "they" have sense enough to leave Brit sci-fi alone.
I think I'd boycott any company that tried to remake Red Dwarf or Dr Who.
 
2007-02-06 12:27:23 PM  
I'm so sick of hearing about how much better the British Office is than the American one and I've never seen either.
 
2007-02-06 12:32:05 PM  
I'm waiting for the American version of the British sit-com "When the Whistle Blows." I love it when the guy says "Are you having a laugh? Is he having a laugh!??"
 
2007-02-06 12:34:02 PM  
stay_classy_pdx: I'm waiting for the American version of the British sit-com "When the Whistle Blows." I love it when the guy says "Are you having a laugh? Is he having a laugh!??"

I'm all for that, as long as Bowie does the theme music.
 
2007-02-06 12:38:22 PM  
Ant [TotalFark]
I like both the British and the American version of The Office. It is possible to like them both you know.


Yes BUT you are only cool if you only like the UK version.
 
2007-02-06 12:46:11 PM  
I can't really give you a particular moment. I used to love the show, but now it's just become some show I watch while waiting for The Office.

Me too. Although, I jumped off the Earl bandwagon in the middle of last season (even though I LOVE Jason Lee), I would say that Catalina & Randy getting married may be the defining shark-jumpage for me. It's still funny I guess, but it really is just filler until The Office comes on.

And did someone ask for more Jenna?

i27.photobucket.com

/rejecting your kiss
 
2007-02-06 12:52:17 PM  
both versions are fine on their own right....

where is the coupling comparison here? men behaving badly? S Club 7? well maybe not the last one, i mean really who doesn't love Rachel, come on!

i7.tinypic.com
 
2007-02-06 12:59:51 PM  
omg omg, i agree that the US office is absolutely farking hysterical, i really can't cope with a US Vicar of Dibley. I mean, 1/2 the reason it was funny was because it's British, and dry. Plus, Kirsty lost all that weight, it would be more appropriate to cast someone like Cameron Mannheim or Rosie O'Donnell or, ummm, well you get the picture. Plus i can't see a suitable Alice, or a good Hugo..... COME ON!!!!

/angry
//so very angry
///BAAADDDD IDEA!!!
 
2007-02-06 01:00:02 PM  
stebain

The American pilot for Red Dwarf is the worst thing I've ever seen in this category. Worse even than the US Coupling. It took me a while to come around to the US Office, because the first few shows were nearly line-by-line copies and looked like a pale imitation. Now, though, it's its own show and even though there are similar overall story arcs, I like it.

/Dwayne Dibley FTW
 
2007-02-06 01:03:03 PM  
I'm still waiting for the American version of that UK masterpiece "Footballers Wives."
 
2007-02-06 01:03:52 PM  
Wish they'd stop mucking up fine English television shows. Show more Jemima Rooper, though.
 
2007-02-06 01:09:51 PM  
In fact, the whole Red Dwarf US Pilot (apparently there were two) is on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwymOX6ey_g

Search US Red Dwarf...

I don't understand why they can't just show the original shows. We Americans can be pretty astute at times, we should be able to understand from context that "lift" means "elevator". The only references people wouldn't get are when specific pop-culture references are made. Big deal. It beats taking a concept, the small village in which the church is very involved in daily life and decision making, and transplant it badly into a culture where there is no analogue construct, ie the US. Not that there aren't small towns in the US where everyone is involved in their church, but I don't think that the Dibley model translates directly to the US. Just leave it as-is and show it. People would have watched Coupling in the US if we'd gotten the UK version, which was hilarious, vs the US version which was at Suck Factor 9.
 
2007-02-06 01:13:04 PM  
stebain beat me to it by a long shot!
 
2007-02-06 01:13:50 PM  
destroyed?

the original had more depth to it, but i've been more entertained by the American version.

and i love Jenna Fischer like everyone else...
 
2007-02-06 01:19:36 PM  
I hate Kirstie Alley. I think Kathy Najimy would be much better suited.
 
2007-02-06 01:28:55 PM  
The american office, AND the british office both rock. I groaned at the idea of a remake, but god damn it, it's without a doubt THE best show on TV. Period. End of discussion.

And yes, Jenna Fischer is soooo hot.

/bonus points: her husband, James Gunn, is a pretty damn cool guy in his own right... he directed Slither and him and Jenna made a movie for Troma. Come on, she's that cute and has a sense of humor?
 
2007-02-06 01:30:06 PM  
Boo Vicar of Dibley. Too cutesy. Let's see Father Ted!
 
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