TV writing rooms are still very male-dominated, especially on comedy
Although American TV networks look to foreign TV markets for new ideas, sometimes the original series’ actors also come along to remake an American version. Here are 9 American remakes of foreign TV shows that feature the same actors.
- Wilfred. When the Australian TV comedy Wilfred came to the United States in 2011, so did its co-creator Jason Gann. He plays the titular imaginary dog in both versions.
- Broadchurch. The hit British crime drama came to the United States as the TV show Gracepoint in 2014. David Tennent came along too. Sadly, Fox canceled Gracepoint in 2015, while Broadchurch is still going on in England.
- Max Headroom. Believe it or not, Max Headroom was an import from the United Kingdom. It was called Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future before it came to America, while Matt Frewer played the titular character in both versions.
- The IT Crowd. While the remake of The IT Crowd didn’t make it to series, Richard Ayoade reprised his role as Moss for the American version. He only filmed the pilot episode with Joel McHale for NBC.
- Pop Idol. In the United Kingdom, American Idol is called Pop Idol and when it came to the United States in 2002, music producer Simon Cowell came along too. He left the reality show in 2010 to bring The X-Factor to America, another pop music competition reality show from the United Kingdom that he also hosted.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Before the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? came to America, it was a bit hit in the United Kingdom during the late 80s. Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady all appeared in both versions of the TV show.
- Da Ali G Show. Season One of Da Ali G Show was produced for Channel 4 in the UK before it came to the United States for Season Two for HBO. Sasha Baron Cohen also came along to continue the hilarious TV show.
- Red Dwarf. While the American remake of Red Dwarf was only one episode, Robert Llewellyn played the character Kryten in both the American and British versions of the sci-fi TV show. The original writers of Red Dwarf, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, also came along.
- The Weakest Link. The popular game show was a product of British television, so when it came to America in the year 2000, its stone-faced host Anne Robinson came along too. If only to say “You Are The Weakest Link. Goodbye!”