Is new Fox sitcom going to be lost in translation?
We’re already grimacing at the prospect of an American remake of The Inbetweeners, but us Brits should perhaps be more worried that the US is also making what is effectively a Stateside version of one of our most British of comedies, Gavin & Stacey.
The trailer for Us And Them has been revealed and we’re really not sure about it, even though it does star Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter. Ok, so the American Office ended up being a surprise success, and we have to hand it to them for pulling it off, but an American Inbetweeners? Gavin & Stacey? They go too far. As usual it looks like the comedy is going to lose all its subtlety with everything glammed up somewhat in what in the UK was traditionally a pretty humble, sweet natured comedy even as it made stars of Matt Horne and James Corden.
However, we’re perhaps being a bit curmudgeonly, The Independent seem to be think it looks promising, with a couple of genuinely funny moments that revolve around similar jokes that were on the British version. Even the names of everyone has stayed the same bar Bryn, who becomes Michael in America’s version. And maybe we should have more faith in the show, after all James Corden and Matt Horne are on as executive producers. So really the jury is still out. See what you think below.
James Corden [L] and Mathew Horne [R] Starred In The Original 'Gavin & Stacey'