Another British Import Hits the Scrapheap

70s drama Life on Mars axed

It was pretty so-so in its original form, I thought. They made it a little zippier in the US version, but it simply never caught on, and ABC killed it.

So – another one down. Add this to the worst comedy of all time, Coupling, game shows by the horrendous Ant and Dec and also Eamonn Holmes, and a bunch of personalities from Ann Robinson to Ainsley Harriott who tried to make it in America and fell short, and there’s a grim lesson to be learned.

Unfortunately, the British won’t learn it. You can’t just dump stuff on us and hope for the best. It has to be good too. Life on Mars wasn’t special, it was just more actors yakking. Drama’s costly, reality’s still popular, and cheap. A lot of actors need to start looking for second jobs. Their days are numbered on TV. Hopefully, the networks will think twice before importing any more dramas from the UK. Or anywhere else for that matter. 

The big-time British successes, such as Ricky Gervais and The Office, Simon Cowell and American idol, Piers Morgan on America’s Got Talent, and Gordon Ramsey, deserve to be popular because they’re authentic, extremely gifted, articulate, clever, and not just out to woo American audiences with their ‘act’. The losers – Ant and Dec, for instance – simply tried too hard and came here with insufficient charisma, talent, or material to make it. They weren’t up to the job and were sent packing by American audiences. Right now, Paul McKenna is making shows here. Another gifted guy. I hope the series takes off. 

After the demise of Life on Mars, next comes the American version of Absolutely Fabulous, which I predict will fail too. The BBC original ran for 36 episodes, beginning about 17 years ago. Loved that. It never gets old. But I already dislike the US version, to be called AbFab, and not one frame of it has been shot yet.

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2 responses to “Another British Import Hits the Scrapheap

  1. ifeelrhodspain

    Dude, don’t dismiss Twitter you need to get on it. You’re such a nutter you’d make for a hilarious “Tweeter”. You could get loads of followers and sell moar of your products into the bargain. Ask Wil Wheaton.

    Seriously, you can throw potshots at D-List to A-List celebs all day long… Tell Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher to GTFO, share nob gags with Stephen Fry, etc… It’s fun 😉

    • cashp

      But how would I have time? I’m busy writing and recording and filming. At what moment would I sit down and tell people I’m writing and recording and filming? It’s baffling to me. But I know everyone else loves it. And if it sells product…

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