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Old 08-05-2013, 19:04
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Lee Mack and Catherine Tate are to appear in a British remake of hit US sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond' called 'The Smiths'.

The BBC One pilot, written by Mack, will be recorded in front of a live audience on 28 May.

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Old 08-05-2013, 19:07
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They could have put more thought into the name.

I don't watch the show but my dad does so i've seen bits and pieces when i'm there.
I can't see a UK version working.
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:09
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Remakes never work.
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:10
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Sounds dire. Will be diire.

Why ?
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:30
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Depends how it is done

ITV remade US sitcoms in the '90's mostly by just taking the whole script and fiming that played by British Actors - so it did not work.

The Upper Hand (IIRC) was originally rewrites of the American "Who's the Boss" sitcom, but actually had new plots and storylines as the series progressed.

If they just take the character outlines and write a new comedy based on that, than it will be good.
But if they keep Debra as a bitch, then it won't work.

All in the Family/ Archie Bunker in the USA was based on 'Til Death us do Part, but was a new show - just the same original character outlines that Johnny Speight created, that ran for years and had many spinoffs.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:51
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Let's see... a British remake of an 18 year old show that's still on our screens daily on Channel 4.

BBC's logic for commissioning this is failing me...
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:53
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Can't stand 'Everybody Loves Raymond' or Catherine Tate, but I like Lee Mack.

2-1 defeat.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:19
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BBC's logic for commissioning this is failing me...
Me too, but mostly because it's such a generic premise - ordinary couple with kids, a funny big brother, and in-laws living across the street - it's hardly high-concept, is it?

That makes me think they'll have basically bought the scripts wholesale and will be just doing a quick British-isation, and use it as a regular space-filler if it does well... and they have over 200 scripts to choose from, too!
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:46
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Everybody Loves Raymond, but not everybody loves Lee Mack. He seems to have the same character/image in every TV show I have seen him in, whether it's a scripted sitcom or if he is presenting / appearing as a guest, so I can't see this working.

Also, what an absolutely terrible name for it.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:03
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Shame, i thought Morrissey & Marr were reforming!
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:34
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Let's see... a British remake of an 18 year old show that's still on our screens daily on Channel 4.

BBC's logic for commissioning this is failing me...
The logic is that the BBC is completely bereft of comedy talent and is incapable of producing anything worthwhile of their own.

Very sad state of affairs.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:41
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Wasn't Catherine Tate in the pilot of Not Going Out??
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:07
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Fcuk. What a bad joke. Both of those two need to be shaken. How completely unimaginative can you possibly be? Redo a show that has a nothing premise?

Somebody get Lee Mack a vehicle, FFS!
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:09
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Somebody get Lee Mack a vehicle, FFS!
Preferable with one forward gear, no reverse, no brakes and heading in the opposite direction to any camera and/or microphone.
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Old 09-05-2013, 16:56
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Everybody Loves Raymond, but not everybody loves Lee Mack. He seems to have the same character/image in every TV show I have seen him in, whether it's a scripted sitcom or if he is presenting / appearing as a guest, so I can't see this working.

Also, what an absolutely terrible name for it.
I agree. I don't mind him as a stand up or on WILTY or as a guest host/panelist. His sitcom seems to be in the US tradition of a joke every sentence which should suit him as he is basically a one liner comedian.
I haven't seen much of his sitcom but I wouldn't say it stretched his acting abilities.
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Old 09-05-2013, 17:53
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It could work but they need to change the title, ELR had a great cast and i think that will be needed for the remake,
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Old 09-05-2013, 18:38
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Shame, i thought Morrissey & Marr were reforming!
Most people over the age of 35 are going to think of the band when they hear The Smiths. What an unbelievably crass choice of name for this programme.
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Old 10-05-2013, 00:44
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...Lee Mack. He seems to have the same character/image in every TV show I have seen him in...
Well he does a strange character on "Anna & Katy" (in strange ~running skit, based on some oh-arent-the-continentals-strange? set in a hospital).

He's pretty good with it, though it's hardly "deep".

I don't mind him as a stand up or on WILTY or as a guest host/panelist. His sitcom seems to be in the US tradition of a joke every sentence which should suit him as he is basically a one liner comedian.

I haven't seen much of his sitcom...
It's okay (and just barely so, as it goes on). But as with the show this threadbrings to our attention, the "idea"/"sit(uation)" is uninspired, and so it's a waste of his talent, I think.

I like him. I like his stand up. He is great on WILTY.

But this sitcom mediocrity is really disappointing!
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:08
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Can't stand 'Everybody Loves Raymond' or Catherine Tate, but I like Lee Mack.

2-1 defeat.
Ditto
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Old 10-05-2013, 16:10
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Well he does a strange character on "Anna & Katy" (in strange ~running skit, based on some oh-arent-the-continentals-strange? set in a hospital).

He's pretty good with it, though it's hardly "deep".
I gave up on that show so haven't seen that sketch. I did see the German Countdown one which he appeared in but I think comparing acting in a sitcom to appearing as a cameo in a surreal sketch show is stretching it a little.
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Old 11-05-2013, 13:22
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Most people over the age of 35 are going to think of the band when they hear The Smiths. What an unbelievably crass choice of name for this programme.
I'm 21 and immediately thought that i'd missed a documentary about the band when I saw the thread title.
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Old 11-05-2013, 13:28
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Everybody Loves Raymond is one of my favourite shows - the actors and comedy are ceaselessy brilliant.
To have the likes of a desperately wooden Lee Mack and an over the top Catherine Tate reprising the roles of Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton is mis casting at it's very worst.

I wont watch this garbage when it airs - typical of the comedy writers in the country to have no original thinking
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Old 11-05-2013, 20:00
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Most people over the age of 35 are going to think of the band when they hear The Smiths. What an unbelievably crass choice of name for this programme.
I confess I'm 39 & thought this was going to be a doc about the band.

Shall leave this thread now as no further interest.
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Old 11-05-2013, 20:19
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Everybody Loves Raymond is one of my favourite shows - the actors and comedy are ceaselessy brilliant.
To have the likes of a desperately wooden Lee Mack and an over the top Catherine Tate reprising the roles of Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton is mis casting at it's very worst.

I wont watch this garbage when it airs - typical of the comedy writers in the country to have no original thinking
It will be interesting to see who plays Marie and Robbie- but I can't stand Catherine Tate so I won't be watching either.
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