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"Footballers' Wives" Remake Still in Play

"Footballers' Wives" Remake Still in Play


I was pretty surprised back in May when ABC announced its fall schedule without "Football Wives," a remake of the British series "Footballers' Wives" (pictured above). Now, it appears the network is reconsidering its decision to pass on the show: ABC has extended the options on its stars, including Gabrielle Union, Lucy Lawless, Ving Rhames and James Van Der Beek, which is typically a sign that a project is still in the running.

Maybe, the Hollywood Reporter suggests, ABC's sudden interest in the show can be explained by the fact that other networks — Fox and NBC among them — seem to be ready to snag it for themselves if ABC passes for good. After all, between "The Starter Wife" and "Army Wives," it's been a pretty great summer for wives on TV. If you want to see the original, it's airing this summer on BBC America.

Meanwhile, another British import finally has its leading man. Jason O'Mara — who was initially supposed to play the title character in "Marlowe," another pilot ABC passed on — now will star in David E. Kelley's remake of "Life on Mars," about a police detective who mysteriously travels back in time. I watched some of that show's first season on BBC America last summer and really enjoyed it, so I'm curious to see what happens with the American adaptation.

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