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Fox to Make American Version of Spaced


Fox will be rolling the dice on adapting the British series Spaced for American audiences. Spaced was a series that ran on Channel 4 for two seasons and sprung from the creative minds of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the duo behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The show follows a couple of strangers (played by Pegg and Jessica Hynes) who pretend to be married in order to rent an apartment.

The American version will be written by Will and Grace writer Adam Barr, but unlike The Office, for which Ricky Gervais is still a producer, neither Pegg nor Wright's name is anywhere to be found in this news.

Hopefully this will be as successful as The Office, but the cynic in me can't stop recalling that heinously neutered American version of Coupling that was on the air for a few disappointing minutes in 2003. I cringe at the idea of having another one of those on our hands. On the positive side, maybe this will finally get the complete series released on DVD in the US.

Any Spaced fans out there? What do you think of all this?

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tulipsaki tulipsaki 8 years
I hate Fox. When are these DVDs coming to the US?
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
Oh crap. Americans have this ucanny ability to RUIN British shows. Anyone remember Coupling?! The Office is the exception.
slumberlite slumberlite 9 years
I loved Spaced. However, I wouldn't waste the time to watch an American version of it. I think another one of the big American networks is doing a version of the British comedy "The IT Crowd". Another show that I loved. It is a complement (well deserved) to Brit T.V., but I wish it would just STOP already. Are we really that bereft of original ideas here?
lawnwranglergirl lawnwranglergirl 9 years
Oh no! This seems like a disaster in the making but on the bright side, maybe it will mean that the series will finally get a region 1 DVD release.
mellafe mellafe 9 years
A thousand times no. I haven't heard a single YES from anybody, fans or people who don't know the original show. it's such a bad idea, period. Fox being involved is just worse. Air the original.
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 9 years
I loved/love Spaced so much! I would love to give it a chance but only if Edgar or Symon were involved.
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
Agreed, catstarr. I loved Coupling (primarily because of Jeff) and the US version bit so hard it broke my little Jeff-loving heart.
Liz7757 Liz7757 9 years
This is just a genuinely horrible idea. Spaced was so original (and fantastic), that any other version will pale in comparison. And I agree that the fact that no one from the original is involved is disheartening. Can we get an Office-style hour and half long special instead? That would be amazing!
catstarr catstarr 9 years
coupling hurt my soul so badly. i don't want to see the same thing happen to spaced!!
Lavenderia Lavenderia 9 years
No no no no no no no!!! DON'T DO IT FOX. Adapting Spaced for US TV is COMPLETELY different to adapting The Office. The Office has an essential format which can be moulded and shaped to fit different markets (e.g. the different outlook of the two countries is reflected in the shows - the US is much more optimistic than the UK one). It can work anywhere (not saying it could be a success wherever it's adapted, just that it's possible to adapt it and make it specific to whichever country). Spaced is completely different. It can't work without Simon Pegg. It was so wonderfully weird and original. Also, Gervais and Merchant are executive producers and actually approve of the show. The fact that Pegg and Wright don't seem to be involved is bad bad bad. Spells doom. Just because one UK show survives the transatalantic crossing, it doesn't mean they all will. The Office is the exception, not the rule. Spaced is perfect, leave it be.
swwonder swwonder 9 years
Gawd, why-oh-why? It's just completely and utterly pointless. :oy:
licia licia 9 years
I've never seen this but I LOVE the guys in Shaun of the Dead! I'd much rather just try to see the original..
boxem180 boxem180 9 years
i agree. DO NOT WANT. it horrifies me that american tv has no original ideas anymore. as brilliant as the us version of the office is, nothing can compare to spaced so just leave it be. put it back on the shelf and walk away. quickly before i smack with a herring or something. (long day at work - ignore me)
Food Food 9 years
ugh! totally agree with krazykarot. do not want! this show is PERFECT as is. and yes, why no US box set? my region free dvd player busted so now i can't watch! ...although, i will say if it's as good as the US version of the office then maybe i'll have to change my mind. i'll give it a try, but with lots of hesitation.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
AUGH. do. not. want! spaced is pretty perfect and I can only imagine that this rehash of a brilliant british show will be as crappy as 98% of the other british knock offs. however, if they could release the box set of the original in the US that'd be super. I <3 me some Simon Pegg
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