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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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lebellanina lebellanina 10 years
Just saw couple of episodes of footballer's wives... Paolo is HOT. Love him. Eva is creepy. New episode next week - Paolo dumps eva for Tania!
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Whoops, thanks Nitachequita!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 10 years
That's JASON O'Mara, whom I loved in The Agency (even though the show wasn't that great). He was totally charming in Men in Trees so I'm looking forward to checking out Life on Mars!
soulight soulight 10 years
Does anyone remember the disaster remaking BBC's Coupling was on tv? It was because they couldn't recreate the same racy nature of the show for the prude US audience (or should I say censors?). Hopefully Football wive's will remain in the same spirit of the original.
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
Agreed carito8! It's a horrible idea trying to remake this show. I will not be watching.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
Those ladies look mean!
carito8 carito8 10 years
I don't think is a good idea...I mean that show is just too good and outrageous there's no way that an American version can top the British one.... Zoe Lucker is amazing as Tania I love her! So crazy, sexy and trashy that it is wonderful. I'll stay with the original!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
The adaptation of Life on Mars could be quite interesting; the BBC original and its look back at the 70s was good viewing.
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