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U.S. Remake Of BAFTA-Winning "Misfits" Likely To Happen . . . Regrettably

by Emmanuel Akitobi
October 19, 2011 7:30 AM
17 Comments
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According to The Daily Blam, a U.S. remake of the popular British dramedy Misfits is in the works. Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz reportedly will begin early pre-production for a pitch to American networks.

Misfits, which airs on channel E4, and has won several BAFTA awards, stars Nathan Stewart Jarrett, Antonia Thomas, Lauren Socha, Robert Sheehan, and Iwan Rheon, as young offenders sentenced to serve community service together, whose lives are changed forever by a freak storm. Ruth Negga and Zawe Ashton also make appearances during the show's first two series.

Question: Why do they have to go and mess up a good thing?!!

In my humble opinion, Misfits is one of the most clever, well-written shows on TV today. I would certainly not object to seeing Misfits aired, in its original form, on U.S. networks.

True, Misfits contains some offensive language and some sexuality, but that only makes it a perfect fit for cable networks like HBO, Showtime, or Cinemax. A watered-down, U.S. version of the show is not how viewers here should be intoduced to it.

If you haven't yet seen the show, and you like funny, well-written TV, do yourself a favor and check out Misfits on Hulu, before this knock-off concept becomes a reality.

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17 Comments

  • Big Popp | March 4, 2012 4:52 AMReply

    Agreed!

  • Misfits > Heroes | January 16, 2012 10:50 AMReply

    DO NOT WANT!!!!!

  • Ruth | November 3, 2011 6:04 AMReply

    We have no other choice.
    We must go to war with America.

  • Cris | October 23, 2011 4:57 AMReply

    This will be a friggin waste of tv time. I am already mad that I actually spent time trying to think of what U.S. actor/actresses could play the roles. I came up with no one! Hollywood has just barely skated by with fairly successful shows like Heroes and Chuck with the whole super powers themes. But I doubt they would do Misfits any justice. Just run the original on BBC and call it a day! Geez!

  • Christina | October 20, 2011 7:59 AMReply

    I DO NOT want this to happen. Its an incredibly perfect show. I am happy that it was made available on Hulu for people in America to watch but remaking a good thing is a waste of time and money. If it does happen it will be butchered to death and will be a huge joke.

  • loreen | October 20, 2011 4:00 AMReply

    I really hope this doesn't happen

  • Rinny | October 20, 2011 3:34 AMReply

    Not my precious Misfits! The proof is in the pudding, U.S. remakes of already great U.K. shows don't work (Excluding the Office). MTV's Skins flopped and there was even a remake of The IT CROWD! Can you believe that?! Oh the horror! Just import the shows as they are! What is so hard about that?! It's as if they think Americans don't understand English. Although Cockney can be a bit difficult to understand at times...I digress. Don't let it happen captain!

  • Misfits > Heroes | January 16, 2012 10:56 AM

    Remakes of Fawlty Towers and Life on Mars both bombed in North America as well. There's every chance Misfits will go the way of the dodo once remade and watered down for American audiences as well. However it could also be a success and run for seasons and seasons the way The Office did and outlast the original by years. Let's hope not.

    Cockney is not that difficult to understand. Neither is Robert Sheehan's Irish brogue. What is difficult to understand is whatever the Hell Kelly's accent is. Granted I've gotten used to it as I'm sure we all have.

  • Ohthehorror! | October 20, 2011 3:27 AMReply

    Why in the name of all that is holy does Hollywood have to go and ruin perfectly great shows from across the pond!!!

  • vicki | October 20, 2011 1:20 AMReply

    No! Please No. Make it stop! It's simply not okay. There's already a Misfits!! We have our 5 super heros. Go think of something else; something new and original! I am an American. I live in the U.S. This won't work Mr. Schwartz. You are, how do you say? ... "c o p y i n g". Are we the only country that makes American versions of foreign tv and movies? Ugh. You are making very tasty become very bland. I love you Misfits. and the writers of misfits. My apologies for the potential destruction of a unique and very entertaining idea. U.S. producers , with all of your resources I'm sure you can come up with something new and original. So very sophomoric :(

  • AfroStyling | October 19, 2011 11:51 AMReply

    It is going to be a watered down mess of a show. Any fan of Misfits knows the American audience is not ready for this brand of humor AT ALL! They need to be like BBC/SyFy and just air the episodes like they do with Merlin. The only US remake that has actually lasted is The Office. Damn hollywood...where is your originality? Where is your talent?

  • Mecca | October 19, 2011 8:46 AMReply

    Oh and the "Being Human" US/Canadian version sucks!

  • Mecca | October 19, 2011 8:45 AMReply

    Maureen,

    Oh, I was so disappointed with the MTV version of Skins.

    I have to admit though that I am a fan of the US version of "The Office".

  • Jai | October 19, 2011 8:37 AMReply

    Even though I've never seen the show I agree w/ Maureen. I'm still mad the US messed up the british sitcom Coupling, I think they aired 2 episodes.

    If they ever decided to remake Luther I will NOT watch it!!!

  • Duncan MaNutz | October 19, 2011 8:22 AMReply

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  • Maureen | October 19, 2011 8:16 AMReply

    I agree with you!!! If the US wants to bring the show over they need to leave it as is... Just air the ORIGINAL Misfits!!!

    Look at what they did to Skins, a perfect UK show & they completely destroyed it on MTV. Proof was in the ratings that it was horrible.
    So many of my friends were dying to see the MTV version till I directed them to Netflix to watch the ORIGINAL Skins. I have already put them on to Misfits & are hooked watching it on Hulu.

  • Jasmin | October 19, 2011 8:14 AMReply

    Can't say I didn't see this coming. Sigh.

    And without the hilarity of Robert Sheehan, I'm not sure how great the UK version will be going forward.

    Alas, those first few seasons may be all we have...

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