I don't really understand why we cannot watch foreign TV (even when it's from an English speaking country) The new fall TV schedule is filled with American versions of foreign TV shows.
From the UK: Life on Mars, and the Eleventh Hour.
From Australia: Kath and Kim.
Why?? When I lived in London we'd watch Neighbors and Secret Life of Us (Australian) and all the American shows like Friends, CSI, etc etc in their original versions.
BBC America seems to be doing incredibly well. HBO just signed up to air the incredibly hilarious "Summer Heights High." Why do the networks believe that Americans are too stupid or not sophisticated enough to enjoy these series in their original form?
Ricky Gervais is in a new blockbuster movie. So there have to be Americans out there who know who he is and like him enough to go and see the movie. Otherwise the studios would have never cast him in the lead.
There's my rant. I'm not going to support these remakes. I think our original shows are better than remakes anyways. The Simpsons, 30 Rock, The Sarah Silverman Program. We don't need to steal from other countries.