From Variety comes news that America’s most loathed network, FOX, has picked up rights to remake arguably my favorite sitcom of all time for American audiences. Even if you’re not familiar with Spaced, you may be aware of the creative team behind it, several of whom went on to make Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I’d count Spaced as superior to both, but that may be simply because I prefer the serial format to films.
In a comment on his MySpace page, Spaced director Edgar Wright said “The interesting part of that is, no-one has been in touch with me at all. Haven’t deigned to get in contact. So my involvement is indeed very unclear.” So if Edgar, Simon Pegg, and Jessica Stevenson aren’t involved, who is? According to Variety, it’s a creative collaboration between Adam Barr (“Will & Grace,” “Desperate Housewives”) and McG (“The OC,” “Chuck”).
Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.
Chuck has grown on me, it’s true, but it’s still a far cry from Spaced. And just because someone does a good job, say, watering my plants doesn’t mean I want them to raise my children. And Will & Grace and Desperate Housewives? That’s only a positive if I consider the fact that they could have gone with whatever brilliant minds sit behind ‘Til Death or King of Queens. At least we end up with a show that will only be groan-inducingly bad, rather than making people actively contemplate taking their lives.