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Fuck MCSPACED. Seriously.

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Sorry for the bluntness of that headline, but I’m having trouble wrapping my head around this one. If you haven’t been following the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the American remake of the classic Channel 4 sitcom SPACED, you’ve missed some pretty juicy stuff. The first time I ever heard of Edgar Wright, it was well before SHAUN OF THE DEAD existed. My manager slipped me tapes of this show called SPACED and told me I should watch them and then, if I liked them, maybe talk to this guy named Edgar. As I watched both series of the show over the course of one long weekend, I felt like I had been introduced to a long-lost friend I didn’t know I had. How did he know all those inside jokes between me and my buddies? How did he manage to speak our particular geek code even though we were from totally different places? I found myself riveted not because I felt like the show was about people I knew... but because I felt like it was about people I knew AND IT WAS FUCKING GREAT. All I’ve ever wanted was a bells-and-whistles DVD release of the original series here in the US. Music rights issues made that impossible for a long time, and just as the news came down that we’ll finally see it happen in the near-future, word also broke that the show was going to be remade for American audiences. More importantly, word broke that Edgar, Simon Pegg, and Jessica Stevenson would not be involved in any way, and that even if they wanted to be involved, they wouldn’t be allowed. Huh? I’ll let Pegg explain first. Not convinced? Check out what Jessica had to say. Shocking, isn’t it? Well, now Collider’s got a review up of the pilot script for this American remake, and you should check it out:

In case you’re curious… Matt wrote a review of the pilot script for Spaced (the US remake) steve

Yes, we here at AICN are mighty fond of Pegg and Wright and Stevenson, but this is just wrong on any level. With THE OFFICE, at least Merchant and Gervais were involved. They retained producer’s credits on this, and one has to hope that if they had dug their heels in after seeing a pilot and screamed, “OH GOD NO!” someone might have listened. The only reason you are considering an American remake of SPACED, McG, is because there was an original. Instead of pissing on the people who created it, how about involving them and making sure that you don’t burn down the only fanbase the show has? Right now, I can confidently predict that unless things change, I won’t see one second of this show, and I’ll wager there are a number of fans who feel the same. Do the right thing, McG. It’s not too late.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 17, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST

    But are you really surprised?

    by Aloy

    I mean it would take a miracle to do it right over here.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:04 a.m. CST

    McG= Hack Retard

    by redfist

    If you just figured that out...damn. We are Marshall was a fluke.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Hey redfist...

    by Horace Cox

    Don't insult retards by comparing them to McG. Show those poor window licking short bus riders a little more respect than that, please.<p> Aside from that, you are correct that We Are Marshall was a fluke. But as the old saying goes: the sun even shines on dog's ass every once in a while.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Doesn't sound that horrible...

    by Tourist

    ...Just rude and unfortunate. The script review pretty much sums it up as being a copy of the original. The complaints seem to be about money, but they admit they signed away any money they could have made from it. So they really don't have a say. Its not really going to affect the quality of the show. The U.S. version of The Office is dreadful, and that had the involvement of the original creators. This may seem like I find the whole thing kind of blase, but U.S. networks bastardising international TV is pretty much how its been for decades. While I feel for them not getting the money they probally deserve, since their creative ideas are being recycled, they at least got to make their original show (and fame and fortune) the first time around. I mean, its not like giant corporations are known for handing out money they dont have to just because its fair. I should note that its all moot as far as I'm concerned since I watch all my TV through DVD's and usually rent before purchasing. So, Wright and crew already got my cash and if the American version is just the same show with better lighting and different accents, I cant imagine I'll be rushing out to purchase it.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by BurgerKing

    come up with an idea of your own maybe? k thanks, get back to me on that one.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:20 a.m. CST




  • March 17, 2008, 2:20 a.m. CST


    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Yea. What an injustice. Is Jabba the princess? Pricess greatness that is being pissed on.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Pegg's gonna ruin Star Trek

    by skywalkerfamily

    The whole cast looks retarded. At least the TOS classic cast was older and had more experience. I'm sick of these teenage space ship shows.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Hey, collider getting a shout out

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    love that site.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST


    by odo19

    with the the bullshit about the new Trek cast being teenagers. Half of them are over thirty for fucksakes. Seriously can you morons stop exaggerating.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    ARGH! Someone somewhere has to find McG and beat some sense (and a surname) into him -- the fucking scumbag.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    McSpaced will win an Emmy

    by hamslime

    You can blame the success of The Office and American Idol for this by the way.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST

    I find it hard to tell the difference between Ricky Gervais, Sim

    by DarthBakpao

  • March 17, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Who the hell is McSpaced anyway?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Never heard of it.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Sad thing is, this is what's bringing us Terminator 4

    by Han Cholo

    Anything McG touches is FUCKED!!! Fucking find someone with some talent already, shit.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Whats one got to do with the other...

    by Tourist

    ...This issue is about cash not quality. McG's movies were pretty okay, so I'm sure Terminator at worst will be pretty okay, which would put it on par with the last one and one up on the crappy TV show. Spaced? Well, not paying bonuses to the guys who created it doesnt affect it one way or the other. His really bad TV shows like Supernatural however are an indication of how wrong this version could be.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST


    by Babyshamble

    I've never understood American remakes which are so close to the original. Just show the original for christs sake! Granted the U.S version of the office has become it's own separate show now but that's because minor characters have been fleshed out over the years, and Gervais and Merchant have had an input. However that's pretty much the only example I can think of that worked, other occasions where British shows have been remade so closely as to mimic the original, have failed. I.E. Cold Feet, Coupling, As If, - these shows are all good enough to just be shown as they are. What? Can't American's handle the accent? This is why a lot of American's have a ridiculous old fashioned view of British society, they aren't exposed to contemporary British work. Whereas we have American culture shoved down our throats. If Peep show, Skins, Gavin and Stacey, Doctor Who, This Life, Shameless, The Thick of It or Life on Mars are touched it'll be a disgrace. In fact do yourself a favour and find the dvd's now before it happens - especially Peep Show and Life on Mars. Eurgh, the U.S version of Queer as Folk sucked too. Check out the original if you can, Russel T Davies is a fantastic writer.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    When America remakes something

    by skywalkerfamily

    It tries to suck all the life out of it, and dumb it down as much as possible.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    I meant Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright...

    by DarthBakpao

  • March 17, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    RE: The Office.

    by lucky_cosmonaut

    Gervais and Merchant are credited as EXECUTIVE producers, as they are with the many versions of The Office that have been licensed around the world. IMO the U.S version is superior in many ways, and that was without their creative influence. Not saying that the U.S Spaced is going to be better or even as good as the original though - just saying.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck does McG think he is?

    by IndustryKiller!

    He's the fucking loser who made the Charlie's Angels films and produced the OC. Thanks for the crap. Instead of fucking over talented artists who have made, in their short time in the spotlight, more incredible material than you could fathom making on your own, howsabout you just sit back and let the big boys handle it?

  • March 17, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Wow, Mori has turned this site into his personal blog.

    by Mike_D

    shouldnt this be in the tv section with hercules?

  • March 17, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Fair Fucked. Should never have happened.

    by MMacKK

    Fucking outrageous. People will watch the original and laugh at how poor this remake will be. And laugh because the other is just so good. All the Pop culture refrences...weill be gone and dusted for good.

  • March 17, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    If McG is the Michael Bay of T.V.

    by hamslime

    and Michael Bay is the Kenny Loggins of film, does that make Kenny Loggins the McG of rock?

  • March 17, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    you amercians...

    by billyhitchcock to fuck our shit right-royally up don't you :-(

  • March 17, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Cant wait to see who they'll get to play the perma e'd up raver

    by bongo123

    with the heavy norn iron accent... the original was pure class and totally hilarious but then again we here in the UK tend to make some pretty cutting edge cool as fuck comedys... Red Dwarf anyone?

  • March 17, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I mean, those three letters say it all don't they?

  • March 17, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Down with this sort of thing!

    by drwilliamweir

    Careful, now.

  • March 17, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Thank you Aintitcoolnews

    by infra172

    Without knowing they sucked before they aired I might not have known to avoid the remakes of The Office and Battlestar Galactica. Thank you!

  • March 17, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    D O A

    by quantize


  • March 17, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by infra172

    Seriously, cylons that look human? Come on! That's got to be crap! The guy from the Daily Show as the boss? Must be shit!

  • March 17, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    More ammo for our McG hatred

    by Mullah Omar

    Seriously, how does this guy NOT get hate for the films he makes? Is there a McG bandwagon out there? Who is on it?

  • March 17, 2008, 3:42 a.m. CST

    MOR: Who gives a fuck whether we watch it or not?

    by silentbobafett2

    I agree with everything you say, but we shouldn't big our selves up to much!!!!! So gives a fuck if a bunch of fanboys and Brit comedy lovers don't watch it! If this scores big, it scores big, if it doesn't - it doesn't! I doubt very much if JOE BLOGGS in OHIO gives a fuck if the orginal English people had ANYTHING to do with it!

  • March 17, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Here's a show i would like to see

    by quantize

    One where McG's head is impaled on an enormous rusty fuck with THIS 'property' in THAT manner is simply mentally challenged and demonstrates an ego functioning in a vacuum. Get some souls you mutherfuckers.

  • March 17, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    I want to fuck Edgar's girlfriend

    by DOGSOUP

    I'm sure anyone else who has seen the video for "Behave" does too

  • March 17, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    "the right thing" = repeats of the original.

    by ironic_name

  • March 17, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST

    DAMN YOU... MCG!

    by Stupendous Man

    for t4 without arnie. And for this..altho i have no idea what this is about! :)

  • March 17, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    True, infra172 perhaps

    by comedian_x

    we shouldn't prejudge this show, but look at the facts: original creators shut out (bad sign for any hope of fidelity), McG involved ( the closest thing he has produced to Spaced would be the Buy-More sections of Chuck and that wasn't very good.)

  • March 17, 2008, 4:37 a.m. CST


    by TinSpider

    What a cunt. What a fucking shithouse. This is going to do more damage to his rep than good. Pegg,Wright and Stevenson were essential to the success of that show, as John Cleese was to Fawlty Towers. Fucking idiots.

  • March 17, 2008, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Spaced is Brit comedy at its best

    by Razorback

    The thing is, the show fits well into American humor and does not need to be remade, unlike The Office or Three's Company. I know Americans who have seen Spaced, who have never liked Brit humor, but LOVE this show. It just works here. It doesn't need to be Americanized.

  • March 17, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Ridiculous and pointless without Wright's involvement

    by KillaKane

    Spaced is a distinctly British property, what is the point of attempting to adapt this for the US market without the creative direction of the original team? Just for the usage of it's title and a few token geek pastiches, this is going to tank.

  • March 17, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST


    by ianrewel

    fuck fuck fuck fuck why fuck why? fuck fuck fuckballs, balls that fuck, why? damn piss cunt shit asshole cum taint ann coulter

  • March 17, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Epitome of unprofessionalism

    by kafka07

    McG, WB and all involved in this shameful theft better hurry and repair what you can, before we all throw you in the same vile pit of no return as Uwe Boll, if we haven't thrown you there already. For shame.

  • March 17, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    Spaced was a very subtle show ....

    by wowsah156

    that touchec a lot of cultural issues for 20/30 somethings. And it was done in a gentle way. McG doesnt understand even 2% of what Spaced was about. And i wager the network wouldnt know where to start in marketing Spaced. American networks leave Spaced well the fuck alone. Its not for your kind. Let the Americans get imported copies form london if needs be, but dare even tghink about making Spaced for America. It wont work. The only show even close to what Spaced was about was ironically South Park. NAh McG, your just a puppet for a cocained movie executive.

  • March 17, 2008, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Hehwo, Brian...

    by Kubla_Khan

    McG, Wright and Pegg will now make it one of their many missions to ruthlessly take the piss out of you and everything you're involved in for the next ten years. Do you really want that to happen, given that they have so dedicated a fanbase, and given that you're trying to start a new Terminator franchise? Or don't you give a shit? I guess, probably not. But there's a scarily large and vocal fanbase of Spaced, and I suspect you will find that, if you don't at least get Wright and Pegg involved, there will be a very, very tiny audience for this in the end. And BANG! Cancellation.

  • March 17, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Martin Gervais is tosser

    by darrenspool

    Instead, it'll be Terminator by McG and Ricky Martin.

  • March 17, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Mickey with his dicky

    by darrenspool

    I too have read the script. My reactions slightly less even-tempered than yours, I'm afraid, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts you're on the money. There's a fine line ...

  • March 17, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    The trouble is Mori...

    by ELGordo

    Is that Joe Schmo doesn't know what Spaced is nor does he have interest in it because it's "foreign". The US Office is an unfunny remake of a brilliant show, but it is very popular for some reason, most likely due to Carrell. So I'm sure the Spaced remake will be popular if they get likeable actors involved. I'm not a fan of the original Spaced, didn't think it was really that funny but I am a big fan of their films. And I've never understood this McHate.

  • March 17, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST

    I think its less the accent...

    by Tourist

    ...And more the production values. British shows look cheap and nasty. I don't mind, I'm accustomed to them, however people who are accustomed to the generic american sitcom look may be turned off by having to watch something slightly different. Although, in this day and age, I wouldn't think it wouldnt be as big an issue, especially when you look at the fanbase of a show like Spaced. I really don't get why people are pissed at the lack of involvement by the british team. They were already involved in the BRITISH version. Go watch that. This is an American version, so why the fuck would you want the british crew coming aboard in any regard anyway. It defeats the purpose.

  • March 17, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Veronica had Mars, Jericho had nuts...

    by RolloTomassi

    ...So how about we find anyone involved in this project and stuff them so full of Jaffa Cakes and Twiglets that they're incapable of producing a remake.

  • March 17, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Is McG even aware of this?

    by tonagan

    After reading the articles, it's still hard to tell.

  • March 17, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by Ray Gamma

    see? it's catching on

  • March 17, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Moriarty huh??

    by Windowlicker74

    "I found myself riveted not because I felt like the show was about people I knew... but because I felt like it was about people I knew" I read that 8 times and still don't get it

  • March 17, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    They signed away all their rights...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...therefore, in legalese, fuck 'em. Sure, it would be darn nice if we all lived in fluffy happy bunny land where everyone was treated with respect and all the people who deserved recognition and money got their due, but we don't, we live in know what the fuck you're signing before you sign it land, and the only reason that these guys are getting any sort of support despite the fact that they knowingly signed away all their damn rights to begin with, is because they've been adopted by the geek community. And much as I hate McG as a, ugh, 'film-maker', he didn't steal anything here, he purchased the rights for Spaced from the legitimate and legal rights holders and owners, so he has done nothing wrong here. I hate McG, I think he's a waste of oxygen, a useless film-maker, and an utter fucking prat with a stupid fucking name, but that doesn't make him in the wrong in this case. <p>You want to bitch and moan at someone, how about Pegg, Stevenson and Wright who were so quick and happy to sign that they sold it all off in the first place? Or, if they were happy to do so at the time (which I imagine they were) how about for being ungrateful prats given that this is the show that not only helped get them into the positions they are today, but also helped set them on a path that made them all quite rich, and gave them widespread fame, so it's not like the show, that they sold, hasn't already paid them back in that regard. No, they have their fame and their successful careers, and now they want even more money as well, as if the network that funded their show and gave them their biggest opportunity should be grateful to them rather than the other way around. <p>Fact is, people don't bitch for the writers or director or stars of an older movie to get paid and be involved when hollywood remakes a film of theirs, nor when an old tv show gets turned into a movie, but here there's an outcry simply becuase these guys are popular with the geek fanbase, and because they've been adopted by said fans as "one of us" (well, okay, three of us). But if that wasn't the case, if these were just your ordinary everyday folks who voluntarily signed a contract that caused them to miss out on more money down the track then no one would give a flying fuck. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.<p>Well, that's my view anyway, and now the Pegg/Wright/ Stevenson/Spaced devotees can rip into me with a variety of swearwords and insults ad nauseum, as I'm sure they will...

  • March 17, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    US Remakes of british humour fail

    by messi

    I know some people like the office remake but the british Office is a masterpiece. And it's all David Brent.

  • March 17, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Anyone who calls himself "McG" deserved to be bitch-slapped

    by SpyGuy

    And if you try to make a half-assed U.S. version of a British cult classic like SPACED, there had better be some form of prison rape involved as well.

  • March 17, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Sorry, DESERVES not "deserved"

    by SpyGuy

    Fuck, I'm so pissed about this I can't even type properly.

  • March 17, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I hear the US is remaking Shaun of the Dead.

    by Knuckleduster

    It's gonna be called Shaun of the Dead.

  • March 17, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST

    This is the Hollywood way

    by ebolamonkey

    Take credit for something you didn't do and leave as much of an opening as possible to pass the buck. If the show succeeds McG and cronies can say "We knew how to make this an American show" and if it fails "It was too British for American audiences". Almost every producer on the planet buys someone else's creativity, puts other people's creativity to work on it, and then either takes the credit or blames the creatives. This is how Hollywood works. I hope the show crashes and burns, personally, but someone managed to get a sale on the property and get it into production and I'm sure there's a lot of panicking and second guessing because they don't have a group as talented as the original working on it.

  • March 17, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    McG can't be all bad.

    by Mosquito March

    He produces SUPERNATURAL. That's a good fucking show.

  • March 17, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Original Spaced hits DVD in US this summer

    by Jack Burton

    As long as the original is finally coming out over here who cares? At best we get another Office at worst; Coupling. You're spending way too much time worrying about remakes. As long as the remake doesn't block the original from continuing to be viewable and purchased then why does it matter? Hollywood is going to keep doing it no matter what the fans think because they make money. The Fog, The Hitcher, Halloween, TCM, Hills Have Eyes, The Eye, etc, all atrocious remakes that had a good open and all are largely forgotten now. Move on, there's plenty of other stuff to get fired up about.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    There is no fucking way Americans can screw this up. We are by far the superior race when it comes to Entertainment. And McG is mein fuhrer leading me onto the spacship riding Hale-Bopp's wave. America FUCK YEAH!

  • March 17, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Consider McSpaced boycotted

    by uVa

    Seriously, did they expect no flack at all from Pegg/Hynes etc? If so, they are as stupid as they are disrespectful. If Simon Pegg (who is making a name for himself as an international star) puts out a public statement saying he's fucking pissed off, fans are going to listen.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    What's really sad...

    by DocPazuzu that only we geeks care about this. Joe Shmoe couldn't give a shit about the original and will probably think the remake is "awesome". Unfortunately, this isn't going to hurt McG in the slightest. On the contrary; he's on a fucking roll.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I was there at the start, back in 1999

    by DirkD13"

    I was just 20 when Spaced first aired, and I fell in love with it instantly, (mind you I had been a Simon Pegg fan since We Know Where You Live on 5), because it felt like it had been written especially for me. No US remake is ever going to change the 14 episodes we already have of the best British show ever made, in any genre. I can only hope that Jazzy Jess and The Fresh Pegg write a one-off special in about 5 years time, just to let us fans know what became of the gang.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Fanbase threatened by this? No, doesn't work that way.

    by GimmeABreak

    "Instead of pissing on the people who created it, how about involving them and making sure that you don’t burn down the only fanbase the show has?" Moriarty, how about the creators don't *want* to be involved and the fanbase (judging by the comments to Edgar's blog, for example) has gotten stronger rallying support for them!

  • March 17, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    I don't know the behind the scenes antics here, but McG certainly comes off as an asshole of monumental proportions. Is this the way he approaches all remakes? Because if it is, he just dropped onto my shitlist and made me skeptical of T4.<p> I'm a voice in the wind, I realize. Unimportant. Not worth considering in larger production issues. But I was willing to give McG a break on his role in T4, though three films instead of one seems stupid and fan-boyish instead of well-planned. I'm hoping he gives credit to, or at least seeks the advice of people who worked on other Terminator films.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    There's a fanbase for this show outside of the UK? Since when?

  • March 17, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by sambrook

    Peep Show had a Fox pilot which failed but might be picked up by cable. Life on Mars is being redone by David Kelly. The Thick of It had a pilot done for Showtime (I think) and is being shopped around (but that at least had Mitch Hurwitz and Christopher Guest involved). Gavin and Stacey is definitely being remade for US network TV. And let's face it, that Paul McGann TV movie was a luckily-failed attempt to make Doctor Who for American audiences. I agree though, it's a disgrace. The Office is the only US remake I can think of that worked and that's because it became it's own thing with the original's spirit. And Gervais and Merchant are still involved creatively (they wrote a Season 3 episode).

  • March 17, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Fuck McOFFICE

    by WhoDis

    All it did was steal people away from watching the original. Wahhnnnn I can't sit still and decipher English accents, wahhhnnnn.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I felt the same way about the Office ...

    by cowboyone

    and then the US version was pretty decent. Chill out.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I love these guys too, but the thing is

    by David Cloverfield

    they've signed away they rights. They got money for it. The geek outrage makes them look like terrible sellouts AND crybabies. So people should really tone it down.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, guys -- Ignorance doesn't make you right.

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    Just because you haven't heard of the show or seen it, makes your points made completely moot. Go watch it and indulge yourself. You should absolutely love it. It's a great show. One of my all time favorites.

  • March 17, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    And now a word or two from Neil Simon

    by ArcadianDS

    It has come to my attention that a few fellows in England, specifically Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, took one of my brilliant works and redressed it as a British sit-com a few years ago. Now, I'm not exactly ANGRY in any litigious way, but the fact that they would have the audacity to rewrite The Odd Couple and not even give me a telephone call to ask for my thoughts or inputs and ideas - well it all seems very rude and insulting. I wasn't asking for a job as executive producer of Spaced or anything like that - hell, I didn't even want any money for it (I'm doing quite well), but just the fact that these two British lads would do this to me is just inconsiderate and disrespectful.<p> To suggest that my legions of fans who love and adore both the stage productions of The Odd Couple as well as the television program that was based upon it - To suggest that they would embrace Spaced without having any input or insights or contributions from me is rather presumptive and pays little respect to the source material and to its many fans.<p> I just wish Mr Pegg and Mr Wright the best, but I would have been happier if they had found something of their own and made a success of it instead of rewriting the work of others, and then ignoring its creators.<p> sincerely, Neil Simon

  • March 17, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Original is great...

    by Philvis

    I lived in the UK when the original was on tv there 7-8 years ago. I loved them and was disappointed it ended with the 2nd series, but that seems to be the norm for a lot of shows there. When I first read about them making an American version a few months back on here I just cringed. Some things just do not translate. Spaced is more of a nuevo British comedy and there is no way it will translate for the American audience. Even in the UK, Spaced had a limited audience, so how is it expected to do well here in the States??? They are trying to remake a niche British comedy into an American one. The Office was different because the American version took the British idea, but made it there own, and honestly, I think it is better than the British one overall. You cannot do that with Spaced. It just won't work. It will just be a poorly done knock off. McG needs to be banned from anything other than MTV videos or Charlie's Angels movies...I don't like either so I don't have to worry about watching them.

  • March 17, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    by RK_Maroon

    Ditto. Sincerely, Miller & Boyette (Bosom Buddies)

  • March 17, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    "Series" = "season" in the US

    by Mister Man

    Shall we start calling soccer, "Football"?

  • March 17, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    It won't work

    by catlettuce4

    The original was pretty obscure here in the UK (at least until word got around), I can't see it bringing in the ratings the US networks require - it'd be like making a US version of Black Books. Would be funny if Simon, Edgar and Jess made a jab at the US version of Spaced in their next multi-million-dollar movie though...

  • March 17, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    NBC OFFICE Is The Dumbed Down Version For Middle America

    by LaserPants

    Its still pretty funny, though. The BBC version is a hundred times funnier and smarter, but the NBC version is pretty funny too. Just dumbed down and more slapsticked up. Americans typically need to be blugeoned with their entertainment. Subtle, dry, restrained wit perplexes most Americans, makes them feel uneasy. You gotta hit them over the head with a sledgehammer or they get confused and start shooting people and/or praying to Jeebus.

  • March 17, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by Billy Batts

    I think I speak for all Americans when I extend a hearty 'FUCK YOU' to you and all the other British snobs just like you.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I don't understand

    by Automaton Overlord

    I don't understand the hate for Charlie's Angels. It's a comedy for god'sake. People act like it was supposed to be the next Matrix and failed to deliver. It's about girls in tight clothes delivering one-liners while flying through the air. duh. </p> I agree the name McG is preposterous. I also agree that he is aparently unqualified to helm a terminator movie, but that's no reason to hold his previous endevours to a standard they were not intended to meet.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I hated the idea of the Office remake too

    by wash

    And the pilot didn't even change my mind either. It wasn't until new scripts started airing, and Steve Carrel started to own the character did it get my respect. But I think it still a safe bet to say this will be a disaster, primarily because of the lack of original creator's involvement, and fucking McG of course.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    The one thing that could make this cool

    by Series7

    Is if they somehow get Crispin Glover to play Mark Heap's part. BUT something tells me they are going to use a younger cast, probably end up with someone like Joel Moore. Either way Pegg and Frost are going to impossible to re-cast.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    The level of American bashing...

    by Burgundy82

    ...on this board is fucking ridiculous. And I say that as a hardcore liberal firmly of the so-called "blame America first" crowd. Look, fuck the masses. There are plenty of intelligent people over here with good taste, and just because one American fuckbag with a stupid fucking name chose to remake what is admittedly a British work of genius without the creators' blessing doesn't give any of you the right to make xenophobic generalizations about the populous of the entire country. Yeah, there are a lot of morons over here, and they vastly outnumber the people with brains, but name me one country that ISN'T like that. I mean, isn't "My Family" some shttteriffic "According to Jim"-style Britcom that's been on for like eight fucking years? Don't forget, America is the motherfucking birthplace of "Arrested Development." We strike (fried) gold sometimes, too.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais prefers American comedies

    by BrowncoatJedi

    He's said in several interviews that his favorite comedies are American (Arrested Development, Simpsons, Curb Your Enthusiasm). There's a lot of shitty English product that just doesn't make it over here. Overall, we have the talent and the money to occasionally create some awesome stuff. And American Office is brilliant in it's own way. Not better or worse, just in different ways than British Office.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    no way will it work

    by StovetopStuffin'

    the remake of The Office worked because a majority of people in america work in offices and they also quickly changed the style so that it was almost a spinoff. The Office: Scranton. A Spaced remake won't work because A)The original cast was lightning in a bottle. B)McG is likely just going to make it a rival against Chuck and that Big Bang show, where we'll basically be poking fun at the geeks. Spaced was about embracing the geekiness. and C) The original cast was lightning in a fucking bottle! Don't remake it! I'm not gonna watch. I AM going to buy the DVDs though. God I loved that show. I felt so sad when it ended.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    People who complain of British sitcoms

    by skimn

    becoming "Americanized" have no sense of history, or are just woefully ignorant. Anyone recall All In The Family and Sanford And Son were based on British sitcoms?? Of course that was pre-BBC availability/DVD, so no one was getting pissy about it back then. This will either succeed ala The Office, or fail, like Coupling, Men Behaving Badly, fill-in-the-blank,etc......As someone said, if Pegg and company got paid, then whats the deal?? Another bad sitcom?? I guess the apocalypse is sooner than I thought.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    For those wondering why we're making a big deal about this

    by Reel American Hero

    So, you're either not a fan, or never heard of this show before. Or option c: one of those people who writes about what the non fan, Joe Schmoe from Nebraska will think about the show. For those aforementioned up there, look at it from this perspective. Think of the thing you love the most. Have that picture in your head? Okay, now say someone is coming along and making their own version of that very thing, but without the heart, soul, and energy that went into making that thing you love so great in the first place. That is why this will fail. It might, possibly get better over time, like the american version of The Office, which got better once it found it's own identity apart from just being a remake. Time will tell I suppose. Oh, and one last thing, this site isn't for those that care about what Joe Schmoe thinks of a project. They get, or should get their entertainment news from entertainment weekly.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Sensitive Americans

    by LaserPants

    Wow, what a bunch of pussies. Btw, I'm an American, just not a pussy. I'm just one of that rare few of us who is able to poke fun of how idiotic the vast majority of our citizens are. For example of this mass idiocy, see the fact that Dubya, the worst leader in world history, was elected not once, but TWICE. Sure, it was by a slim margin each time, but still.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by Burgundy82

    He was elected ONCE.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Wow, Simon Pegg sounds really well-spoken.


    His piece is really eloquent and 100% correct. I'd love to see the show on DVD, as I've heard great things. A remake can simply be ignored. People go on and on about Apatow these days, but from "Shaun" and "Fuzz," these guys are the best in comedy right now. Because they go above and beyond comedy.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Re: Sensitive Americans

    by Burgundy82

    My point exactly, WE'RE Americans. And yet, somehow, we're not slackjawed idiots. Crazy thought: What if the ratio of People Who Suck to People Who Don't Suck hovers around the same 5% mark in every country? Face it man, the world is a foolish place, and there's this little oasis of people who "get it" everywhere you go, even (gasp!) America. Don't be a self-loathing Yank.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Mori: "Here is my Throne, /\ \/ These are my People"

    by ThePilgrim

    "Here Are My Demands." <P> Better Bend an ear Hollywood, or these AICN Guys won't take your Bribe's no more...

  • March 17, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I don't want to come off

    by skimn

    as someone endorsing remakes. Not at all. The thought of just the idea of remaking Carpenter's The Thing fills me with dread/disgust. I thought Zombie's Halloween was a shitburger between two slices of puke. I just wanted to state that it's been done before, it'll be done again, and it will succeed or fail by its own merits. I can love both the British and US Office, because they excel at what they do..make me laugh.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah and these Flash Ad's are killing my goddamned PC

    by ThePilgrim

    AICN I can hardly read any of your news. Thanks in part too flash based ads. Flash9e.OCX errors galore. <P> I'm not the only one! Flash is evil!

  • March 17, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Skimm They Don't have to Remake The Thing, if they make a Sequel

    by ThePilgrim

    As much as people Scream and Whine "Noooooooooooo!!!" Like Vader when they read that. <P> I'm telling you now. If someone doesn't craft a Sequel soon that will at least respect and live in the world of the original film (I'm Looking at you Peter Jackson and David Cronenberg) <P> Then a Shitty Remake is Inevitable.... <P> You Know It Too Be True. Of all the shit for Mori and Co to speak up about in a headlined article.... (You know the Carp. You care about the original... Why don't you stand up for it ya prick! You know all of what I say be true) Time for the Real Fans too Demand a Decent Sequel. People say it can't be done. But Godfather 2 did it. <P> So I say shut the fuck up you ignoramus, and in my best Arnie impression. <P> "Dooooooo Ittttt!"

  • March 17, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Hello, Buy The British Version

    by Rebeck2

    Does anyone here who calls himself a geek not have a multiregion player? I've never seen Spaced, but after all these raves, I just went to Amazon UK and found out you can buy the entire "series" with lots of extras for only $20 plus shipping. How can you beat that? I've fallen in love with a few Britcoms in my time, namely: The Royle Family (still the most brilliant in my eyes), People Like Us, and naturally, The Office. It never ceases to amaze me though that people have to wait for these shows to come to Region 1. Why???

  • March 17, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Yeah but we brush our teeth and use

    by ThePilgrim

    Armpit deordorant. I Defect! I Defect! I Defect!!!!!

  • March 17, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The problem for me

    by Pariah74

    Isn't that is is just another remake that will succeed or not...but rather that as a fan of the original I know that it has every chance of being a success, and just as funny in America...the thought of it as just another formulaic sitcom makes me sick. It could be great!

  • March 17, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Rebeck Mori just wants it to hit America

    by ThePilgrim

    Too become known... Not too be the Small American Circle Jerk Underground Movement it currently is. He won't be happy till it's in Wal-Mart.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by JeffManSixtyFo

    I thought the pissy JLA movie rants on this site were one thing but please.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Best Headline Ever.

    by buffywrestling

    Edgar has linked back to your article on his page, Mori! <p> I for one, love "Spaced" which is shown here on the comedy network in Canada. These are talented people and not even *trying* to get some input seems misguided. Not to mention a bit rude. Wankers.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    McG is a wanker

    by Bot-Bot

    depressing news

  • March 17, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by PoleVault

  • March 17, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by PoleVault

    no, really. And you are a fag for clicking this...

  • March 17, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Stephen Fry on the British view of Americans...

    by Jam Banjo

    I heard this on his recent podgram, (well worth a listen by the way)... he speaketh the truth people. Fellow Brits, lets not fall into this oh-so easy cliched trap! Anyway, here is what he had to say: "If there is one misapprehension about Americans that annoys me more than any other, it is the lofty claim, usually made by the most dim-witted and wit-free Britons, that America is an — ho-ho — “irony free zone”. Let it be established here, this day, that no one, on pain of being designated fifty types of watery twat, ever dare repeat that feeble, ignorant, self-satisfied canard ever ever again. Americans are no more irony illiterate than Britons or anyone else and the repeated assertion (and it is no more than an assertion not a demonstrable provable fact) is no more than a pathetic symbol of a certain kind of Briton’s flabby need to convince themselves of their sophisticated superiority over the average American. Now, don’t feel bad about the fact that you, dear listener/reader have, at some point in the past been guilty of repeating and transmitting this feeble myth, we all have. It’s lazy, easy and gives us a warm glow. My war on the lie begins now, and is not retrospective, so you need not feel ashamed. Only promise never to repeat it. Actually, even if you think it’s true, have the grace to recognise that such a clunking, tedious, oft-repeated cliché is so dull and well-worn that it almost doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not, it’s just plain tedious and only bar-stool bores and dull-witted gibbons would ever think it worth trotting out. Besides, it is ugly, graceless and rude." Well said Mr Fry. Oh and fuck this remake.

  • March 17, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by The Funketeer

    Do you really think all 100 people who have watched this show are going to put a dent in the ratings if they don't like the American version? Why don't you watch it before you review it?

  • March 17, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    McG on a fucking Roll? <P>truly, there is no justice in the world.

  • March 17, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Since we're speaking of things British..are you calling me a cigarette?

  • March 17, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST


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  • March 17, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by Toonol

    Get Firefox and adblock. Flash junk will run only if you click on in; it makes the web tolerable again.<p> About the show... I've never seen the original, but may refuse to watch this, solely because they have a character named "Apryl."

  • March 17, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    So glad "The Young Ones" was never remade for Americans...

    by ZeroCorpse

    Gods, that would have sucked.

  • March 17, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Spaced is wonderful!

    by Dataset

    I downloaded this show years ago and fell in love with it. Now I'm happy to buy the DVD when it's released. It's so unfortunate that comedy fans have had to resort to less than legal bootlegs of this and other great BBC and ITV shows like Smack the Pony, Green Wing and Worst Week of My Life. The remake? Meh. I'll watch it when it's on youTube like the Rosanne Barr AbFab and the horrible, Craig Bierko Red Dwarf. And he's got a new gig!

  • March 17, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Are you REALLY surprised?!

    by Rocklover79

    They DID sign their rights away. It's not like McG broke into their compound in the dead of night and stole Colin away. Like Pegg said, it would have been the respectful thing to do to ask the original creators to be involved, but let's be real here. This is HOLLYWOOD we're talking about here. Like Bob Sugar said in Jerry Maguire, "This ain't show FRIENDS, it's show BUSINESS". McG has never been a guy looking to contribute artistically to the industry. He's in it to get paid and laid, as are 99.9% of the people working in the industry today. I'm pissed off about this just like the rest of you, but if anyone is genuinely surprised by this, you're incredibly naive. Pegg and company are incredibly naive for thinking that they would be approached. You don't get it in writing these days, you're up shit's creek. Plain and simple. I wish this wasn't happening, but it is. If you don't like it, don't watch the show. That being said, THANK GOD the DVD is coming this summer.

  • March 17, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    All I can say in the defense of McG is...

    by Sammich Missile

    The Chuck Pilot was great. Then again, it's hard to fuck up source material that good. That's it. All the good I could think of about him. If he comes in my bar, i'll beat the fucking hair gel out of him. And that's a lot of beating.

  • March 17, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST



    Doesn't he make stoopid moovies not quirky, nerdcentric TV Yoof Spoofs?

  • March 17, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    The Young Ones

    by ArcadianDS

    So nobody remembers 'Friends' then?

  • March 17, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Hollwood is a Business (Sadly)

    by Literarywanderer

    Lots of anger surrounding this retread. I agree with you all, though. Hollywood should accept some new blood; take chances. The problem is, Hollywood is a business. Few people have the balls to invest millions in anything that isn't a guarantee. Flukes like Star Wars come around when Hollywood actually takes a chance. Otherwise you get the same cookie-cutter movie formula that bores America into a coma come Winter when the Oscars serve as a wake up call to how fucking sad the year was. I'm fighting the good fight right there with you guys. I'm a struggling writer trying to get my foot in the door and constantly get the same response any time I try to sell anything: I don't get it. Here's to hoping that one day Hollywood will get it and realize sometimes you need to take a chance otherwise you wake up with that fat, bitchy cunt next to you in bed after twenty years of marriage because you settled rathed than hit on that hot blonde at the end of the bar. (Not me by the way. Fat bitchy cunts aren't my style)

  • March 17, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Friends = The Young Ones..?????

    by skimn

    Sorry Arcadian, don't see that one at all.

  • March 17, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    McG: Get on wit yo bad self!

    by thebearovingian

    Get on wit yo bad self!<p>Get on wit yo bad self!

  • March 17, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Good points well made. All geeks should hail Alan Ladd Jr. Without him Star Wars would still be scribbled on Lucas' steno pad, and would've never been made.

  • March 17, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Past Cast

    by Turtle_Z

    Seems a bit redundant to jin the throng screaming "This is a bad idea!", so I'll just make the point that it wasn't only Simon, Edgar and Jessica that made this fly. Nick Frost (Mike), Mark Heap* (Brian, mt personal favourite) and all the rest of the cast (even the bit parts like Bilbo and "Tyres") were so perfectly cast and written it will be very hard to replicate that particular lightning filled bottle. Given the lack of respect given to the show's creators, I can't wish McG good luck with the show, but I hope it doesn't suck too mightily and put people off looking up the original. *If you haven't seen Mark Heap in "Green Wing", another fantastically off-the-wall Channel 4 comedy, then you MUST. NOW!

  • March 17, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by Philvis

    by mr_sinister7381 said,"Most brits are well-spoken compared to us..." mr_sinister, but I really hate to beg to differ with you on that one. Brits speak just as poor English as North Americans, and sometimes maybe even worse. If you wanted to compare their academics to ours, yeah, they probably have us beat, but not the everyday person.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Let's reserve judgment.

    by Christopher3

    Pegg is understandably upset that he signed his rights away, but that's not the fault of McG, and that's the deal you have to make when you start out in entertainment. The script review for the remake pilot is lukewarm, but it's not predicting doom. And, much the same things could be said about the U.S. "Office" pilot. Finally, for everyone proclaiming McG the antichrist, he did preside over "McChuck," one of the few not-abysmal McDebuts from this TV season.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by topdolla69

    Nah, I'm not english but I fucking love the series' of Spaced. I would hate to think that this show could ever be remade, especially if douche bags refuse to even consult with the goddamned creators. I am actually not an original fan, In fact I recently was brought a package with the complete series this weekend. I watched one episode and just had to keep going. I loved it because as Mori had said above, it was like finding a friend I didnt know I had. The feelings, the topics, and the jokes hit close to home. I dont normally agree with mori, in fact I hardly ever do, but this time I'm with you, pegg, wright, and stevenson. let's boycott this shyte of an idea, and not watch.

  • March 17, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by topdolla69

    I take that back, the idea wasnt shyte, the sleazy, shady way they are going about it is shyte

  • March 17, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    "I'm a Massive Wanker!"

    by pokadoo

    Should be tatooed on McFuck's fat oily head!

  • March 17, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I don't think McG has anything really to do with Supernatural

    by Reel American Hero

    He's just a producer, in other words, he helps fund the show, and at the most might give a suggestion to the writers every once in a while. It's not like he created it or had anything else really to do with it's creation other than giving them some money.

  • March 17, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    It should be produced by Uwe Boll

    by Reno

    If they want to make fanboys cry, they should just pour it on for the entertainment value for the rest of us.

  • March 17, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by epitone

    Wait, I'm confused, which version of The Office resorted to fake-penis gags and tons of explicit sex jokes for cheap laughs? Research that and get back to me, would you?

  • March 17, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    My eyes won't watch McG's Spaced

    by cahcat

    SPACED is too special to my world and I will not be watching anything but the original show again and again!

  • March 17, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The BBC Version, Epitone

    by LaserPants

    But even the vulgar elements are funnier, more believable, and more restrained in the BBC version. They feel like real situations. The characters feel like real people. Can't say that any of the characters on the NBC version seem like real people. The BBC version used caricature and exaggeration, sure, but in a much dryer, more restrained, smarter, and awkwardly hilarious manner than the NBC version which all but smacks you over the head with ludicrously over-the-top characters and situations more akin to something like the cartoonish and completely retarded My Name Is Earl. Not that theres anything wrong with cartoonish, of course, but in this case, where its ostensibly supposed to be a documentary and really happening? Right.

  • March 17, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    Spaced remake will probably suck , but..

    by JackieJokeman

    if you Brits are so adamant about us just showing your shows and not remaking them then you might consider making them more than 14 episodes total. You might possibly also take the remaking of your shows (bad as some of them might be) for what it is: a compliment.

  • March 17, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Great, can't wait to see what he does with Terminator

    by MattmanReturns


  • March 17, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    fucking blatant corporate premise thievery!

    by thekylegassproject

    what an absolute disgrace! i loved jessica's reaction but i loved pegg's take on the whole situation even better.<p> as an american, a big part of the show's charm came from seeing how british geeks live, which is awesome because we just don't see that over here. we exploit brits like everything else in this country, plugging them into butler roles or know what i'm talking about. keep up with me, i do flow of conscience TBing. anyway, seeing very real geeks across the pond is just like harry said, "it's like being introduced to a long-lost friend." well said, harry.<p> but like pegg said, since the average viewer isn't as "savvy" as, say, geeks that get online and scream rage about a beloved britcom being americanized, they don't like to be fascinated by cultural differences, only confused by them. so it is necessary to translate some of the original series to be more accessible to an american audience. i get that. but to think you can get away with it without bringing on board wright/pegg/hynes is insulting not only to us, but more importantly, to them. and since the show was such a niche piece of art that hinged on these three minds, any rehashed version without them will come off as nothing more than a fucking "hip" dharma & greg. aaghh! sorry i just threw up a little in my mouth.<p> why didn't the original press release just say, "hey you ever seen that show spaced, yeah we don't who did it either, but hey we are going to just go ahead and steal that premise...oh wait, the guy from shaun of the dead was in it. that's cool right? so watch this piece of shit show when it comes out...and buy everything the ads ask you to when they come on." god i love this little gem of a series and if these fucking cockogglers proceed with out so much as consulting with pegg/wright/hynes camp then everything we love about the show will raped and beaten.<p> fucking capitalist corporate, fucking, god...dammit...can't...think......too angry! fUCKFkasdfhgpy384y49

  • March 17, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    It's nice to see the love for Spaced.

    by Sprout

    Maybe it'll lead to the original team making Series 3! Well I can dream...

  • March 17, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Mr_X

    that is all

  • March 17, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    One thing I love about foreign television

    by Reel American Hero

    Is that there are some shows that are set with end in place from the beginning, and don't just continue on to keep milking the cash cow until it's dry. I wish certain shows over here followed that idea. Not that I would be against an new original cast and crew Spaced series mind you, it's always interesting to revisit characters years later every now and again.

  • March 17, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by ciroslive

    Isn't McG working with Cameron on the new Terminator at least in the capacity of Jim suggesting cast/crew? I believe I read that a cast member was going to do the new Terminator after finishing up on Avatar. Cameron may also be giving him advice on where to take the story, etc. One can pray this is the case...

  • March 17, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    It'll be off the air quickly at least.

    by fiester

    But do yourself a favor and get a Region Free DVD player and order the original Spaced on DVD from's a brilliant show!

  • March 17, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Damn you McG

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Damn you McG

  • March 17, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    More love of the Brits: The Riches, Season 2 premier tomorrow ni

    by fiester

    I hope you Buffy-chicken chokers gives a plug for this fine series. I recently rented the DVD for season one and it was the Best season 1 I've seen since Heroes, easily the best new series of last year, and did not get anywhere near the attention it deserved. God bless the folks at FX for continuing to be the new HBO. Check this show out!

  • March 17, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I unfortunately don't have a region free player

    by Reel American Hero

    But I did have access to a dvd burner at one point, in which the first thing I burned was the complete series with the extras. I'd much prefer to have an official copy though, so hopefully it'll get released over here at some point.

  • March 17, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    FUCK HEROES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by performingmonkey

    If anyone else mentions Heroes.......... It's one of the worst shows ever made. Wow, it contains people who are 'heroes'! Except you've also got to write episodes that aren't pathetically bad. Christopher Eccleston was a highlight of season 1. I want to fuck Nikki. Er, that's about it! The Petrellis are the worst most boring main characters ever conceived.

  • March 17, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    adaptations, generalisations and damn shames

    by Amy Chasing

    I rarely chime in to these talkbacks these days, but I just wanted to signal my support for Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Jessica Stevenson. That they weren't even consulted for this remake, is just plain bad form. Just because legally something can be done, doesn't mean it should be and McG & Co certainly didn't have to side on the philosophy that the only way to get things done is to be an arse about it. Surely successes like Lord Of The Rings show that when you pay attention to what you're adapting, try to get a sense of what the creator(s) imagined, and make something for fans and non-fans alike, you make something superior to what you have if you don't. <P> Also I don't buy into the idea that all Americans need their comedy spoon fed. Yes the stupid are everywhere, but that is regardless of nationality. There are bad British comedies as much as there are bad American comedies, the only reason we haven't heard about as many bad British is because of the mass-producing, blanketing tactics of the American media. While abnoxious this is not stupid, just very very sad that other countries (like Australia) allow such proliferation of American media onto our home channels. <P> It's just such a damn shame when something like this seems to be the go. Of course the bottom line is dollars (would be nice if there was some pounds in there too) and shit shows get made all the time, but we can only live in hope that stuff like the American Red Dwarf pilot (and wasn't there even a remake of Coupling at one stage?) get viewed by all the McGs of the world as examples of what NOT to do.

  • March 17, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    AInt it Whiny News

    by skywalkerfamily

    Wow, all this fuss about some shit BBC show?

  • March 17, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I USED to like McG...

    by Ambush_Bug

    ...but now I eat at Wendys. Oh, wait - McG's a person?

  • March 17, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I WANT SOME MC G"S!!!!

    by skywalkerfamily


  • March 17, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by 1st and only

    i agree that heroes is pretty bad.It started out with alot of promise but man, what a terrible ending to season with spaced being assfucked by american tv yet again im afraid the BBC are to blame again...if they stood up for the shows they produceD once in awhile(like they do with dr.who, and ONLY dr.who) then america might get to like original british tv again. I would love to see america take on a remake of THE MIGHTY BOOSH!(..not really)Another show the bbc tries to throw away but fan power keeps it going....they are bound to take the money and run when they try to sell that show..

  • March 17, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    You have a friend in me, Laserpants

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    American Office is good, but the British version, which I watched first, I still enjoy more for its subtle wit. Oh yeah, and what's wrong with subtle wit mixed with fake penises?

  • March 17, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    McG is McLame

    by sailingmaster

    Come on. This isn't the eighties. McG is white. He has a name. Either grow the stones to legally change it to McG, or grow the fuck up and use your real name. For fuck's sake, there's a reason John Mellencamp doesn't call himself John Cougar anymore.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Get it right

    by Turtle_Z

    It wasn't BBC, it was Channel 4. And the fuss is because it was a phenomenonmomenmeom... that'll never be repeated, even by Pegg, Wright and Stevenson. It's the Fawlty Towers of it's generation. It helped change the face of Brit comedy.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily

    YO! YO! YO! HOMIES!!!

  • March 17, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    "some shit BBC show" - thanks man, I haven't laughed so much in ages.

  • March 17, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    The only BBC show that's cool is Kitchen Nightmares

    by skywalkerfamily


  • March 17, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    A Poem

    by Herbert_Marcuse

    It was Icarus who flew on waxen wings, Too close to the sun and into the sea. A legend that’s one of the world’s first musings, Of man being screwed by technology. Sometimes I just feel we’re less than whole, When I look at my monitor I don’t see human traits. It’s not the I believe we don’t have a soul, I just think we sold it to Samsung and Bill Gates.

  • March 17, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    "do the right thing McG"

    by landosystem

    that would be a first...

  • March 17, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    My biggest fear is it succeeds and turns into a romantic dramedy

    by reflecto

    a la NBC's "The Office" with horrible all "Jim and Pam" promos. THIS IS NOT FRIENDS!

  • March 17, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    How To Solve Three Problems At Once...

    by Ambush_Bug

    1.) Take McG off of Spaced and have Jay Chandrasekhar direct. 2.) Put McG in charge of the new Superman movie, replacing Brian Singer. 3.) Shoot Brian Singer into space.

  • March 17, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by Automaton Overlord

    "The only BBC show that's cool is Kitchen Nightmares by skywalkerfamily Mar 17th, 2008" </p> DOCTOR WHO!!?? Wow, are you resigning your sci-fi credentials? We'll miss you. You've always been a credit to the organization. If you decide to come back, you'll always have a place here. </p> *sniffle*

  • March 17, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Dr. Who sucks

    by skywalkerfamily

    It's been sucking for 30 some odd years.

  • March 17, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Pariah74

    Do yourself a favor and google the Doctor Who episode Blink. Find it on Youtube or something, watch it, then go kill yourself for being so incredibly wrong.

  • March 17, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST


    by ebonic_plague

    ...over the course of reading your posts in various talkbacks, I have determined you are the most consistently wrong talkbacker to ever talkback. It's not even bad taste, like a Waters film, it's a complete lack of taste on your part. It's almost fascinating.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Do people still like Dr. Who?

    by skywalkerfamily

    He's still some gay guy wearing a jacket right?

  • March 17, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    dwight v gareth

    by PrettyNursePoppy

    As a Briton living in America, I don't really much care for the British badmouthing American culture and television. But I get over.<p>But what truly perplexes me are Americans badmouthing American culture. Do you not realize, you lucky Americans, that you have the BEST culture in the world? The only British shows you get over here are the ones good enough and popular enough to have made the transition to BBC America or PBS. The rest of British television is utter shite. For every noble achievement of British culture over the past 50 years, you could surely name 20 American accomplishments that outstrip the British in every way.<p>That being sad, I much prefer the American Office to the British. Michael Scott may not match up to David Brent, but I don't think anyone would deny that Dwight K. Schrute OWNS Gareth Keenan!

  • March 17, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    is online. Chud has a link to it on Yahoo movies.

  • March 17, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Benny Hill was a master.

    by skywalkerfamily

    They don't make shows like that anymore.

  • March 18, 2008, midnight CST


    by moto

    Um,somebody, um, might want to, um, tell AICN that, um, Peter Berg is directing, um, DUNE...

  • March 18, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Peter Berg is the tits

    by Series7

    But at the end of the day. I DON'T HAVE ANY CHANGE!!!!!!!! And seriously AICN get some god damn top reviewers of yours giving us your opinions of recent movies. Seriously Harry do you not have a review of Doomsday? We all knew a Spaced re-make was fucked give us something to TB about.

  • March 18, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Tropic Thunder Trailer!

    by wadi77

    Download the 1080p HD trailer here:<p>Part 1<p>Part 2

  • March 18, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    More gems...

    by Tourist

    ...Check out the American Red Dwarf, it works almost as well as the American Vanishing. They should try Dads Army next. Man I used to love that show. I'm perplexed by people defending the fucking godawful pile of crap that is the American Office yet lambasting McG on Spaced. It really cant be any worse. As far as Gervais prefering The Simpsons, Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm over British sitcoms...Well, thats like saying I'll take american crime shows, like CSI over british crime show like Prime Suspect, because The Wire (Yes, the best show to ever be on a television box) is better than The Bill.

  • March 18, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Mori lectures McG...

    by Bill Clay


  • March 18, 2008, 6:19 a.m. CST

    fuck this remake

    by nobletoast13

    Lets hope it's as good as that Red Dwarf pilot they did a few years back. Anyway us Brits cant complain about American remakes, we've been ripping of American shows for years Scrubs = Green Wing Curb Your Enthusiasm = That Jack Dee Thing. Theres probably more.

  • March 18, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    British Humour

    by sonnet

    I'm a Brit but I think it's a bit of a myth about Americans not getting the Brit Humour... Ricky Gervais admits himself he's just ripping Chris Guest off...

  • March 18, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    McG, Michael Bay, Uwe Boll, Brett Ratner, Stephen Sommers...

    by DarthBakpao

    ... should all make movie together, give 'em Metal Gear Solid or fans favorite's materials. I can picture in my mind a worldwide fans mass suicide

  • March 18, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Charlie's Angles!

    by lagomorph

    Wow, that line from Jessica was funnier than anything in the McSpaced is likely to be.

  • March 18, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Anthony Minghella is dead

    by secretcylon

  • March 18, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    Dear McG and friends...

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    Please die in a fire.

  • March 18, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A. someone who works in the British television industry I do take considerable umbrage with your spurious assertion that our sitcoms look 'cheap and nasty' compared with American fare. I fail to see how Friends, Grounded for Life or Everyone Loves Raymond are demonstrably prettier than My Family, Coupling or Father Ted. Granted, your TV dramas often look spectacular in comparison, but that is usually down to a disparity of millions of dollars between US and UK shooting budgets. Spaced, despite being filmed on video, is rather well shot and lit, as one would expect from Edgar Wright.

  • March 18, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    I watch BBC America over here and you are absolutely right - the level of technical talent is as impressive as anywhere. But I think the better point to make is that the CONTENT of British programming often benefits from a limited budget and set end-date. While US TV becomes CSI-d to death with flash and epileptic editing, all style and no substance, the story seems to still reign supreme in the UK, which is what I admire. I'm not saying I love all your stuff - there's a lot of crap I don't get in the least, Torchwood being a good example. But you have your gems and you will continue to produce gems because, I believe, there is a culture of storytelling in Great Britain that is being steamrolled out of existence in America. Why else would you guys still have such amazing and diverse radio?? You love storytelling and you know good storytelling has nothing to do with dollars or pounds spent.

  • March 18, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by tallon

    My wife and I watched Life on Mars and loved every minute of it -- I was very bummed to read that it is being remade for the US by J.J. Abrams.

  • March 18, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Uh, you can watch BBC Series on U.S. Cable

    by skywalkerfamily

    systems. I watch BBC News, etc, all the time.

  • March 18, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    One of the things I love about AICN...

    by ZeroCorpse

    What other movie news source can use the headline "Fuck MCSPACED. Seriously." and still be considered an important news and review blurb source? <p> Rolling Stone can do it, of course, but they choose to drop their F-bombs in the body of the article-- and sparingly. AICN just speaks in plain English, and says what needs to be said: Fuck McG. Fuck him in the ear.

  • March 18, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by Tourist

    ...No its not. They look cheap and nasty. Feel free to post a "We only had X amount of dollars to work with" disclaimer at the opening of all shitty stage bound shot on video shows you produce, but the results on the screen are still the same. The Office looked good, because it suited its format. No suprise that Americans warmed to that more eagerly. I'm not American by the way, I'm British living in Australia, so I've been raised on the cheap and nasty.

  • March 18, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Spaced=Brilliant. McG=Hack

    by Quake II

    As an American, I watched Spaced back in 2004 and was blown away with the genius of that show. I got all the references and loved the cast. It was a show made for ME. I actually prefer Spaced to Shaun Of The Dead or (especially) Hot Fuzz. America will ruin the show. Especially since the language and drug references will be taken out. Tim Bisley likes his weed.

  • March 19, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    McG is...

    by Jaka

    ...the only former video director who has never made a film I like.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by nobletoast13

    Whats with all the self-deprication from Americans in this talkback....I thought that was our gimmick.

  • March 19, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A.

    Please tell me all about the plethora of amazing American sitcoms that a)are not stage bound and b)look so astoundingly different to anything we produce in the UK. I must have missed them.

  • March 19, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A.

    Cos I can think of only Scrubs, Arrested Development, Malcolm in the Middle and, at a push, My name is Earl that have left the sound stage in any meaningful way. Everything else is the usual 'TV play' format and looks no better than anything else...

  • March 19, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Second Series sucked

    by fisheater

    First was original and cool. Second was the same shit i think. Raver courier was a fully messed up trip head and everyones knows that dude. 'Last Night was an A1, tip-top, clubbing, jam fair. It was a sandwich of fun, on ecstacy bread, wrapped up in a big bag like disco fudge. It doesn't get much better than that. I just wish that I could control these FUCKING MOOD SWINGS! '

  • March 19, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    By 'better'...

    by Tourist

    ...I mean looks like an actual set and shot on film with professional lighting, rather than looking literally like a stage with some props. I'm not saying I don't like it, because I prefer british sitcoms to American ones, by a long march, but I can see why people raised on a professional polish might be turned off by the somewhat amateur production values of British tv.

  • March 19, 2008, 10 p.m. CST

    If only every second series sucked that much..

    by quantize

    really, what the fuck do you want?

  • March 20, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    you are a cunt. Seriously.

  • March 20, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of the Un-aired Yank pilot of Red Dwarf

    by Engelhast

    That was god awful and this probably will be too. They turned the male chauvinist Ship's pet cat into a chick in the US version for Christ's sake. I shudder to think what they will do with Spaced.

  • March 21, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    McG sucks big donkey dick...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    And on top of that he looks just like my stupid as shit pothead ex-roomate who also thought he could make good films until he showed them to other people that is. Then when you were honest with him he would get offended and "not want to be your friend anymore". Why do I get the feeling McG has the same reaction to the movie going public?

  • March 23, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    *Spaced* has pacing issues...

    by lynxpro

    Just sit down and watch it. Most of the time, it is brilliant, but there's way too many pacing issues in most of the episodes for mainstream American tv. I am fond of the show, but even I can see it.

  • March 23, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    and as for the McG hate...

    by lynxpro

    I happen to like *Supernatural.* And I definitely would have preferred McG directing a Superman flick to almost-as-overrated-as-JJ Abrams-Bryan Singer. Suck it.

  • March 23, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    BabyShamble, as for Russell T Davies...

    by lynxpro

    I don't get the Brit lovefest for Russell T. Davies work. The guy writes the worst episodes of *Doctor Who* and he's the producer. Proportionately, he's more over-rated than Joss Whedon, or JJ Abrams. I'm sorry, but the talents on *Doctor Who* are Steven Moffat and Paul Cornell. The people who think *Doctor Who* is a big hit because of Davies are living in a world of unicorns and rainbows because the truth is, it would have been successful regardless of who was in the driver's seat because people wanted the show back period...kinda like how *Star Trek the Motion Picture* was a success even though it was lame. Furthermore, the groundwork to making *Doctor Who* a success had been laid 9 years before its ultimate return to the airwaves, done by a man named Phil Segal. *Second Coming* is also highly over-rated, and it owes its popularity to Chris Eccleston's acting ability, not Davies' pedestrian views of religion from the viewpoint of an athiest.

  • March 23, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    but an American Spaced would work on FX

    by lynxpro

    An American *Spaced* could work on the F/X cable channel a la *It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia*. Granted, that show's last season wasn't great in my book. It's as if Danny DeVito - which pains me to type - has sucked the greatness and edge out of it.

  • May 13, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Lost in Translation

    by kithynes

    I don't understand the need for shows to be completely remade for US audiences. If American, British and Australian shows are easily interchangeable between Britain and Australia, why does the US market seem to think that any "foreign" show has to be done in American accents to be successful? Is that just how much credit the industry gives the American public, or is it warranted that anything that isn't instantly recognizable as American is rejected by the public because of it? Surely not that much can be lost in translation, and let's be honest, it wouldn't hurt to remind the US that "the rest of the world" actually exists.