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Is McSpaced dead? Nikki Finke sure thinks so...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. McG's SPACED was doomed from day one. It would have had to have been phenomenal on top of hugely successful to shake any of the negativity surrounding it right now. I don't lay all of that on McG's feet. From what I understand he always intended to include Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson in the process, but was advised against it in the early days of the option. If that's true, then it's a shame, but still... McG should have known better. That one little thing could have made the difference here. And from what I understand it took him over 6 months since the option to gather up the nuts to contact any of the original creators... strangely timed immediately after Moriarty's "Fuck McSpaced" article. According to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, who has had a fantastic line on the business for years now, Fox has just turned down the pilot. If it wasn't for Wright and Pegg's continuous statements on their displeasure for this project and the fan community surrounding them on it, would Fox have made this call? Who knows? I'd like to think it did, but not because Fox cares about fans (what they've done to their superhero and sci-fi franchises proves that), but because the series remake really is surrounded by a Pigpen-like black dust cloud of negativity. Spaced was always made by fans for fans. That was the appeal of the show. Without the fan support I can see how unattractive the project looks. What do you folks think?

PS Remember, producer Robert Green said this:
"i’m just so sick of all the bullshit coming out of simon and edgar’s camp directed towards McG, who has acted completely honorably all the way on this. that idiots on websites swallow that load without even having to wipe their chins surprises me not at all."
Nice. Well, maybe on the next one they'll give more of a shit about what the fans say and treat the creators of what they're trying to remake with a little more respect, no? Maybe I'm just an idiot wiping Simon and Edgar's cum off my face... (I would have included Jessica in that, but none of the remake producers ever did, so why start now?)


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  • May 11, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Thank god....

    by KnightEternal

    spaced isnt gonna be bastardised like so many other things have been!oh and dare i say first?

  • May 11, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    I do dare :)

    by KnightEternal

  • May 11, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    I didn't want this show to be made

    by myspoonistoobig

    But now that it has already been shot and edited and produced and finished, now I want to see it. I don't want it to be some nagging footnote in geek lore, I want to see the damn thing, if only for trainwreck-style rubbernecking.

  • May 11, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    McDead?

    by Yeti

    McGood.

  • May 11, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    It's pudding.

    by Surf Ninja

    POODING!

  • May 11, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Good

    by moviemaniac-7

    Did common sense finally win over greed? Nah, just a fluke - but a good one!

  • May 11, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    I still don't trust Nikki Finke

    by tonagan

    Even if she was lied to about the writers' strike ending much sooner than expected, that was a hard hit on her subsequent credibility.

  • May 11, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Some Justice for a change.

    by Laserbrain

    Stay dead, you bastard.

  • May 11, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    It was prob shit...Fox couldnt give a rats...ever

    by quantize

    they've squandered every cool franchise they've had with cheap hacks and cost cutting...

  • May 11, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST

    McG

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Symbolic of everything that is wrong with film industry.

  • May 11, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST

    thank fuck!

    by executiverocker

  • May 11, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    McG Dead? Pure Fried Gold

    by TheValyard

    If only it was true. Mc G is Dead, Long live the Wright. Bring on episode 3 of the Cornetto trilogy, I got wood already.

  • May 11, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    No, it probably just sucked.

    by fiester

    If Fox has proved one thing over the years it's that it's totally ignorant to fan, critical, or public sentiment regarding its programming. The only reason "Family Guy" made it back was the ridiculously massive DVD sales.

  • May 11, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Spaced is one of the funniest shows evar

    by bongo123

    a remake was doomed from the start, having said that i was curious to see how you mericans would bastardise the fuck out of it

  • May 11, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    WTF is McSpaced?

    by Mike_D

    ?

  • May 11, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    McThank God!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    I'm McFucking happy about this.

  • May 11, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Spot the guy who doesn't read AICN regularly on this TB!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Yup, it's you Mike_D!

  • May 11, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    McFuck, it would have McSucked.

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    I can't McStop!

  • May 11, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST

    "Spaced was not that funny".

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    This coming from the guy who thought it was funny to put an 'r' in the word testicals?<p>Who would have thought!

  • May 11, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Why Doesn't Some Smart Network Exec. Air the Original?

    by cowboyone

    Me no understand. Me want to see original.

  • May 11, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Me wanna see the funny yup yup...

    by freerangecelt

    cuz I've never seen it, never even heard of it until Shaun came out, and now I can't sleep or eat until I do, which means I am hallucinating...

  • May 11, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Bill O'Reilly dead... Discuss

    by James_O'Nasty

    What does that mean to you?

  • May 11, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    "Continuous"?

    by buffywrestling

    I only read two statements from Pegg and two from Wright - and that was because they kept getting asked about it. Continous bitching by the fans; sure.

  • May 11, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Dammit O'Nasty...

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Just tickle my ass with a feather, why don't you? <p> For a minute, my heart skipped a beat. Thanks a lot.

  • May 11, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    buffy

    by Quint

    then you don't read Edgar's Blog, then...

  • May 11, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Nikke Finke is a scaremongering, hatemongering cunt.

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    I hate her attitude, her negativity, her superiority, her self-promotion, her ill-informed opinions, her voice, her face. I hate her.

  • May 11, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    testricals

    by Lloytron

    "Below average, i only got one or two laughs from it." <p> That says more about you than it does about the show! Never before has anyone been so wrong so spectactularly!

  • Same stupid bitching like the time the Office US was announced.

  • May 11, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    th....at makes sense

    by ev1ldead

    ...

  • May 11, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Good.

    by Anna Valerious

    Some things shouldn't be messed with. Even NBC had to pass on the American version of "The I.T. Crowd", despite having the very funny Richard Aoyade as Moss in this version. At least the UK version is getting a season 3 this year...

  • May 11, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks so much for that Testicless

    by quantize

    it is your own opinion, as spectacularly retarded and tasteless as it is.. but thanks for sharing...

  • May 11, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Thank McShit For That!

    by FILMFUNK

    Bloody McHell! That's McGood News! I don't McMind the odd Oversea McRemake but this just sounded McRetarded.

  • May 11, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    testricals

    by Lloytron

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but opinions can be wrong! <p> What we have to remember is that just because someone doesn't like something doesn't mean it sucks, it just means it is not to that persons taste. <p>Its fair enough you didn't like Spaced, but it was most certainly not 'below average'

  • May 11, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    p.s.

    by Lloytron

    I'd love to know your nationality, just to see if it conforms with the initial justification of bastardising such a great show in the first place :D

  • May 11, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Finke is the devil

    by LaudnerGomez

    "TOLDJA!"

  • May 11, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I hope the pilot gets leaked.

    by Ol' Gravy Leg

    I have to see this travesty.

  • May 11, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Regarding Spaced on DVD in the U.S. . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . It's out in 2 months and I don't see it available for preorder anywhere. What's the deal?

  • May 11, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Noooooo!

    by Knuckleduster

    I like shitty shows...

  • May 11, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I know it's not kosher, but...

    by beastie

    I was totally willing to give this a try. I mean it's on TV and free, it's not like I was going to give them my money. Anyway, I'm a big fan of Spaced and cannot wait for the DVD in July.

  • May 11, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    !!!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    GOOD!

  • May 11, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Remakes prevent people from expanding outside

    by Sepulchrave

    ...their cultural programming. The whole point of Spaced was that it made references to shared pop-cultural products: Star Wars, Scooby Doo, Hawk the Slayer, that ANY English speaking person born in the 70s could relate to, whether American or British. The US version of The Office completely misses the point of the original by making it a slick comedy about a buffoon without depicting offices as the soul-destroying hellholes that they are; the decisions was made that Americans can't watch critiques of their own lives; shows that provoke uncomfortable laughter by pointing the finger at the audience. Imagine Peep Show made for the US: completely cleaned up; sanitized of its constant mental cruelty, sexual nastiness, foul language and mean-spirited inner monologues. Eventually, American audiences demand closure; happiness, success and the neat marriagey endings that eventually disfigured everything: call it Friends syndrome. I am seriously starting to think that you guys get a totally distorted view of yourself from TV. Seinfeld was cruel. Please. the only show remotely close to UK levels of loathing is Curb You Enthusiasm.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Lloytron

    by Chilli815

    I'm English (born in Oxfordshire), and I thought Spaced was rather average. So naturally, I found the backlash against the remake (from fans and Pegg/Wright) rather baffling. Granted it must suck not to be asked to contribute a program, but the vitirol was ridiculously over the top.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Nikki Finke is a dried up old cunt

    by BrowncoatJedi

    One of the most annoying, bitter people in Hollywood.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I truly doubt the fan backlash had any effect....

    by exie

    The same kind of outrage/horror was present when NBC announced The Office remake, not to mention Fox doesn't give a shit what fans think. I always thought that the premise of Spaced was the thinnest part--guy and girl pretending to be couple to get an apartment--but the execution past the premise was magnificent and what made the show. I don't think you can translate voices and execution in a remake. I think the only way it works is to put your own spin on the project a la what they did in The Office on NBC. That show is distinctly different from the UK version, not to mention it's cast and written brilliantly. From everything I had heard, this felt like a high school production of Spaced with new kids playing the lead roles and following the original scripts with some slight tweaking. That said, I'm sure it's a sad day for everyone involved in this US version since a lot of the buzz was this show was getting picked up in spite of the internet backlash.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    The script was bad.

    by Uncapie

    It was bland, the jokes were flat and you didn't care about anyone.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Could have worked...but not likely

    by Lloytron

    The Office is a great example of this working, but it is by far the exception and certainly not the rule. <p> Given the right treatment, this could have worked, but why bother? If they stick to the scripts then it is unlikely that it would be better than the original. If they don't stick to the scripts then its just another show about a bunch of friends sharing a flat and getting up to mischief - so no need to call it Spaced at all. <p>This could only ever be worthwhile if it stuck to the inspiration behind the original - and the way the creators were treated shows that this wasn't the intention.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Uncapie

    by Lloytron

    Do you mean the script to the pilot, or the original show?

  • May 11, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Good!

    by Boba Fat

    I've got enough remade shit coming my way that I'll end up watching out of morbid curiosity. It's once less piece crap on my "I'll give this a chance, maybe against all reason it's not shit" list.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    NBC passes on the US version of the "IT Crowd"

    by infinite_probability

    Lucky old US! 'The I.T. Crowd' is abysmal, right down there with 'Hippies' and yes, 'Coupling' too. British talkbackers have such a chip on their shoulder about British TV/Comedy, I think the novelty of being able hold forth on something *before* American talkbackers makes them lose all sense of perspective. Trying to generalise about how 'our' comedy is 'cruel' or 'dark' (therefore better and more sophisticated) is simply a waste of time, the fact of the matter is that 'Friends' (which is funny, and more mean-sprited than it appears) is really popular over here whereas Britain has tried and repeatedly failed to ape things like 'The Simpsons' ('Stressed Eric'), 'Curb Your Enthusiam' ('Lead Balloon') and, well, 'Friends' itself ('Coupling'!!!). How can you possibly pretend that Americans don't know self-loathing *and then* go on to namecheck 'Curb' and 'Seinfeld' (which is far more sucessful in the US than is over here)??? And have you ever watched 'Arrested Development' or 'The Larry Sanders Show'? Give it up, man-- we fail, they win. Even 'Dr. Who' is just 'OK'...

  • May 11, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Testricals...you're an idiot.

    by Brians Life

    I can ONLY assume based on the evidence you've presented me with...as far as SPACED not being Americanized and further McG and Fox-ized...all join me in a loud Tim Beasley "THANK FUCK!"

  • May 11, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    @Sepulchrave Did you watch more than 2 eps of Office US?

    by ev1ldead

    It has more than enough episodes that "provoke uncomfortable laughter by pointing the finger at the audience". The Dinner Episode at Michael and Jans House as a great example. But they do more episodes in a year than Office UK in its entire run. (Most of them great.) So they can't only rely on uncomfortable laughter. This kind of humor is getting old really fast. Curb as the exception of the rule, but their is only 1 Larry David.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Thank God for the death of The IT Crowd

    by Sepulchrave

    It's simply godawful. I was in college with the big Irish guy in that, Chris O Dowd; he was the worst, most poorly-disciplined, attention-seeking, shouty mugger that ever defaced a drama society. And he hasn't improved one bit. He's not fit to clean Bernard Black's shoes.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Fuck You Robbie Green!

    by Brians Life

    How hard it must be to not come up with ideas of your own. How hard it must be to have to procure those ideas from the minds of others. You know those people that didn't get their jobs by taking the Producer loop holes. The one's who's resumes actually refelct the work they've done. I know a MILLION of you Robbie Green. Your day is done! We don't need you anymore.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Arrested Development was canceled due to lack of interest.

    by Sepulchrave

    And yet...the sheer number of episodes that the US audience demands in its programming is BOUND to suck the life out of a concept very quickly. It demands committee writing of a very high and focussed calibre, and committee writing cannot, by definition, be a work of genius. Individual vision is the driving force behind all ground-breaking art: very small groups of people. Is The Simpsons still on TV? WHY? I started watching that show in middle school and I'm 32 now. Jesus, people, let it go. It's dead. The Office IS highly competent, but it is smooth, family-friendly stuff. I don't demand sexual content and foul language in comedy but you KNOW that the world on that screen simply doesn't resemble real life situations in any way. South Park is still the best you have and, as far as I know, it's not committee written.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I feel I should emphasise ...

    by Sepulchrave

    ...that I liked Arrested Development very much. It sounded as though I was criticizing it.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    This kind of humor is getting old really fast.

    by Sepulchrave

    Really, it started in the 1960s and is still going today. Humiliation is the root of all comedy. Even Aristotle knew that.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    IS Coupling a remake of Friends!?!?

    by Brians Life

    Because wasn't fucking COUPLING than re-made INTO COUPLING in the US!?!?! What the fuck is wrong with us people...<br><br>As far as the US/UK tv shows goes...both have had ALOT of misses and a few hits. Although I believe we top them in the REMAKE OF AN IMPORT category...Sanford and Son, All in the family, Three's Company..

  • May 11, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    McG should stick to flippin' burgers

    by Dr Gregory House

    at McDonalds

  • May 11, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    boll vs mcg in the squared circle

    by bacci40

    come on, you all know you wanna see this

  • May 11, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Coupling wasn't a remake of Friends

    by Lloytron

    The clue is in the title! Friends was about friends.... Coupling was about couples!<p>To be fair when I heard about Coupling I thought it was a UK version of Friends but upon seeing it it turned out to be anything but. I saw the US pilot and didn't think it was that bad TBH.

  • May 11, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    British Vs US Comedy

    by Lloytron

    Personally I love both. I love dark cringe inducing humour in TV shows from both US and UK deliver in spades. I have no problem with import shows or exporting... hell the more folks that see Peep Show, Black Books, Brass Eye etc etc then the better! <p> Its just a shame that a lot of 'our' shows get remade for US audiences, and they end up as being abysmal. Just leave them alone! <p>The Office proves that it can be done, and the results can be great, however I can't think of many more examples, yet I can think of a ton of failiures.

  • May 11, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    TWO FACE LEAKED PICTURES (DARK KNIGHT)

    by Hellofadrug

    http://tinyurl.com/5u6su5

  • May 11, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Now if they would cancel that "Terminator" movie he's ruining

    by IndustryKiller!

    Then the skies would clear and much rejoicing would be had.

  • May 11, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    TWO FACE LEAKED PICTURES (DARK KNIGHT)

    by Hellofadrug

    http://tinyurl.com/5u6su5

  • May 11, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Fike is just like Drudge. She plays to their demo

    by GQtaste

    graphics. Since Matt links to her quit often when something in hollywood goes wrong she plays up on it. And it seems she gets off on it too! I do know that Nikki comes from quite a bit a money and gets her kicks when a big name actor doesn't do well at the box office. And when I see her talkbacks it's coming straight from Drudge's site. It looks like Fox news watchers over there.

  • May 11, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Hellofadrug, we had this photo a few days ago

    by DerLanghaarige

    And it's "just" concept art. (At least that was the last thing I've heard about it)

  • May 11, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Or I should have said, Rush, Hanity, O'Reilly

    by GQtaste

    viewers or listeners on her talkbacks. Ultra-rightwing motherfuckers!

  • May 11, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    It's good, but it's no "Young Ones"

    by ZeroCorpse

    Spaced is kind of like the British TV comedy version of "Reality Bites". I'm enjoying it (three episodes in so far) but I don't see what makes it "classic" or "for geeks" -- I think there's a serious generation gap, though. I'm in my 30s, and to me, "Spaced" doesn't seem to 'click' as much as it does with mega-fans of the series. <p> I am glad that a shitty American version isn't getting made, though. I really wish they'd stop doing the "American version" and "British version" of shows and just release a show on both sides of the pond in original form. Why don't the American networks ever run British shows in prime time? Why do I have to tune to PBS or BBC America or MTV (in the old days) to see BBC fare here? Can't NBC work something out with the BBC? A trade? Let them have Knight Rider and we take the original Spaced on Saturday night in place of one of the dozen CSI shows?

  • May 11, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    One more thing: who don't even like movies in the

    by GQtaste

    first place. They're the ones who listen to Rush, Hanity, O'Reilly, Beck, etc, etc, and tell them that actors are socialist commies who live in a fantasy world and know nothing about the "common folk." Well those fucks know nothing about regular folk either. It's funny, hearing them attempting to blame the donkeys for high gas prices. It was $1.43 nation wide when W. took office. It's $3.60 here and I live in motherfucking OKlahoma! But when you put in office two oil men thats what we're gonna get.

  • May 11, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Jessica Stevenson's cum

    by human2

    I really wouldnt mind wiping her cum off my face. She's smokin' hot.

  • May 11, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Choke on it, McG. CHOKE ON IT

    by WolfmanNards

    And while you're choking, if you're near somebody who knows the heimlich and has enough heart to even want to use it on you, then thank the world that you're still alive by going out and getting a real name. I still hold up my promise that I will one day rape your flaming corpse.

  • May 11, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I do read his blog.

    by buffywrestling

    I myspaced him as well as you. I didn't realize I missed one or two entries. However, in my weak defence, they are interspursed with other promotional material - so not "continuous" but "frequent" maybe? <p> Hairs finely split, it is still great news!!

  • May 11, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Still don

    by Ozman X

  • May 11, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Isn't Nikki Finke the drummer in Motley Crue?!

    by pokadoo

    Rawk on!

  • May 11, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Fuck McSpaced!

    by pokadoo

    Fuck it up it's McArse!

  • May 11, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Someone

    by Harry Weinstein

  • May 11, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    That was supposed to be shift not return

    by Harry Weinstein

    Someone will McLeak the McPilot onto McInternet, where it can be McMocked McMercilessly. And then I'll fly to Hollywood and spray diarrhea all over Robert Green's face just for sport; he can wipe THAT off his chin. What a massive wanker.

  • May 11, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Yoo Lucky People!

    by loafroaster

    And the I.T Crowd had its moments, especially when Matt Berry turned up as Son of Denham. "FATHHHEEEEEEER!"

  • May 11, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Coupling wasn't a remake of Friends...

    by loafroaster

    ...it was just billed as 'The British Friends' in order to attract viewers. And somehow, it was even worse...

  • May 11, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Spaced was fantastic...

    by pdennett316

    and if you don't like it, you're wrong. And you kick puppies. And nuns. And you tempt children with sweets then touch them in wrong ways.<p> And you like Charlies Angels and are un-patriotic.

  • May 11, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Oh,

    by pdennett316

    and I watch far more American shows than British ones. The likes of Bones, Dexter and others too numerous to mention are far better than most of the dreck churned out over here.<p> Spaced, Red Dwarf, Father Ted etc. were great, and theres been virtually nothing matching their quality since. The I.T. Crowd is OK but very one note, the rest is game-shows and talent competitions...bullshit in other words.

  • May 11, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Lloytron, the American script pilot, not the Brit.

    by Uncapie

    The Brits did it right the first time out the gate and they know their comedy. The American script was just shit and not funny. Hope this clarifies.

  • May 11, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Nothing strange Testicless....

    by quantize

    ..there's plenty of humorless fucks in the world.. they accept you, one of them! one of them!

  • May 11, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else think...

    by Freakemovie

    Pegg and Wright acted a little bit like whiny assholes? Yes, Spaced was a brilliant TV show and McG should've given them a ring. But the market will speak: if the American version sucks, it will get canceled and be an embarrassment. The American Office was surprisingly good and is still going. The American Coupling sucked, lasted less than ten episodes, and everybody laughed at it without the original creators getting all pissy about it.

  • May 11, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    So whats does this mean for

    by Series7

    the American Re-make of Darkplace?

  • May 11, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Never had to swallow a load...

    by Mace Tofu

    I was always the loader Robert, not the "loadie".

  • May 11, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    coupling

    by Quint

    You can't hold it against the boys from protecting their baby. I'd do it if I was in their position. Hell most people would. And about your Coupling argument, Freakemovie... behold: “I can answer it with three letters: N-B-C. Very, very good writing team. Very, very good cast. The network fucked it up because they intervened endlessly. If you really want a job to work, don’t get Jeff Zucker’s team to come help you because they’re not funny … I think I’m entitled to say that because I think the way in which NBC slagged off the creative team on American “Coupling” after its failure was disgraceful and traitorous. So I enjoy slagging them off. That’s the end of my career in L.A. I’ll be leaving shortly.” -- Steven Moffat, a writer and producer on the successful BBC version—and demonized NBC version—of “Coupling.”

  • May 11, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Yep, making & breaking careers here at the AICN Talkbacks

    by Han Cholo

    Just like I said in another talkback, we here have the power to make shit happen, and in this case, unhappen. Hopefully Christian Bale hears about all the crap surrounding McG and bails out (pun intended) of Terminator.

  • May 12, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I always knew McG was a sack of shit...

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    He was a shithead for not calling back that poor bastard who wanted a date with Drew Barrymore and he's a bigger shithead for these hijinx. He's utterly talentless. Time Out said it best: the guy couldn't direct his way out of a paper bag. I was SO READY to enjoy Charlie's Angels, and that schmuck ruined everything with his flat-out BAD direction. I still haven't seen the original Spaced, but the more I hear about it the more I want to check it out. <p> By the way, if you guys want to see another awesome British comedy series with horror elements, check out The League of Gentlemen (NOT the Alan Moore League!!). Great, twisted stuff.

  • May 12, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    I mean, he actually calls himself McG...

    by brain drill

    I just hope these reports are true, that's all I have to say. I look forward to Spaced's DVD release in July!

  • May 12, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I haven't given a rat's rectum about Spaced

    by Boromir

    But I'm sure as hell glad that this version didn't get picked up...not because I didn't find the original funny, but because the creators deserved to be involved in the remake, and fans deserve to be listened to, PERIOD. McG and Robert Green can go fuck themselves for being such arrogant pricks.

  • May 12, 2008, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Father Ted was Irish

    by the ageless stranger

    Not British. Whatever else you've got, you don't get to claim that one.

  • May 12, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Yaaaaaaaaaay!

    by DJB

    That's all that needs to be said.

  • May 12, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Dude....

    by DJB

    Whichever of you posted that Two-Face thing- where'd that come from?

  • May 12, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Ha ha ha

    by ant_monkey

    Good, outside of the American Office, which was overseen by Gervais and Merchant. The Majority of US remakes are a big pile of Shit!

  • May 12, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    the best British comedies

    by nobletoast13

    of recent years have all been hidden away on late night Channel 4 or BBC Three. I’m not having the complaints that there has not been a classic British comedy in years, as the 5th series of Peep Show is airing and the criminally udnerated Benidorm (although this series has nothing on the first). And there's The Thick of It and Extras. Part of the problem is the fact that most British comedies do one or two series and don’t get repeated anywhere, i.e. – Catterick, 15 Stories High, I Am Not an Animal, Nighty Night (2nd series wasn’t that good) and so are forgotten. And Coupling was shit.

  • May 12, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    to add to that

    by nobletoast13

    The real problem in British TV is the drama. Channel 4 always have an interesting documentary or two but they just take the easy road and buy a new hit US show instead of making their own. The beeb and ITV are doing more than they used to as well. Compare what’s on American TV now: Lost, Battlestar Galactica, The Sopranos, 24 to Skins and all the shit on British TV. The channels need to clean their act up and get some original ideas that arnt Doctor fucking Who. Comedy seems to be the only fictional genre we still have a National Identity in.

  • May 12, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    I love Simon, Edgar and Nick

    by Rubbertoes

    Spaced rocked! to think McG almost had his hands on yet ANOTHER beautiful series and turned it to crap. Let's hope our voices put a stop to the PG-13 Terminator 4 w/ rapper Common starring.

  • May 12, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    You give yourself far too much credit

    by smiler2

    I assure you the cancellation of this has nothing whatsoever to do with reaction on AICN. Don't give yourselves so much credit; you are really not remotely as important as you believe. This was a decision taken purely on the merits of the pilot. Your readership represent s a tiny microcosm of the overall potential viewership. Your bias has been transparent for a long time now which is why the intelligent followers abandoned your site some time ago. Check out your talkbacks these days and one is hard-pressed to find anything approximating coherent discourse. Once again, don't be patting yourselves on the back too much. Take a reality check, guys.

  • May 12, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse, it's not a generation thing

    by StovetopStuffin'

    I'm also in my 30s, and I enjoyed The Young Ones. It's a bit of a geek thing, but it's more than that even. It's just good comedy. I'm not gonna tell you you have to like it, but myself, my wife, and even a friend of mine who is older and hates most things I show him, loved Spaced. To the point that after season 2 ended, we were both so depressed. It was such a great show, and we wanted more. But it ended the way it should have, so no real complaints. I can't wait for the DVD!!!

  • May 12, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Zerocorpse...

    by Erinsaidit

    Stovetop beat me to it. It's not a generation thing. How can it be? I'm in my 30's as well and was in my late 20's when "Spaced" was originally on. As the characters were in their 20's as well. I relate to it now just as much as I probably would have then. Once a geek... always a geek. Have to disagree with your comment about the likeness to "Reality Bites". ehhh. Kudos for mention of The Young Ones. Bless Mtv for showing it back in the day.

  • May 12, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    McHoly McShit....

    by Darth Macchio

    McI just McDiscovered a really mcKewl way to McCommunicate with McPeople! Every noun, pronoun, or verb with everything you write or say must have a "Mc" in front of it. McPeriod. After about 5 McSeconds of that McFucking McAnnoying McBullshit and fucking McNobody would ever want to be called "Mc" fucking anything ever again.<p>It's true with a McYippe McKai McYay McMuther(McGunshot)er. McFuck this...I'm getting McConfused now. McHoly McShit! McO.McM.McF.McG.McW.McT.McF.Mc?

  • May 12, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    pokadoo

    by mr.brownstone

    No, she's the bassist you idiot.

  • May 12, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!!!

    by thekylegassproject

    and how robert green could say all of that with McG's cock in HIS mouth is pretty phenomenal. fucker must have quite the jaw...

  • May 12, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    darth...

    by thekylegassproject

    now that was just unneccesary haha.

  • May 12, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Anyone know who was cast in the pilot?

    by Bungion Boy

    Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to see that McG won't be raping this wonderful series, but I'm curious to know who they had cast in the roles of these beloved characters.

  • May 12, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Bungion Boy

    by mr.brownstone

    According to imdb pro it had Will Sasso, Federico Dordei, Josh Lawson and some guy called B.J. Clinkscales.

  • May 12, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    by the McWay

    by mr.brownstone

    I can't McGet enough of the McJoke. I'm not McBeing sarcastic. I fucking McLove it. It never gets McOld to McMe. By all McMeans McKeep it McUp.

  • May 12, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I'm McSerious.

    by mr.brownstone

    McHonest.

  • May 12, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    McExcuse McMe?

    by Darth Macchio

    McThis is McFreaking McAwesome. McNow if McOnly McEverybody around McG did this all the McGod McDamn time then McMaybe that McAssMcHat would McSee how McGFucking annoying it McIs putting a McGod McDamn "Mc" in front of McEverything. McIncluding someone's McFreakin McName. McSorry. McI can't McHelp McIt.<p>Anybody else notice this "McG-eese" language sounds an awful lot like the freakin weirdo language used between Marissa Tomei and Natasha Lyonne in 'Slums of Beverly Hills'? McMaybe McG is McOnto McSomething? Nah...he's just an McDouche. Again, McSorry.

  • May 12, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Mr. Brownstone

    by Bungion Boy

    Thanks for the info. Wow. It looks like they weren't even trying on this one. Will Sasso? Now I'm even happier this thing will never see the light of day.

  • May 12, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse

    by Boromir

    Having watched both series of Spaced, I think that it's WILDLY over-hyped. I'm very happy to step aside for the show's fans when they geekgasm over it, but I don't think it's weird that you don't like it. Instead, I think it's a show for a certain kind of geek. For them, it's nirvana; for me, it's about as notable as funny (and as forgettable and unfunny) as, say, Three's Company.

  • May 12, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    you guys are all Mcdumb

    by junkieboy83

    I LOVE Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz was great. For me, Spaced is a good show but nowhere near as good as Arrested Development or Peep Show. I do think that it is great that you guys wouldn't even give McSpaced a "McChance". I know, it is hard to let something you love get bastardized. For me, it would be like watching Brett Ratner remake Clerks, but I would hate to think that I would blindly condemn it on the levels that the fanboys are. I once had a friend who refused to watch Shaun of the Dead because he was tired of all the spoof movies that were coming out and he felt that it was bastardizing Dawn of the Dead. Hewouldn't listen to me that it was a legitimate movie and that it holds water on its own... what if McSpaced does too?

  • You've got white on you.

  • May 12, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Father Ted...

    by pdennett316

    So it's Irish, close enough isn't it? Oh well, now we'll just have to wait and see how much he fucks up T4.

  • May 12, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    good news

    by Cronenfly

    well that is nice to hear. actually it just made my day a bit better. cheersX

  • May 13, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    Spaced is kind of weak

    by David Cloverfield

    Love British comedies, love Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but Spaced wasn't my cup of tea. It was hyped up as the most compelling, smartest comedy, and it was a pop culture "Remember, it's just like in Robocop! it's just like in Pulp Fiction! It's just like in Scooby Do!" wankfest. Famous scenes in everyday surroundings, out of context, without any clever twists. I can see how "Who can get more pop culture references" can be fun for the geek crowd, and there were some bright spots in the five episodes I've watched (Really wanted to like it so I gave it a chance) but if you praise this as the "best comedy evah" you may start watching Family Guy too and praise the shit out of it. (Hey, it's full of pointless references too)

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