Do you watch much foreign TV? Have a favorite British show? Ever wondered why networks always want to remake a foreign show instead of just replaying the original here? Well, a couple of listeners have, as you can see from the following topic suggestions.
Listener Jonathan left a comment May 12th, 2009 on Ep.28 that said:
Cannot wait to listen, but here is my suggestion for a topic:
Why don’t we see more imported shows on network tv? Or even on cable channels?
Merlin is supposedly going to air on NBC (considering NBC co produced it, they SHOULD air it) but why don’t we see more hits on our television screens that are not just remakes?
A good example of this would be Packed to the rafters, a hit Australian dramady that is AMAZING, but instead of importing it and just airing the show in the states, they are trying to remake it.
Are we American’s so dumb we cannot stand to watch someone with an Australian accent?
Anyways downloading the podcast now! Can’t wait to listen and keep up the good work.
P.s. I know its probably a stupid subject to talk about but hey i had to suggest it lol.
Listener Shane used the contact form on May 22nd, 2009 to send in the following:
Hi, enjoy the show. Just listened to episode 29 and heard Amrie mention that you should do a show about British shows you like and I think that is a great idea. In the past coupleof years the amount of british tv I have been watching has grown and grown and I would like to know what shows from England you guys watch and maybe mention some classic british shows that you love.
My favourite shows from England at the moment are:
Ashes to Ashes
and my favourite at the moment is Gavin and Stacey. If you guys haven’t seen this show I would highly recommend you check it out.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy lives to entertain your listeners every week. it’s greatly appreciated.
So, we did a little thinking, or a lot in Rae’s case, about what foreign TV shows we have watched and enjoyed. We didn’t limit ourselves to just British shows either, as some Australian and Canadian TV shows figured into our lists.
But, first we batted around the idea of why we don’t see many hit shows from other countries play here in the United States and why we tend to see remakes of these shows.
After covering our double dose of topics, we talked a bit about Pushing Daisies, Greek, The Closer, Weeds, So You Think You Can Dance, and Burn Notice.
So, what our your favorite foreign TV shows? What shows did we not talk about that we should check out? Let us know in the comments.