Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Greg Daniels to Adapt Britain's Friday Night Dinner for NBC

Since he did a pretty OK job adapting the original, British version of The Office for American TV, Greg Daniels is now turning his sights on another UK import for NBC: Friday Night Dinner. Here's the relevant info on the show:

Created by Robert Popper, Friday Night Dinner, which debuted on Channel 4 in February, centers on the Goodmans, a traditional but not strictly observant Jewish family, and chronicles their Shabbat dinners. Every Friday night, brothers Adam and Jonny reluctantly visit their parents, mom Jackie, who is obsessed with Masterchef, and dad Martin, who loves to walk around shirtless, for a home cooked meal. Adding to the gallery of oddball characters are a grandmother who is strutting her stuff in a bikini and the eccentric neighbor Jim who constantly interrupts dinner. Friday Night Dinner, which has been renewed by Channel 4 for a second season, airs in the U.S. on BBC America.

What say you, Brits/viewers of BBC America? How is it? Is it a decent candidate for the localization treatment, or are we looking at another Coupling? As much as British comedy fans hate having their favorite shows remade, you've gotta admit that Daniels turned the American Office into its own animal. Maybe he can do the same here.

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  • Crackerjacker

    My take is(As was the case with remaking The Office), that it all depends on Daniels' take on the characters is. The actual script from the original is funny, but much of it is a kind of observational visit to the family dinner table that America's had a lot of exposure to, especially with Everybody Loves Raymond. Friday Night Dinner is a lot less caustic than Raymond was, so may seem a bit bland in the American sitcom crowd. But yeah, the success/failure of this really is all down to the producer's take on the characters to be put in the show, and the cast they find to fulfil them.