recasting state of play

The BBC miniseries State of Play has been on my to-watch list for some time now.  I haven’t gotten around to actually watching it yet, but even so I know it must be awesome, because it has pretty much every single one of my favorite BBC actors except David Tennant in it.  I definitely need to make time to see it before the American remake comes out later this year.

When the original BBC cast was so amazing, how do you recast it with Hollywood types without losing that high level of awesomeness?  Whoever did the casting for the remake really rose to the challenge.  Allow me to explain.

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one story – three perspectives

I love television.  I think scripted, episodic television is a wonderful storytelling medium.  And one of my favorite television series ever is the original British version of Life on Mars.

The news about the cancellation of the American remake got me thinking.  There have now been three different versions of the Life on Mars pilot – the original, the first, unaired American pilot, and the final version of the American pilot.  I thought it would be interesting to compare how each of these tackled certain key scenes.  So, I’m going to do a series of posts, each examining how an important scene was handled in each version of the pilot.

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proper gene is celebrating

The American version of Life on Mars is not going to be renewed for a second season – they’re going to air the rest of this season, do a finale that ties up the mysteries, and that’s it.  Am I sad?  Not in the slightest.  The UK version was way better, we have the second season of its excellent spin-off Ashes to Ashes to look forward to this year, and somewhere proper Gene Hunt is celebrating the demise of fake American Gene Hunt.

I’ll probably still watch the finale of the US version, though, just to see what they do with it.


Proper Gene says, suck it, Keitel.

Proper Gene says, suck it, Keitel.