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Viva Laughlin=Viva Blackpool

OK, USA TODAY had a couple stories about the new CBS show, "Viva Laughlin," which, it turns out, is an American version of the six-part British mini-series, "Viva Blackpool"--which featured our good Doctor David Tennant (who got to talk in his own voice)!

I read all about "Viva Blackpool" over on the BBC web site (Spoilers! The entire story is laid out on this page!), which, as I mentioned, was a six-part miniseries. The CBS American version, which will feature in the cast Tony award winner and X-Man Hugh Jackman (snikt!), who also serves as an executive producer, is being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to 13 parts with the addition of more characters and more storylines.

The original story sounds fascinating and probably benefited from there being but so many characters and stories; it's actually a very intimate tale. I think extending it like that is going to show in the worst way and probably hurt the story as a result. American TV isn't very subtle. Despite all the things this show is trying to be--part mystery, part drama, part musical--it needs a light touch. Not seeing that happen.

Well, here's the opening of the original show...


Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
There was a follow-up series to Blackpool, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408375/ which I think is the actual "Viva Blackpool" that didn't star Tennant, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817526/. I think that's what the US version is redoing or they are doing both.

But the real point is that American tv has no original ideas anymore apparently.
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, see that's where I was getting confused! I had heard of "Blackpool" but not "Viva Blackpool," but it came up as a result, so I thought it was just interchangeable. I had no idea it was a new series all its own.

Now why couldn't Tennant have come back for it--surely he's not doing anything ;>!

American TV really has run out of ideas--a remake of "The Bionic Woman"--?! That NBC time-traveler series that's probably equal rips of "Doctor Who" and "Quantum Leap." The CBS vampire detective show--need anything else be said about its obvious parents?
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Heh. I was wondering who Ellie was!!
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I corrected! But that is what happens when you're reading two LJ boards at once--and you're not even supposed to be reading *one* 'cause you're at work, hoping your boss doesn't pop around the corner, and you forget who said what where!