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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. 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!