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"Misfits" to be Americanized: No Word Yet on Whether They Need to Save a Cheerleader

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 20, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 20, 2011 |

“Misfits,” the British show about teenagers who gain super powers is both well-regarded and has good ratings, which means that it is absolutely mandatory that someone make an American version. Americans simply cannot understand things like crumpets, soccer, and good writing, so it makes sense that these Britishisms need removed before a proper American audience can develop.

Josh Schwartz has acquired the rights, which is either good news or bad news depending on which part of his oeuvre you focus your attention. He’s responsible for “The OC,” which is a positive in some people’s books, but also “Gossip Girl” which can be blamed for Blake Lively having a career. And then there’s “Chuck,” which had a great start and then transformed into a fetid pile. The latter sounds exactly like the run of “Heroes” so if Schwartz pulls the same thing, he can just claim that he wasn’t trying to make the show good, he was just doing an elaborate Tim Kring performance piece.

Perhaps more interesting is that this hasn’t been picked up or funded by a network at all. Schwartz has picked up the rights and is now working on a pilot script with his team. Then they’re going to try to sell the pilot. That just seems like a waste of time though, wouldn’t it be easier to just let the network interfere up front instead of investing the effort in producing something first?

If you can stand to wade through Britishness (though I know no one on this site watches anything British), the entire BBC run is available on Hulu.

(source: SlashFilm)

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