Here’s a guest-post as written by Ryan, from the Blog Content Guild.
Ryan is a contributing blogger to the Blog Content Guild, where he writes about TV, movies, games and computers. He is thrifty and loves to get a good deal using Dell coupon rewards to stay current in the technology world.
Before widespread use of in-home internet gave everyone immediate access to media, the only way for American viewers to get British television on their home set was to wait for specific air times on PBS or hunt through the foreign section at an eclectic video shop. Today, thanks to cable and on-line streaming websites, not to mention the vast underground of illegal downloading, Americans and Brits alike bathe in unlimited access to cross-culture media. It has been over a decade since Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s iconic debut of The Office aired on British television, where it was almost immediately cancelled due to low ratings. It now stands as one of the most exported British comedies of all times; not to mention influencing the birth of an American version that is currently running in its eighth season.
What once was a decades old game of remake-to-fit-US-culture (take Three’s Company for example, a remake of the UK’s Man About the House, and especially with reality TV, dozens of shows including Antiques Roadshow, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars came straight from UK concepts) is now a question of originality—where will the American television industry get new ideas for shows now? This fall premiered both original and UK remake shows only to be slashed by horrible ratings, The Playboy Club and Free Agents come to mind, which would probably have made it in a pre-streaming world. Global competition of English-speaking entertainment and cable channel series is raising the bar for the 22-59 minute episodes that appeal to modern attention spans creating a standard of excellence and originality that will influence Brits and Americans alike.