Every time I hear about some new show on British television, I become immediately envious. There’s something about their production standards that makes it seem reasonable for them to take a chance on something completely absurd. Maybe it’s a hard-wired sense of humor missing from other television markets, a certain cultural tolerance for sex and violence on TV but I get the distinct feeling that something like the upcoming Clone for BBC 3 would never fly on American TV. Here’s why:
The show will be called Clone, and according to Chase, it will be “extremely violent, despite the main character being a wimpish soldier clone created by a scientist (Jonathon Pryce).
I really don’t know how much money is spent on a typical episode of television, but the reports are that Clone is getting 250,000 pounds, per episode and they’re calling that a low budget. So, we have a show that is extremely violent and features Johnathon Pryce as a mad scientist. How could this possibly get any cooler? The involvement of Ash Attila, producer of The Office pretty much pushes it over the edge. Ash isn’t alone in this pursuit, either, Adam Chase is on board, too. He was an executive producer on Friends. I didn’t know this.
I doubt this will ever run on American TV and I’m not even looking forward to a BBC America syndication. Ever seen how they cut up an episode of Torchwood? It’s shameful (but understood). Thank god for Bit Torrent is all I have to say on this matter.
Speaking of British sci-fi comedies. Did anyone ever see Hyperdrive? How did that one turn out?