it comes to American TV, the idea is to throw as much content out there
as possible and just hope that something lands. This means that
countless shows are dead on arrival and, despite best efforts, never
make it past the first episode.
it's a shame, as pilot episodes rarely capture the magic of your
favourite TV show. For instance, Parks and Recreation's pilot episode
was a dull, awkward affair with minimal chemistry between cast members.
Even as the first season continued, the show struggled to find its rhythm before turning into the comedy juggernaut it finished up as.
course, when it comes to casting such a wide net, it doesn't take long
before ideas start to run dry and producers turn to the relative ease of
Thankfully for them, the British TV schedule has been blessed
with a number of fantastic shows and, thanks to the success of The
Office, American producers see dollar signs when they flick through our
Yet, it rarely works out as they want to and more often than not, these adaptations fail to pick up any network interest. Not that us Brits are complaining.