Us & Them, the US remake of the popular UK comedy Gavin & Stacey, won’t premiere until 2014 but it already has a fan in Ruth Jones. Jones, the co-creator of the original BBC series, says in a RadioTimes.com interview that the upcoming Fox US remake “could be fantastic.”
Gavin & Stacey told the story of, well, Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page) as they try and make their long-distance relationship work while be surrounding by their quirky friends and family. Most of the comedy stemmed not only from the friends and family offering their opinions on their relationship but also from Gavin being from Essex and Stacey from Wales.
The RadioTimes.com article states that this isn’t the first time that a US network has tried to bring this tale across the pond. Back in 2008 NBC gave it a whirl before it passed on it. Then in 2010, ABC took a stab but it too decided not to move forward with the project.
Finally, Fox has green-lit the show as a midseason replacement. In Us & Them, the new Gavin is played by Parenthood’s Jason Ritter, while erstwhile Rory Gilmore, Alexis Bleidel, will be taking on the Stacey role. Instead of the Essex/Wales divide this time are two lovebirds will hail from New York City (Gavin) and rural Pennsylvania (Stacey). There are also American versions of the show’s Nessa and Smithy characters.
Jones and Gavin & Stacey co-creator James Corden are being credited as executive producers on Us & Them.
After viewing the trailer of the Fox show, Jones is happy to see that it has retained little “twinklings of the British version” while showing its “own quirk and personality.”
US networks haven’t always had the best track record in adapting British series for American audiences, The Office being an exception in recent memory. Jones, in the RadioTimes.com interview tells people not to slam Us & Them before they get a chance to a full episode. ”People are always ready to put a downer on re-formatted shows. They decide they’re not going to work before they’ve even hit the screen. They’re very funny about it. They get cross that it’s happening!”
Having seen BBC’s Gavin & Stacey and after watching the trailer to Us & Them I have high hopes for this show, actually, and it really hinges on the chemistry between Ritter and Bleidel, which can be seen in our first look of the show.