ABC takes another crack at Sharon Horgan’s ‘Pulling’
Before we go any further there are a couple of things I should say in the interest of full disclosure. One, I absolutely adore British Television. There are, of course, obvious exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, I feel like they embrace the artistic potential of the medium years before the states did, and I think they still more fully understand it – hence – with the exception of things like Coronation Street – no series goes on the air expecting – praying – to be there indefinitely. The other thing – thing two, if you are keeping tabs on my dash-filled tirade – is that while this passion for British TV is a real thing with me, it is not to the exclusion of American TV, or even, American attempts to try their own hand at a popular British series. The Office – in its prime – is a great example of this. I love both shows, for very different reasons – which goes to follow as they are two completely different program(mes).
Which is why I’m…hesitantly hopeful about ABC taking another crack at Sharon Horgan’s brilliant Pulling, which we covered in Brit Fix back when I was still writing Brit Fix (Do you miss it, should I bring it back? I’ve got loads of shows to cover, and I’d be happy to do it if you were interested. Lemme know in the comments.) ABC took a version of the show – which Horgan didn’t have much involvement in – to pilot stage but no further. Now they’re giving it another go with a new team of writers and Horgan all up in it. I’m excited about anything that brings more of Sharon Horgan to US audiences. I like to imagine that after Bridesmaids hit and it was suddenly understood that women are disgusting she got drunk a lot and was all “OH MY GOD THEY DON’T EVEN KNOOOOW!” but you know, in an Irish way. I’m hesitant because the team of writers are also the folks who penned the seminal classic Bad Teacher featuring our ages own Audrey Hepburn, Cameron Diaz. I’m also hesitant because if they didn’t recognize how to translate content that’s already gold to an American audience the first time around, I can’t imagine how they will insist on Frankensteining it into something that network heads will perceive to be…palatable.
Will it be awesome or will it go the way of America’s take on Coupling? Will fans support the notion of an American version, or go the way of the Spaced fans? Will we even see it? Weigh in in those comments ya’ll.