Brand new MTV series The Inbetweeners premieres this summer
Written by : thetvking published Monday 2nd July 2012
This summer MTV will premier a brand new series in the US. Well sort of, The Inbetweeners US, is a new show but is the US version of the British comedy gem.
MTV is bringing viewers a summer full of “inbetweeners” - that is, not nerds or jocks, but kids who are smack in the middle of the high school social ladder - with the premiere of the new scripted comedy series “The Inbetweeners” on Monday, August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Following in the vein of established scripted hits on the network such as “Teen Wolf” and “Awkward,” “The Inbetweeners” takes a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood the way everyone does…by taking one step forward and three steps back. Whether humiliating themselves in an effort to impress the girl of their dreams, or mercilessly mocking their friend for driving a bright yellow clunker with a cassette player and one blue door, get ready to embrace the “inbetween.”
“The Inbetweeners” is based on the critically acclaimed award-winning British series, and was adapted for the U.S. by Brad Copeland (“Arrested Development,” “My Name is Earl”). The pilot was directed by indie filmmaker-writer-director Taika Waititi (“Flight of the Conchords”). “The Inbetweeners” will air following the return of Rob Dyrdek’s hit series “Ridiculousness” at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, that same night on MTV.
“The Inbetweeners” stars Joey Pollari as Will McKenzie; Bubba Lewis as Simon Cooper; Zack Pearlman as Jay Cartwright; Mark L. Young as Neil Sutherland and Alex Frnka as Carly D’Amato.
Following in the footsteps of several UK shows: Skins, The Office, Shameless, Teachers and Mistresses. Channel 4's The Inbetweeners has got its US make over curtsey of MTV. If recent history is anything to go by, it's not usually a good idea to remake a UK drama or comedy series for the US market, something that is highlighted in Stephen Mangan's Episodes with “Pucks”. After all those who have seen the original always compare the tow and the remake, like with films rarely live up to the rose tinted original. The UK originals also tend to have started out as small low budget shows which take off after resonating with a core group of people. The comedy of The Inbetweeners and The Office was also very timely and they both got out at the top before the writing and characters became stale. This was helped by the fact that the UK shows have small series typically between 6 and 10 episodes with the odd Christmas special thrown in for good measure. Where as in the US a minimum of 12 episodes is usually required for cable channels and up to 24 for network TV. A system which can kill a re-make.
I would prefer TV re-makes to be stopped. Why not take the concept of the show, the middle kids in high schools and make a US centric show around that and give it a new title? From what I have seen of The Office US, it really came into its own when it stopped trying to be the US version of the UK show. So take the concept but make your own show that works. UK versions of big budget shows like Lost or 24 wouldn't work so we don't bother.
Why not see for yourself, The Inbetweeners starts on MTV in the US Monday 20th August at 10:30PM ET/PT.
The Inbetweeners US will air in the UK on MTV January 2013 as “The Inbetweeners” will also air internationally on MTV channels around the world starting in January 2013.
You can still watch The Inbetweeners online, if you need a quick fix.
Check-out the interview below with the cast of MTV's The Inbetweeners.