This pilot season in hollywood, there have been lots of UK shows remade for a US audience, including The I.T Crowd, The Vicar of Dibley, that other one that people are talking about… but the most anticipated, and also maybe almost probably the one that will be picked up is a remake of Life On Mars, the BBC drama that returns to screens later this month. In the Us the show is being run by David E. Kelley whose credits include Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope and most recently Boston Legal, and the reason it has caught my attention is that the lead role has just been cast. They chose a young woman called Rachel LeFevre, which will put a whole new spin on the show, as I can’t imagine she will have been very old, or alive at all in the 70’s. The UK version has plenty of references to Sam’s childhood in the 1970’s, and season 1 even ends with….aaah, I won’t spoil it for you.
Rachel Lefevre appeared in the craptastic Fox ‘comedy’ Life on a Stick that managed to show up on both Nickelodeon and Paramount in the UK, and is currently appearing in What About Brian as the stripper wife of the character whose name I can’t remember. Yep, thats some great reporting right there.
EDIT:- There has been much interest in this post in the past few days, mainly from the BBC points of view message board. anywho, as a result of reading this haven of knowledge and opinion, I have found out that Rachel LeFevre won’t be playing the lead in ABC’s now delayed “Life on Mars” remake, instead she will be taking on the role of Annie. thanks to the guy that called me “an idiot” for that little nugget