“Misfits” is coming to America. According to Vulture, TV mogul Josh Schwartz is planning to adapt the critically acclaimed British series “Misfits” for American audiences. Schwartz is the guy behind the two very successful TV series “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl,” both of which have been targeted at young audiences. With credits like this, “Misfits” seems to be a good fit for him… but will this U.K. series translate well with the American peeps? Well, all signs point to yes.
If you haven’t seen “Misfits,” you’re really missing out. The show is all kinds of awesome – think the first season of “Heroes” meets U.K. “Skins.” The show revolves around a group of troubled working class teens who attain superpowers during an electrical storm. The show is extremely witty and all-around entertaining. The first series won the BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2010.
You might recall MTV’s train-wreck series “Skins.” The remake failed to connect with American audiences and got almost immediately canceled. But this remake feels different. Schwartz is teaming up with U.K. “Misfits” creator Howard Overman to write the U.S. translation. The thing these writers have in common is that they aren’t afraid to showcase sex, drugs, and alcohol. Obviously, the U.K. is a lot more open about airing mature content than American television, but Schwartz has been one American TV writer to push the envelope, at least in this end.
American audiences have already showed some interest in “Misfits.” Hulu began streaming the first season of the show and the results display a growing fan base. Schwartz and Overman will write a pilot in the next few months, and expect a network to pick it up later this year or in early 2012.
Being a fan of the show, this is exciting news, but only because Schwartz is involved. He’s developed good shows with huge fan bases (including “Chuck”). It feels like a perfect marriage because he’s dealt with these type of characters – crazy, wild teens.
Do you think the U.S. remake has potential?