US network Fox has released a trailer for their Gavin & Stacey remake Us & Them. The series, based on the hit BBC3/BBC1 comedy stars Parenthood’s Jason Ritter and Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel in the in the roles made famous by Matthew Horne and Joanna Page.
The trailer features some scenes from the original first episode that fans will recognise and some that have been designed for the American audience.
Stand-up comic Dustin Ybarra takes on James Corden’s role as Gavin’s best friend Smithy and Malcolm in the Middle star Jane Kaczmarek appears as Gavin’s Mum Pam. The role was originally performed by Alison Steadman.
Whilst part of this trailer look reassuringly familiar it’s quite obvious that the series lacks the warmth of the original. Rob Brydon’s Bryn appears to have turned into a complete bumbling idiot and some of the jokes seem overly predictable.
With the huge success of the original this remake was inevitable I’m just not sure that Us & Them feels any more special than other run of the mill US sitcoms to be given the green light for the autumn.
What do you think?