Given the American predilection for remaking British shows, here's a list of recent British TV hits that seem destined for an American remake. Each potential remake could fill an upcoming hole in the schedule of an American network.
The British show to be remade: "Call the Midwife"/"Breathless"
The American show it could replace: "The Borgias," airing on Showtime
On the surface, "The Borgias" and "Call the Midwife" couldn't be more different. The former is a period drama set in the 1490s, while the latter is a medical drama set in London in the 1950s.
However, with "The Borgias" likely to end after this season, Showtime will likely be looking for a new period drama to bolster their reputation. The hot trend in British TV right now is 20th century period dramas about midwifery and gynecology. "Call the Midwife" is set in the 1950s, while "Breathless" is set a decade later. The latter is still in pre-production but is likely to premiere later this year.
For a network looking for a period drama with sex appeal, an American take on 1960s women's health issues could be a home run. An Americanized version of "Breathless" or "Call the Midwife" could draw on a "Mad Men"-like setting and be a critical darling.
The British show to be remade: "Twenty Twelve"
The American show it could replace: "The Office," airing on NBC
"The Office" wrapped up its run earlier this month, leaving a mockumentary-shaped hole in the network's schedule. The perfect show to replace it would be an American remake of "Twenty Twelve."
"Twenty Twelve" was a mockumentary about a group of officials charged with organizing the 2012 Olympic games. An Americanized remake about a U.S. team of Olympic games officials would be great TV. More importantly, it would give NBC a creative, tongue-in-cheek way to poke fun at the public perception that they mishandled their coverage of the 2012 games. NBC is desperately in need of a self-aware parody of its perceived failings.
The British show to be remade: "Dead Set"
The American show it could replace: "Teen Wolf," airing on MTV
Supernatural horror is huge with teen and young-adult audiences. That being said, "Teen Wolf" isn't exactly a ratings smash. "Teen Wolf" might be done after this season, opening up a slot for another supernatural/horror program.
The perfect show to fill that vacancy would be an Americanized version of "Dead Set," a British series about zombies. In the original "Dead Set," a zombie outbreak traps the contestants of "Big Brother" inside their house. Given MTV's roster of reality TV shows, the American "Dead Set" could feature fictional cast members of "Jersey Shore" or "Making the Band."