Before you get your knickers in a bunch over one of your favorite British shows being remade in the U.S., let us point out that Gavin and Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones, along with Steve Coogan, are executive producing the pilot for Fox.
The original show detailed the relationship between Gavin, who lived in Essex, England, and Stacey, who is from Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. They had a long distance phone relationship before even meeting in person.
The show has been renamed Us and Them and will star Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), reports Radio Times. The show’s new title is referring to the dynamic between the young couple and their well-meaning, but nosey, friends and family. In an attempt to embrace that “from different sides of the track” feel, the U.S. script presents Ritter as a city guy and Bledel as his small town girlfriend.
The series is a collaboration between BBC Worldwide and Sony Pictures Television. Corden and Jones will be nearby and keeping an eye on the full 13-episode series.
You can get sped up with the trailer, here.
Here is a clip from the first episode, introducing the characters, who are exactly that, a bunch of characters. Gavin (Matthew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page) meet for the first time with their best mates Smithy (Corden) and Ness (Jones) in tow:
What do you think of the U.S. casting?