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Another attempt on the part of MTV to remake a popular British series has failed. The network has reportedly passed on picking up The Inbetweeners for a second season, putting the show in line with Skins among the cable network's failed tries at UK to US series adaptations.
Once again, MTV is attempting to squeeze some humor and popularity out of a beloved British TV series. Those with a Netflix account (or access to British television) may be familiar with the hilarious teen comedy The Inbetweeners, a series about a bunch of awkward kids trying to navigate adolescence. There's a sort of Superbad vibe to the original series, and that applies to MTV's remake of the series.
Since hearing that MTV was taking a chance on yet another remake of a popular young adult-focused British series, I took a look at The Inbetweeners, which is available streaming on Netflix. In addition to finding it to be pretty hilarious in a goofy guy-humor sort of way, I wondered how MTV's version would differ from the original, and whether the series would be worthy of the original on which it's based.
Things are certainly moving right along for the second season of MTV's Teen Wolf. Fans of the series who are attending Comic Con this year will be happy to know that the werewolf-focused drama will be returning to SDCC.
MTV continues to reach out to their target audience of teens and young adults with original programming to mixed success. While things have worked out nicely so far for shows like Teen Wolf and Awkward, the same could not be said for I Just Want My Pants Back or Skins, the latter of which was a remake of a British series. Perhaps things will work out better for The Inbetweeners, a series set to premiere later this summer.
MTV is already moving forward on their version of the UK teen hit Skins. Now they're looking to adapt another British series many consider a comedic counterpart, with an American version of The Inbetweeners
While ABC Studios works with creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley on a US version, BBC America is going ahead with their premiere of the original UK iteration of The Inbetweeners. The show premieres tonight and will run the first two series back-to-back over the next twelve weeks. BBC America sent along the first six for us to take a look at.