After an impressive 11 seasons of finding talent on ‘American Idol’, the FOX network is going into the matchmaking business. Their new dating show ‘Take Me Out’ premiers in June 7th and will be hosted by comedian and talk show host George Lopez.
But although the love-seeking contestants are American, the show’s format isn’t.
Just like ‘Idol’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’, the new reality show is a British remake. The show first aired in the UK two years ago and is now in its third season.
It’s the latest in a long line of entertainment shows that have been hijacked from across the pond and revamped for US TV.
Maybe it’s because the US has a lot more channels to fill, or ratings-driven networks are hungry for unique programs which usually run for shorter seasons in the UK. Either way, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be coming to an end.
Here are some more American TV shows you may have never known were British:
‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ (ABC) – This British TV quiz show of the same name first aired on the BBC over 10 years ago. At its peak the show pulled in over 19 million viewers. But it wasn’t just exported to the US. It’s the most internationally popular TV franchise of all time, having aired in more than 100 countries worldwide.
‘Dancing with the Stars’ (ABC) – Known as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in the UK this ballroom dancing competition ran for nine seasons over there before it was cut at the end of last year. The show was a huge success generating seven Christmas specials and several live tours.
‘Four Weddings’ (TLC) – The format of four brides attending and rating each other’s weddings first aired in the UK in 2009. The American version debuted the following year with an almost identical format, which is rare for a transatlantic re-make.
‘Undercover Boss’ (CBS) – Another bright British idea where a CEO goes undercover as an entry-level employee at their own company. This show first aired in the UK in 2009 and ended in 2011.
‘Veep’ (HB0) – This brand new HBO drama series is loosely based on the BBC sitcom ‘The Thick of It’, which is set in a fictional department of the British government. Created by British writers the show took a while to reach America as the first pilot was rejected by ABC.