For some reason, American networks can’t seem to get enough of making their own versions of popular British programs. Recent examples include FOX’s Broadchurch remake Gracepoint, HBO’s Getting On, MTV’s attempts at re-doing The Inbetweeners and Skins, and several others. A US version of The IT Crowd was rumored to be happening for the longest time. An American Luther is in the works, apparently.
So, it probably shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise that someone’s finally decided to take a swing at one of the most popular Britcoms on-air currently. But, it’s official: Marta Kauffman, one of the co-creators behind mega-hit US sitcom Friends has decided to have a go at making an American version of Doc Martin, the British hit that chronicles the adventures of a curmudgeonly London doctor who sets up a practice in the quaint and quirky small town of Portwenn.
Yes, really. That wasn’t a typo. An American Doc Martin could legitimately be a thing on our TV screens within the next year or so.
"We are thrilled to be adapting this hilarious, smart show for America,” said Electus Productions chairman Ben Silverman. “Doc Martin has charmed viewers worldwide with its excellent concept and unique style of comedy, and we’re proud to be working with Marta Kauffman on this exciting show.”
No word yet no how closely the US Doc Martin will adhere to the stories and characters of its British counterpart. Here’s hoping there will be at least something new and original about the property, though – I honestly could not get past the second episode of Gracepoint precisely because it was virtually a shot-for-shot remake of Broadchurch.
Furthermore, Doc Martin is so reliant on the performance of star Martin Clunes for its success that it’s kind of hard to imagine who an American version could cast in the role. (And, honestly, I almost feel like America already did its own of this show anyway - sort of - except we called it House?)
Doc Martin originally premiered on ITV in 2004 and its seventh season is currently in production.
What do you all think about the prospect of an American Doc Martin? Would you watch it? Why or why not?