hmm sounds like maybe they didn;t spend the money on a hd pilot, or they think the friends audience does watch hd so why bother.. if this show turns out to be sd i never watch again .. what a waste of air so far, and no hd, this show is ONLY good to look at; if it was hd that is, so it is good for nothing
pretty big screwup not getting a pilot out in hd, not that it really matters tho, as hd is a non factor... who ever is in charge of dtv stuff at nbc needs a whip the place into shape if they cared these things wouldn't be happening. i know it is all about the sd the money but professionalism should be motive enough to not have two major problems in 5 or 6 days. las Vegas was unwatchable in hd major problems really really ridiculous and now no hd at all on the big friend's "hopefully" replacement series premiere
yes you were right, in that the pilot was. but i would be shocked if that is how they plan to handle teh show, i don't think we can assume it will be as you fear.
Pilot's often are handled this way on shows that are inspired by an over seas hit ( theory is - go with what works - but i don't think i would be practical to do so for an entire series), it does not mean all the eps will be.. for example The Three's Company pilot was an remake of the British pilot of the show that inspired it
The BBC version has only aired 22 episodes so far. They make from 6-9 a year. Even after the fourth BBC season there will only be a maximum of 31 scripts to remake before they have to create new material. Of course, the US show may never make it to another season so it may be a moot point.
It's true that most US shows that are remakes veer off quite quickly from the UK scripts but the possible slight difference here is that the BBC creative team is actually involved in making the US version.
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