The joke is in the headline people. I don’t know why this is so amusing to me – the show did phenomenally well, and comforted millions of American Airlines passengers during gate holds and holding patters – but I just think it’s funny that no one could come up with an original take on the premise of a schlubby guy and his mean wife and parents.
“We’re in way over our bloody heads here. Let’s just license Raymond.”
(That’s how I imagine the BBC producers addressing the issue. You can tell they’re British because of their colorful language.)
It’s called The Smiths, and it will star Catherine Tate and Lee Mack as the schlubmaster general.
Of course, Russia already took to adapting Raymond, which tells us that a) TV execs aren’t very creative in other countries either, and b) lots of audiences worldwide hate their families.