BBC America Knows What’s Going On
July 8, 2008 4:25 PM
Television Critics Association rules at press tour prohibit taking photos during the sessions, but reporters sit at long tables and most have their laptops open, taking notes.
BBC America’s “Gavin and Stacey” co-creator James Corden, like most college professors, realized exactly what was occurring on most screens in the room.
He said it was amazing to be sitting on stage talking to people while everybody checks their e-mail.
A quick glance around the room from my vantage point confirms his point. Hey, reporters are busy people and tabbed browsing was made for a reason.
Also, we learned, there is a pilot in the works for NBC based on “Gavin and Stacey.”
Mr. Corden and Ruth Jones, his fellow writer on “Gavin,” are slated as executive producers, but weren’t up-to-date on the status of an American “Gavin.”
Mr. Corden asked the assembled reporters, if anyone knows NBC Entertainment’s Ben Silverman, to have him call Mr. Corden so Mr. Corden can find out more about the Americanized version.
Also, BBC America President Garth Ancier announced that the cable network will begin airing episodes of the series "Skins" on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Aug. 13.
Mr. Ancier, a former WB executive, called "Skins" an updated version of "Dawson's Creek." It's a popular coming-of-age show on digital pay channel E4 in the U.K.
The network is looking at addressing language and nudity issues from the British version, and needs to cut it down in order to create space for an appropriate commercial load, he said.
BBC America has acquired two seasons of "Skins" for a total of 19 episodes.
—Andrew Krukowski and Jon Lafayette
(5 p.m.: Updated with Garth Ancier/"Skins")