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I hope it will be filmed in front of a live audience so we do get a more traditional 70's sitcom laughter soundtrack.
If it's shot in the modern day Gervais Office/Extras style with no laughter, I don't think it will work as well.
As much as it needs to stand on its own away from the old FT, it can't stray too far away.
OFAH definitely should have ended with the Christmas 1996 trilogy. On top of flogging a dead horse, it also felt.... a little mean spirited to the characters.
Absoulutely. The Trotters walking off into the sunset.
'This time next year we could be billionaires!'
Brilliant way to end on.
No need to bring back Basil and Fawlty Towers. It'll get panned no matter what.
Surely Cleese doesn't need the money. He's milked playing the character or variations of it since though, so it doesn't surprise me he's looking at reviving his most beloved character.
I think that'd be funny actually. Perhaps a bit too meta and in the vein something Ricky Gervais would do, but still cool.
Anyway, I'm kinda skeptical about this. Fawlty Towers for me exists in this sort of time vacuum as a 70s BBC comedy - laugh track, ropey sets, farcical scenarios, and even its use of stereotypes. That's not a criticism of the show, I think it's wonderfully written and rewatch it. I would say the same about a show like The Young Ones (for somewhat different reasons, but it's a show I still love and find hilarious). Setting it outside of Torquay, let alone in the modern world and with an American production company, fundementally changes it.
It's also a show that I don't feel has any room for it to be continued. Many of the supporting cast are either dead or won't return (Connie Booth having quit the television industry and Prunella Scales unfortunately having Alzheimers). It's not like Fraiser - another show being rebooted without many of the supporting cast - which left the main character in an open ended place story wise, and is even a spin off of a previous television show. Again, it may as well be a different show altogether.
It's a good idea isn't it? Especially as it's about Fawlty Towers, pretty much the most iconic of the 'untouchable' perfect sitcoms because everyone knows it shouldn't be brought back. But as you say, the problem is that is ground which has been gone over many times, from Gervais to Episodes to Curb Your Enthusiasm to all sorts of other ones.
Also , like 007 sequels , maybe we should look at this new show on its own merits instead of comparing it to 70s original.....its difficult , i know , but audience can give it a try