The Road to Freedom, Forever Families and British TV Imports: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Join us for a look back at American adaptations of popular British TV series on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,

British television series have been a fertile source of inspiration for American TV producers for more than four decades, not just comedies such as Til Death Do Us Part and Steptoe and Son (from which All in the Family and Sanford and Son were developed, respectively), but also dramatic programs such as Life on Mars, The Killing and Prime Suspect. In some cases, such as All in the Family, Three’s Company and The Office, the American version proved just as successful as the British original. More other than not, however (such as the attempts to adapt Fawlty Towers, Couplings and Absolutely Fabulous), the American counterparts fall woefully short.

We’ll take a look at notable American adaptations of British shows — some that work, and some that didn’t — when television historian Paul Green (Pete Duel: A Biography, Jennifer Jones: The Life and Films) and writer, producer and comedy scholar Dan Farren (Story Salon) join Tony Figueroa and me in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Christine Devine, Emmy Award-winning news anchor for KTTV, FOX 11, and the spokesperson for Wednesday’s Child, a national program that helps children from the foster care system find permanent families. The Wednesday’s Child feature is seen every week on FOX affiliates in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Christine’s book, Finding a Forever Family: A News Anchor’s Notebook on Adoption Within the Foster Care System, is a very touching story of how the Wednesday’s Child program changed not only her life, but also the lives of more than 500 foster children and foster parents across the country.

Christine Devine recently received the prestigious Governor’s Award from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences for the Los Angeles area in recognition of her efforts on behalf of Wednesday’s Child. In addition, the Wednesday’s Child program will be receiving the National Congressional Coalition’s Angels in Adoption Award in Washington, D.C. during the month of in October. Only a select number of individuals, including Laura Bush and Muhammad Ali, have received the national honor. We’ll talk about how Christine came to be involved with Wednesday’s Child, and more, when she joins us in our first hour.

Also in our first hour, we’ll meet rising independent film director Brendan Moriarty. Brendan’s first film, The Road to Freedom, tells the story of Sean Flynn, the son of legendary movie actor Errol Flynn, who gave up a promising film career to become a photojournalist for TIME magazine — where he not only helped bright to light images of the Vietnam War that were not known to the American public, but also discovered a sense of purpose for himself. The Road to Freedom opens in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities across the country during the week of Oct. 3.

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