ABC Passes (Again) on Pilot Adaptation of BBC's Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and HorsesABC has dethroned Kings of Van Nuys… again.

The alphabet net has passed on a retooled version of the comedy pilot, which was an adaptation of the British series Only Fools and Horses, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The multi-camera sitcom was to star John Leguizamo (ER) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) as two members of a family caught up in zany get-rich-quick schemes. Bridesmaids‘ Wendi McLendon-Covey also appeared in the pilot.

The potential series was originally developed last pilot season. Though the network initially passed, ABC chief Paul Lee was a fan and ordered a second pilot that reunited almost the entire team from the initial go-around. The network officially greenlit the second attempt in August.

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  1. martina says:

    Ugh, anything with John Leguizamo should be axed before it starts!

  2. Tom Charles says:

    The same should be said of Kyle Bornheimer and David Walton, and yet…….

    • wonderwaage says:

      oh yes

    • Mark says:

      Ugh 100% agree on Kyle Bornheimer. He’s awful. Stop giving him work. You can add Andrea Anders to that list too.

      • dude says:

        No, just don’t even go there with Andrea Anders. She was one of the best parts of Joey. Not a huge victory but she’s pretty great.

      • Hannah says:

        I love Kyle B. cause every time he has a new show (Worst Week, Romantically Challenged, Perfect Couples, and now Family Tools) you know your favourite sitcom on that same network is safe! Don’t hate Walton, Bent was butchered by NBC by denyng publicity.

  3. ChapChup says:

    “Del boy Stew….. falling through the bar Stew. It was the funniest thing ever Stew. He was at the bar Stew, then he wasn’t. It was the funnies thing ever Stew. Del boy. Falling through the bar. On Only Fools and Horses. And Trigger made a face.”

    -Stewart Lee

  4. TV Gord says:

    It’s a global marketplace today. Enough with the remakes. Watch the originals, and the rest of you??? Find something ORIGINAL of your own.

    • Barb says:

      Totally agree. So tired of seeing lousy remakes when the originals are so great. Networks don’t understand the concept of a new idea and originality. To me this is just plain laziness and trying to make a quick buck on a successful idea (though not in this country).

  5. ben says:

    Well, it’s a shame to see anything that Christopher Lloyd is cast as a series regular in not go forth.

  6. Jared says:

    This pilot couldn’t be any worse than ABCs midseason comedy’s they have coming up.

  7. Deb says:

    When I first heard that Only Fools and Horses was being remade I was mystified. Why would you mess with the comic perfection and pathos of the original, and the comic genius of David Jason. Go and watch the BBC original series, and you’ll see what I mean.

  8. Sian says:

    I don’t really think an American take on Only Fools and Horses would work anyways. The two shows would be so different that I don’t really know why they were being linked in the first place.

  9. mia says:

    Loved the original show, so I’m on the fence about a reboot

  10. Only Fools And Horses was a classic British comedy which featured the perfect cast and should never be remade by anyone. It was very funny then and is just as funny today watching re-runs of it. Any re-make of this will only spoil it! No new cast could ever capture the comedy of the original cast and all it’s brilliance. The BBC should NEVER let this classic comedy be re-made. Leave Only Fools And Horses alone and make something fresh and original. I fear the writers of today are running out of ideas and are looking at past shows that captured the audience and gained a cult following so the TV networks can get the viewers back. Re-makes are never the same and will not gain any viewers. Please make something fresh and leave the classic comedy shows alone!

    • Nik Louch says:

      I fail to see how a remake for a different audience, in a different setting, with different actors on a different channel will “spoil” anything! Do the originals cease to exist? No. Do they come to your house, steal your DVDs and replace them? No.

      A remake has the chance to be as good as, worse, or better than the original down to the writing, acting, directing, etc. It’s not aimed at people who have seen the original. It’s not “for you”. It’s for people who generally don’t know of the original, and so it’s new to them.

      They are leaving “Only Fools And Horses” alone, this isn’t OF&H, it’s a new show based upon the same premise. A new cast could certainly capture the spirit of the original, but in a different way. As for “the writers of today” – OF&H was not a “new idea” at the time – the idea of a wheeler-dealer trying to get rich quick exists in many forms, heck as far back as Shakespeare. Sullivan is a great character writer – I will never deny that – but he invented nothing new here, simply he populated an existing idea with well written characters.

      Remakes often gain a lot of viewers, and sometimes achieve greater success than the originals. Look at Battlestar Galactica. Sorry, but just because you are a fan of the original doesn’t mean it’s right to post absolute twaddle just because you feel something special to you is being somehow taken away!