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International hits that are ripe for American remakes

FX announced a series pickup for The Bridge — the remake of Scandinavian drama Bron — so we scoured the world for other hits abroad that could make great adaptations here in the U.S.

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International hits that are ripe for American remakes

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Avenida Brasil, Brazil
Renamed: Flathbush Avenue

Story: Cinderella meets Revenge's Emily Thorne on this telenovela revolving around a young working-class woman, Nina, who wants to take down her stepmom for abandoning her in a landfill as a child and then running off with the family's riches.

Dream Cast: House's Odette Annable as Nina; Charlie's Angels' Jaclyn Smith as Nina's stepmom.

Right for: TNT. It would be the perfect, even soapier companion to the net's Dallas reboot.

LINE OF DUTY

ENGLAND

RENAMED

Line of Duty

WHAT IT'S ABOUT

After detective Steve Arnott, the leader of a counterterrorism team, refuses to help cover up a raid gone wrong, he's transferred to an anticorruption unit, where he investigates celebrated — but suspiciously squeaky-clean — detective Tony Gates.

DREAM CAST

Once Upon a Time's Jamie Dornan as Arnott; The Wire's Wood Harris as Gates.

RIGHT FOR...

CBS. The network could use a more complex police drama that slowly unfurls throughout a season.

ISS PYAAR KO KYA NAAM DOON?

INDIA

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Hate to Love

WHAT IT'S ABOUT

A ruthless businessman, Arnav, who only believes in money (think Christian Grey but less X-rated) clashes with an idealistic and nutty small-town girl, Khushi, who stands up to him.

DREAM CAST

Entourage's Adrian Grenier as Arnav; Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay as Khushi.

RIGHT FOR...

NBC. The network tried a romantic-comedy-style sitcom with Bent, which we loved even though it lasted just six episodes. Maybe it's time to try again?

REPLY 1997

SOUTH KOREA

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That '90s Show

WHAT IT'S ABOUT

Set during the '90s boy-band craze, Reply follows five 18-year-old friends while flashing forward to their reunion dinner years later to build How I Met Your Mother-style suspense about who ends up with whom.

DREAM CAST

Wizards of Waverly Place's David Henrie; Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden.

RIGHT FOR...

MTV. The network needs more solid scripted programming. And just imagine all that TRL footage it could repurpose!

Originally posted Feb 22, 2013 Published in issue #1248 Mar 01, 2013 Order article reprints
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