For years of late, American networks have tapped the U.K. to adapt television shows, bringing them across the ocean with such frequency that Showtime decided to mock that concept in the sitcom ‘Episodes.’ FOX will change courses ever so slightly, as they announced a plan to bring a lauded Spanish series to a North American audience.
‘Polseres Vermelles,’ which will be known Stateside as ‘Red Band Society,’ is a Spanish drama that tells the story of the lives and relationships of teenagers living in a hospital. Dark humor and coming-of-age inspiration combine to tell what sounds, at least initially, decided different from other series on TV now (it’s not about doctors, vampires, super heroes, or time travel).
What’s more, the premise offers a chance at taking time to dig into the past and present lives of its characters, while also perhaps allowing for characters to come and go (for better and worse). It also stands to reason that the show will highlight some less than glamorous living situations.
Looking to recreate the success of the award-winning series are Margaret Nagle of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ fame, who will write the script and executive produce, and original EPs Sergio Aguero and Carlos Fernandez.
The Spanish series has been around since 2011, having aired its second season earlier this year, the English adaptation has been in the works nearly as long. It was first developed by Amblin TV and successfully bid upon by ABC. At the time, back in the fall of 2011, Steven Spielberg and ‘Friends’ co-creator Martha Kaufmann were planning on bringing it to air.
You can check out the introduction for the show and get a feel for the tone of the Spanish series below.