Little Mosque in the Midwest?
Canada's comedy series Little Mosque on the Prairie, about a Muslim community in a small prairie town, is headed south of the border. 20th Century Fox TV has picked up the rights to remake the show for American audiences.
What's the deal?
The comedy, which has been a success for the CBC since its premiere in early 2007, has generated a ton of buzz worldwide: It's one of the highest-rated Canadian-produced programs, and the series has already been exported to Dubai, Finland, Turkey, Israel, France, and Switzerland. Fox will be remaking the show, not just airing the original Canadian version, and one of the show's Canadian distributors said that the studio "got the creative vision of the show, that it has to be funny while it treads sensitively on certain Muslim issues."
Didn't we just do this?
When the CW's Aliens in America premiered last Fall, I heard some comments that it was reminding people of Little Mosque. Aliens was funny, but it never became a hit; will Little Mosque meet the same fate? If you've seen the Canadian show, I'd love to know how you think it will work for the US. In the meantime, you can watch the beginning of the series' first episode if you read more.