That's my automatic response when I read that a beloved British programme is slated to become the Next Big Thing in American TV. Though there have been some successful ones - The Office was great for years (though I'm OK with this as the last season), American Idol and X Factor need no explanation and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was a great way to see Regis in prime time - in general, the original versions are just better. The British do their TV well.
But I will say "ugh" to the news that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has signed on with NBC to create an American version on the show, titled The Gilded Age. It will be a drama set in 1880s New York.
It's not that I don't have faith in Mr. Fellowes to do a great job with the show. It's that Downton Abbey is so good... I would rather he focus all of his attention on season 4! I'll check out the series once it airs, but going in with low standards is my strategy on this one.
Are you a Downton Abbey viewer? Will you set the DVR for The Gilded Age?