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British TV Crosses over the Pond

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British TV Crosses over the Pond

British TV Crosses over the Pond

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British import The Office rolls out on NBC Thursday night. American television has a history of shamelessly remaking British series. Sitcoms like All in the Family and Sanford and Son were huge hits in the 1970s, but in recent years the results have tended to fail. A look at why British productions haven't fared well in the U.S. and whether The Office will draw an audience.