Getting a US adaptation of a British show off the ground is a difficult needle to thread and NBC’s attempt to adapt Sky Living’s Gates has fallen short. NBC just passed on their adaptation of the series (titled The Gates) from 20th Century Fox Television.
Based on the British series, The Gates is set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. The pilot was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Kapital Entertainment and starred Kathleen Greg Germann, Rose Perkins, Ken Marino, Diana Maria Riva, Josh Grisetti, Christina Kirk, Echo Kellum and Stephen Guarino. The Gates was directed by Marc Buckland, with Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith, Aaron Kaplan, Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke serving as executive producers.
This pilot season has seen a number of orders given to adaptations of British series. The Gates had some rather weak support at NBC, so the fact it was passed on comes as no real surprise. There is another adaptation of a British series which appears to have lost all steam and is destined to join The Gates on the scrapheap. That pilot is ABC’s Spy, again based on a Sky series. As for the original Gates, the series aired 5 episodes on Sky Living last August and there is still no official word on whether the series will return for a second season, though I hear it is unlikely.