The 2011 British TV Invasion

Ricky Gervais has had a spiritual home in the US since NBC adapted The Office in 2005, and he's even got own animated series, The Ricky Gervais Show, whose second season started on January 14 on HBO. But after roasting Hollywood to a crisp at the Golden Globes on Sunday, it's safe to say he's an American household name.

Morgan aims to bring the addictive juice of a British tabloid to Larry King's time slot (and CNN's weak ratings) with Piers Morgan Tonight. But even if his interviews stay as softball as his premiere with Oprah Winfrey, he'll at least be populating the American airwaves with British stars. Now-notorious Ricky Gervais and Oscar-darling Colin Firth are already scheduled.

Syfy's new series about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost who share an apartment, which premiered Monday, is a remake of a 2008 BBC series with the same name. Word on the blogs is our spooky, angsty 20-somethings have more style than their British counterparts.

MTV's Skins launched this pile of nubility into celebrity last night, but the British version it replicates (shot for shot, we hear), has already burned through three generations of hormonal teenagers since 2007. 


Americans can claim pop star-turned-reality show judge Paula Abdul as a native daughter, but her post-Idol gig, Live to Dance, is a remake of the British dance competition Got To Dance. Live to Dance launched January 4.

Though not due until the fall, British pop competition reboot The X Factor is already being heavily promoted. It will be the new home of premier British export Simon Cowell, naturally.

On April 29, Prince William and Kate Middleton will wed in Westminster Abbey, and much of the US will be up at 4 in the morning to catch the live 3-D broadcast.

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