Even before the pilot episode of future-cop show Phoo Action aired, network heads at the BBC have decided to make the show into a six episode series. Action is about a bad-ass kung fu cop who teams up with a surly teenage girl to fight the criminal Freebies Gang. Adapted from Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett's 1990s strip Get The Freebies, the show will have its full mini-season later this year.
Rumor has it the BBC's decision was based as much based on contractual obligations and deadlines than anything else. The pilot's ratings were almost a third lower than usual for its timeslot on the same channel (Network spokespeople point out that show was simulcast online, which may account for the lower TV audience). Nonetheless, the announcement should please those who seemed to think that the trailer showed some promise. Now all we need to do is get BBC America to show this instead of more reruns of Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. [Digital Spy.co.uk]