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NBC is trying to remake The IT Crowd for American TV....again

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  1. DFWRocket

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    So the last time they tried an American version of the IT Crowd is was a miserable failure. It was truly truly awful..so they're trying again. They've just commissioned another American Pilot of the British Comedy.

    http://deadline.com/2014/10/it-crowd-remake-bill-lawrence-pilot-nbc-853163/

    EXCLUSIVE: Bill Lawrence already is shepherding a series adaptation of a hit feature comedy, Rush Hour. Now the prolific producer is looking to do the same for one of the most popular British comedy series of the past decade, The IT Crowd. In a competitive situation, a multi-camera U.S. version of Channel 4’s The IT Crowd from Lawrence, Community alums Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Warner Bros. TV has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment.


    NBC also was the network that previously took a stab at an U.S. version of The IT Crowd. The hybrid multi-/single-camera project was developed during the 2006-07 season and was picked up to series for midseason but never aired as the show became a casualty of the network’s 2007 regime change. That NBC-produced iteration of The IT Crowd starred Joel McHale, who went on to topline another NBC workplace comedy, Community, on which Goldman and Donovan worked as executive producers.

    Written by Goldman and Donovan, The IT Crowd is a workplace comedy about two IT nerds stuck in the basement of a major corporation who know nothing about how to interact with people, and their newly installed, ambitious female manager, who knows nothing about computers.


    FremantleMedia is distributing the original series, created by Graham Linehan and produced by his Delightful Productions and Talkback THAMES. The U.S. version is produced by Lawrence’s Doozer; WBTV, where the company is based; and FremantleMedia North America. Lawrence, Goldman & Donovan and Linehan executive produce with Doozer’s Jeff Ingold and FMNA’s Thom Beers and Craig Cegielski.

    The original IT Crowd, which starred Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson, premiered on Channel 4 in 2006 and ran for four seasons plus a special. It earned a best comedy BAFTA, International Emmy and Golden Rose awards.

    NBC/WBTV’s IT Crowd, which stems from a blind script deal Goldman and Donovan inked with WBTV earlier this season, reunites the duo with Lawrence. In only their second staff writing job, Goldman and Donovan joined Lawrence’s NBC comedy Scrubs after the pilot and stayed on the hospital show for its entire run, rising to executive producers and earning a writing Emmy nomination in 2004 for the ‘My Screwup’ episode. Lawrence, Goldman and Donovan created together cult WB comedy pilot Nobody’s Watching, which wasn’t picked up to series by the network but found a second life as a Web series. Goldman and Donovan stayed close with Lawrence, who recommended them for a 20th Century Fox TV overall deal, which just came to an end.

    Lawrence and Goldman & Donovan have extensive experience in workplace comedies with Scrubs, as well as Spin City and Ground Floor, which Lawrence co-created and has exec produced, and Community, on which Goldman and Donovan served as executive producers for three years.

    The IT Crowd marks the fourth big sale for Doozer this season. The company has three pilot production commitments at CBS: for Rush Hour, which Lawrence is co-writing with Blake McCormick, a comedy from Tommy Johnagin, Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, and a Meatball comedy from writer Jeff Astrof. The ICM Partners-repped company also has series Undateable on NBC as well as Cougar Town and Ground Floor on TBS.



    For those unfamiliar with the show:

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  2. Yung-T

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    Impossible to remake imo, the original actors were just too charismatic and stuck in everyone's head. Think it only works with very, very few actors.
     
  3. DallasThomas

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    Thanks NBC, but I'll sit this one out and wait for Season 2 of Silicon Valley.
     
  4. getsmartnow

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    sigh

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  5. shastarocket

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    I love this show too much

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    Rocky Carroll played the Denholm role in the remake, he was the only cast member who looked halfway decent in it. Moss looked so out of place, and the girl brought absolutely nothing to that role.
     
  7. ItsMyFault

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    Really found Silicon Valley funny. Looking forward to season 2.
     
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  8. Dairy Ashford

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    They're just taking the setting which is completely translatable and malleable to an American audience a la the Office and Steptoe. In any case somebody has to produce something other than reality television. Also, bear in mind before you lionize these shows that they serve the same role creatively and quality-wise in UK as they would here.
     
  9. DFWRocket

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    The problem is they tried it before and it was absolutely horrible. It was a shot for shot, word for word remake and it didn't translate at all.

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  10. Bandwagoner

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    It was exactly the same, so how was it horrible? It even had half of the same actors. They only made a pilot and they didn't decide to make any more. It wasn't THAT great of a UK series anyway. Give me Garth Marenghi's Darkplace or Snuff Box way over it.
     
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    That freaking final episode!!!!!!!
     
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  12. seclusion

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    You're crazy. IT crowd was comedic gold.
     
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    Yeah it sucked the first time. Probably will suck this time too.
     
  14. aeroman10

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    IT Crowd doesn't suck. One of the funniest shows I have seen...

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  15. wreck

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    I think they are saying the first American adaptation sucked. The uk version is awesome.
     
  16. FranchiseBlade

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    I will always appreciate and love the British version of IT crowd. Why remake it? The Office turned out well when they remade it, but there is no need to redo something that maximized its potential already.
     
  17. Bandwagoner

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    People who are saying the american version sucked are laughable.

    1. It was exactly the same as the UK version

    2. it was never broadcast.
     
  18. Kid So Fresh

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    British humor is the best brand folks.
     

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