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On occasion, this column may have made it seem that comedians hold nothing sacred. Not so Frank Skinner, who has told the Birmingham Mail that he spurned an offer to narrate the TV documentary series Benefits Street because he "didn't want to be critical of Brummies". The comic is from West Bromwich, three miles from the Winson Green community represented in the Channel 4 show. "The production company sent me a couple of clips," said Skinner. "They said it was going to be about the community spirit in the street, but I was a bit worried about the topic." Skinner must consider it a narrow escape; the series has been heavily criticised for portraying local residents as scroungers. »
- Brian Logan
HBO is looking to France for its next hit show. The cable network will remake the French comedy "Hard," about a widow tasked with running her husband's failing pornography company.
According to Variety, which broke the news, former "Sex and the City" and "The Big C" writer/producer Jenny Bicks is adapting the show, which will be set in L.A.'s upper-class Brentwood neighborhood. The widow will have to walk the line between her normal life and her job as a porn company executive.
The show is in development with Bicks, Stephen McPherson and Vin Di Bona serving as executive producers. There is no word on when it's expected to go into production or debut. The original series ran for two seasons on France's Canal+. A third was announced in 2012 but has yet to air. »
ABC Family has ordered two comedies including Mystery Girls, a comedy starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth as a pair who starred in a popular 90s detective show and end up being drawn into solving mysteries. The other upcoming comedy is Young & Hungry about a food blogger who gets a job as a tech entrepreneur’s personal chef. Young & Hungry‘s cast includes Rex Lee and the faboo Annie Potts in a recurring role.
Two songs! Why isn’t it Thursday*, already?
Stevie Nicks is fantastic in this Wednesday’s Coven episode. Guess which Two Songs she sings?
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) January 6, 2014
* It airs tomorrow night, but I have a husband with an early bedtime.
A study claims that 80% of »
- Lyle Masaki
The French television series Hard, about a woman who inherits her husband's failing porn company, is to be remade by Us network HBO.
Hard, available in the UK on demand via Sky Arts, centres around a Catholic housewife who discovers her husband's secret life as a porn mogul after he dies – and has to carry it on when she faces financial difficulties. It ran from 2008-2011 with two series, starring Natacha Lindinger. Now HBO, the network behind hits like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, is shifting the action to Brentwood in California.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Who better to craft a plethora of double entendres then an alumna of Sex And The City? Writer and producer Jenny Bicks, also of The Big C and Men in Trees, will adapt the dark French comedy Hard, which might technically qualify as a single entendre. The HBO show will follow a "Brentwood housewife who inherits her husband’s failing porn company." Finally, a chance to use all those Satc one-liners that had to be cut for time. Let no cunnilingus pun go unused, we always say. »
- Halle Kiefer
Dark comedy revolves around a Brentwood housewife who inherits her husband’s failing porn company. She’s challenged to manage a business and her dueling lives, which she shares with her coffee-clatch friends.
Vin Di Bona, exec producer of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” suggested the property was ripe for U.S. adaptation after McPherson, the former ABC Entertainment chief, hung out his producing shingle last spring.
“Hard” is in the early stage of development at HBO. Bicks, McPherson and Di Bona’s Fishbowl Worldwide Media are exec producers. Fishbowl’s senior VP Shaleen Desai is handling the project for the company.
Bicks, who was a key scribe on “Sex and the City, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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