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13 items from 2016


Peep Show to get a U.S. remake at Starz

30 July 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Tracking Board is reporting that Starz is set to adapt the UK sitcom Peep Show for U.S. audiences, with the network tapping Eli Jorne (Son of Zorn, Blunt Talk) to write and executive produce a U.S. remake of the show.

“We are hugely relieved to hand over the responsibility of coming up with the dark and twisted thoughts of two terrible men to the extremely funny, dark and twisted Eli Jorne,” said Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, creators of the original show, and consulting producers on the U.S. version.

Both Fox and Spike have previously attempted to adapt the show, which stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb as two dysfunctional flatmates, the socially awkward Mark, and juvenile slacker Jez. The show has won numerous awards, including BAFTAs for Best Situation Comedy and Best Comedy Performance (Mitchell).

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Cult British Comedy 'Peep Show' Gets Starz Adaptation

27 July 2016 11:32 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Beloved British comedy Peep Show ended its nine-season Channel 4 run in December, but the sitcom will enjoy a second life as an American adaptation. The series' producers agreed to a development deal with Starz to bring Peep Show stateside, Variety reports.

The dark comedy starred comedy team David Mitchell and Robert Webb as roommates/social misfits navigating everyday life. The show was presented in a first-person perspective, with viewers assuming the gaze of either Mitchell's Mark or Webb's Jeremy while the respective comedian provided his dialogue in voiceover.

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Peep Show being developed for a Us remake on Starz

27 July 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The long-running British comedy series is being revamped for the Us by Eli Jorne, the co-creator of Fox’s buzzed-about animated sitcom Son of Zorn

Peep Show, the award-winning British comedy that ended its 12-year run on Channel 4 last year, is being developed for a Us remake on Starz. It was the longest-running comedy in Channel 4’s history.

The show’s original creators, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, will work as consulting producers on the new adaptation, according to Deadline. Eli Jorne, the co-creator of Fox’s forthcoming combined live-action and animated sitcom Son of Zorn, has been brought on as showrunner as well as executive producer. He will also be writing all the episodes.

Related: Peep Show's David Mitchell and Robert Webb reunite for new comedy

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‘Peep Show’: American Adaptation of British Comedy in the Works at Starz

27 July 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Today in British comedies being adapted for the U.S.: An American version of “Peep Show,” the nine-season comedic wonder of the U.K.’s Channel 4, is being developed at Starz, Variety has learned.

Series creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong will be consulting producers on the project, but showrunning duties will be handled by executive producer Eli Jorne, previously of Starz’s “Blunt Talk,” FX’s “Wilfred,” and co-creator of upcoming Fox comedy “Son of Zorn.”

“We are hugely relieved to hand over the responsibility of coming up with the dark and twisted thoughts of two terrible men to the extremely funny, dark and twisted Eli Jorne,” Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong said jointly in a statement.

“Peep Show,” the half-hour comedy that starred British comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb and was shot entirely through the first-person perspective of its two protagonists, won two BAFTA Awards and another six nominations over its nine »

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Star Trek: was Cumberbatch supposed to be Gary Mitchell?

27 July 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016

Was Benedict Cumberbatch originally going to play a different villain in Star Trek Into Darkness? Ryan looks at the clues...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness.

It was among the worst-kept movie secrets of 2013: the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. Long before the movie's release, speculation had swirled around the character's anonymous-sounding name: John Harrison. Clearly, fans realised, it was a cover for something far more dramatic.

Wasn't it more likely that Cumberbatch was actually lined up to play a recognisable character from the Star Trek canon? Some suggested Harrison might actually be Charlie Evans, the sinister teenage boy with psychic powers who terrorised the Enterprise in the second ever Original Series episode, Charlie X. Others suggested Cumberbatch might be taking on the role of Khan Noonien Singh, a character first introduced in series one's Space Seed. »

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Upstart Crow: Season Two Renewal for BBC Two Shakespeare Series

15 June 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

BBC Two has renewed the Upstart Crow  TV show for a second season. Set in the 1590s, the comedy follows William Shakespeare (David Mitchell), early in his career. Upstart Crow features Shakespeare’s life, both personal and professional, including the backstory for some of his stories.

During its first season, the Upstart Crow  TV series cast also included: Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Liza Tarbuck, Helen Monks, Gemma Whelan, Mark Heap, Steve Speirs, Tim Downie, Dominic Coleman, Spencer Jones, and Rob Rouse. BBC Two has commissioned Upstart Crow, series two, for six 30-minute episodes, plus a Christmas special; casting to be confirmed.

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Upstart Crow review: Ben Elton finds the comedy in Shakespeare’s history

9 May 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With David Mitchell playing the Bard as a flowery show-off, there’s lots to enjoy in this knockabout sitcom with Liza Tarbuck

Ben Elton has written a new sitcom and it’s funny. Let’s start from there, because with a writing career like Elton’s – bejewelled with brilliance and, more recently, besmirched with ignominy – there is no point looking back. I try not to think of Blackadder because for a writer to return to historical sitcom when the last one he wrote was basically perfect is a brave thing indeed.

Upstart Crow (BBC2) is a knockabout, well-researched take on the working and domestic life of Shakespeare, which fudges his timeline to allow scenes in both Stratford-upon-Avon with his family, and with his theatrical muckers in London. It begins with animated monochrome drawings of yore which in no way make me think of Blackadder’s closing titles because we are looking forward. »

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Peep Show's David Mitchell and Robert Webb reunite for new comedy

28 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4 sitcom Back, about a dysfunctional family running a pub, is written by Veep and In The Loop’s Simon Blackwell

Peep Show stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb will reunite for a new Channel 4 sitcom, Back, about a dysfunctional family running a pub.

The new comedy is written by Simon Blackwell, a regular collaborator with Armando Iannucci on In The Loop and Veep who also wrote episodes of Peep Show, which ended after nine series and 12 years last year.

Related: Peep Show review – the final ride of the El Dude brothers

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Naomi Watts on Her Demolition Costar Jake Gyllenhaal's Parenting Instincts: 'Yes, He Should Be a Dad!'

23 March 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jake Gyllenhaal may not have children of his own, but his many fatherly roles have sure prepared him for the day he does. In his newest film Demolition, which costars Naomi Watts, Gyllenhaal plays David Mitchell, a successful investment banker whose life begins to unravel after his wife is killed in a car accident. When Karen Moreno (Watts) and her son Chris (Judah Lewis) find a special connection with Mitchell, they help him rebuild the life he once knew and loved. And seeing his onscreen connection with Lewis, Watts says the actor "should be a dad" in real life. "Yes, »

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Naomi Watts on Her Demolition Costar Jake Gyllenhaal's Parenting Instincts: 'Yes, He Should Be a Dad!'

23 March 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jake Gyllenhaal may not have children of his own, but his many fatherly roles have sure prepared him for the day he does. In his newest film Demolition, which costars Naomi Watts, Gyllenhaal plays David Mitchell, a successful investment banker whose life begins to unravel after his wife is killed in a car accident. When Karen Moreno (Watts) and her son Chris (Judah Lewis) find a special connection with Mitchell, they help him rebuild the life he once knew and loved. And seeing his onscreen connection with Lewis, Watts says the actor "should be a dad" in real life. "Yes, »

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Being Human: celebrating BBC Three originals

14 February 2016 10:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Next on our list of salutes to BBC Three geek favourites: Toby Whithouse's much-missed Being Human...

It started off as a joke, a silly fantasy twist on a generic sitcom premise, but Being Human somehow, against more odds than we remember years later, ended up becoming one of the defining British genre shows of the decade. It was both of its time back in the vampire-saturated late noughties and classic in the way few shows manage to be. It was lightning in a bottle, and much of its power came from just how unexpected it was.

Back in 2009, BBC Three wasn't known for quality genre drama. The BBC arm aimed at tempting the eyeballs of the notoriously difficult to engage 16-34 age bracket, the channel had been going through an identity crisis since its inception and needed something to define it as an entity in and of itself. »

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Room 101 – review: isn’t it time for Room 102?

14 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

David Tennant feigns sushi outrage and Trevor McDonald has a problem with queueing . I know how the BBC could liven up Room 101

It would be churlish to complain about the new series of Room 101 (BBC1). Fortunately, churlish is my middle name. If TV commissioning editors had any sense, and they don’t, they would commission Room 102, a meta-tv series in which every celebrity who’s ever been on Would I Lie to You, Mock the Week, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Masterchef and Room 101 would have to plead for their lives before an audience of licence-fee payers.

Room 102 would essentially be a mincer in a shed to which losers would be transported on a conveyer belt, like in that episode of the Simpsons where Ralph Wiggum watches cows “graduate” from Bovine University to become hamburgers. Would you pay to see Frank Skinner, Trevor McDonald, Davids Tennant and/or Mitchell »

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‘Peep Show: Series Nine’ DVD Review

4 January 2016 6:04 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

If I ever had a problem with Peep Show, it is that the characters aren’t particularly nice people. They like to think they are, particularly Mark (David Mitchell) with his snobbish selfish view on life and Jeremy (Robert Webb) …who is just Jeremy. In the end for me it’s the people like Super Hans (Matt King) who end up being more likable because he knows who he is, and just doesn’t give a damn.

Peep Show is a show that is built of uncomfortable humour based on the actions of a group of idiots, with the fact that the camera angles come from the actor’s viewpoints making it a little different than usual comedy shows. We get to hear their inner thoughts and get more of an insight into their actions. Whether you like the characters or not, this does make for interesting television.

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- Paul Metcalf

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