13 items from 2012
ABC has passed on Kings Of Van Nuys, its comedy pilot starring John Leguizamo. This was the second pilot for the multi-camera project based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, which was originally developed and picked up the pilot last season. It missed the cut but ABC chief Paul Lee, a big fan of the original series, liked it enough to order a retooling. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who wrote the original pilot, penned the new version. Virtually the entire team from the first pilot, including everyone from the cast and director Ted Wass, returned for the new pilot, which was formally greenlighted in late August. After screening the second pilot, ABC brass decided not to go forward with the project. The timing is fortunate for the cast as they will now be available for pilot season. The ABC Studios-produced Kings Of Van Nuys chronicled the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
ABC has given a formal green light to a new pilot for Kings Of Van Nuys starring John Leguizamo. ABC first ordered a pilot for the multi-camera project, based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, last season. It missed the cut but ABC chief Paul Lee, a big fan of the original series, liked it enough to order a retooling. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who wrote the original pilot, penned a new version. A month ago at TCA, stressing the ABC’s ongoing commitment to the multi-camera comedy genre, Lee noted that Kings Of Van Nuys was being re-piloted. Back then, the new script was still being written and deals with the actors were being made. The network is now going ahead with shooting a new pilot after securing virtually the entire team from the original pilot, including the entire cast and director Ted Wass. The ABC Studios »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
After the high profile and, what Hollywood execs like to call “high concept” shows of last week’s article, this week I will be going through new pilots which follow two trends I like to call “remaking is breaking” and “Desperate Housewives is over and Grey’s Anatomy has got to end sometime”.
Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives have been big ratings pulls in the coveted demographic (18-49 if you don’t know) for ABC and have meant big advertising bucks. And, even though Grey’s prolific creator Shonda Rhimes, who will be show running three to five shows next season depending on pickups, has claimed that Grey’s will move past eight seasons, there is a general sense that the show is on the decline and, coupled with the loss of Desperate Housewives at the end of the current season, there is a definite hole in the market. »
- Fred Salmon
“Only Fools and Horses”, the British sitcom which has been named the greatest comedy of all time on numerous occasions on these shores is being remade for American audiences by ABC.
When a U.S. Only Fools was first announced many British fans instantly expected this to fail, with even Del Boy himself David Jason being skeptical of the possibility of it being anything other than a failure. Early judgement was to be expected, but as news snippets and details of casting come out, are there signs that this ‘horse’ may have legs?
First up was the announcement that John Leguizamo would be playing Del Boy…
- David Pustansky
Dustin Ybarra has been cast as Rodney in the Us version of Only Fools and Horses. The ABC comedy show, which is based on the format of the British sitcom first launched in 1981, will follow brothers Del Boy and Rodney and their ageing grandfather as they devise get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. According to Deadline, Ybarra has been offered the part and will now work alongside writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and executive producer Jeff Golenberg. His previous roles include We Bought a Zoo and Balls to the Wall. It was recently reported that John Leguizamo will take the role of Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses. (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
I’ve had my fill of Del and Rodney Trotter’s misadventures and I’d be happy if they never made another episode. Every so often, if I’m so inclined and stumble across one, I’ll pop an old episode on the box, but I’ll never ever make the effort to hunt it down.
I know that if I were to argue that Only Fools And Horses isn’t that good a TV show that I’d face an overwhelming amount of backlash, so I won’t even bother. I think it’s on Ok show that has some memorable and funny moments, which I guess you could argue occasionally encapsulate the essence of ‘British humour’. It has long since ran its course and should remain as a relic easily accessible from any home in Britain. So why on earth have the U.S decided to remake it? »
- Jack Abbot
Here's a story to make you wonder whether it's Shrove Tuesday or April Fool's Day or indeed 'What The Cr#p?' Day. Yes, that's right: John Leguizamo has been cast as Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in ABC's Us pilot of Only Fools And Horses.The '80s British telly staple is to be dusted off and given an American makeover. Leguizamo has taken the lead role as part of his new development deal with ABC, although there's no word yet on who'll be joining him behind the wheel of that Reliant (or Us equivalent) as Rodney.Scrubs writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley are charged with translating the references to Trevor Francis tracksuits and pot pourri into something Us-friendly. According to Deadline Hollywood, Leguizamo’s long-time manager Jeff Golenberg takes exec-producer duties.Question is: what have you got left when you strip away the '80s get-rich-quick, cushty cockneyisms, »
Exclusive: Just 10 days after actor-comedian John Leguizamo signed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios, he has signed on to star in the ABC/ABC Studios multicamera comedy pilot Only Fools And Horses. Based on the British format, the multicamera comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney, and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Del, the older brother, is the leader of the team. He is an overly confident bon vivant and con artist who trades crap out of the back of his car, cheerful and oblivious to the fact that he is a lowlife scamster. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley wrote the adaptation and will executive produce with Leguizamo’s longtime manager Jeff Golenberg of the Collective. As part of Leguizamo’s deal with ABC, if Only Fools And Horses doesn’t go to series, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The single-camera project from Bobby Bowman is based on the British format White Van Man, and centers on a man who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father.
White Man Van is one of eight new comedies in development for ABC’s fall 2012 lineup. If you don’t like the sound of that one, check out these others:
How to Live With Your »
- Lynette Rice
Like Revenge on ABC? Well you may get a lot more of it.
The lion’s share of the net’s drama pilots in development for fall offer sudsy tales in the vein of the Hamptons-based drama that’s currently tearing up the screen on Wednesdays. (To wit: The drama, which is averaging 8.7 million viewers, leads its hour against old dramas on CBS and NBC among adults 18-34 and key female demos. It’s also the net’s most-watched series in the hour in more than four years, since Lost in 2006-07).
Female-skewing serials fit in best for the home »
- Lynette Rice
Only Fools and Horses is to be remade in America, it has been reported. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, writers and producers of Happy Endings and Scrubs, are said to be adapting the classic sitcom for ABC. The Us version will centre around two brothers and their grandfather as they attempt various get-rich-quick schemes to become millionaires, much like John Sullivan's original BBC show, the Radio Times reports. David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst starred in Only Fools and Horses for the BBC. Originally airing between 1981 and 1991 and later followed (more) »
- By Colin Daniels
Pilot madness continues! ABC and CBS just picked up a slew of comedy pilots. There’s shows about bromance, romance, kooky families, get-rich schemes and even GroupOn. If you were a betting man, or gamblin’ woman, which of these would you put your money on? Is the next Modern Family here? (Or at least the next Suburgatory?).
Here’s the rundown:
– How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (ABC): Logline: “Polly, a recently divorced, single mom, moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max, a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries. »
- James Hibberd
ABC has given out 3 more pilot orders to comedy projects, How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, from Accidentally on Purpose creator Claudia Lonow; untitled buddy comedy from feature writer Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor); and And Only Fools And Horses, from Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, a multi-camera/hybrid comedy produced by 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Television, is in the mold of another 20th TV comedy, How I Met Your Mother – a multi-camera comedy that is shot without live audience and features more scenes than a regular sitcom — had a put pilot commitment. Based on Lonow’s own life, How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, which can certainly vie for the longest series title crown, is described as an outrageous comedy with lots of heart. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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