ABC Adapting 'Moone Boy' With Chris O'Dowd

Based on his semi-autobiographical International Emmy-winning sitcom
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"Moone Boy"

Chris O'Dowd is bringing his critically acclaimed comedy Moone Boy to ABC.

The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to the semi-autobiographical comedy from the Family Tree and Bridesmaids alum, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

O'Dowd created, writes and stars in the International Emmy-winning comedy, which is described as a quirky show about 12-year-old Martin Moone and the sarcastic, imaginary friend who helps him navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood.

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O'Dowd will pen the script and executive produce ABC's single-camera adaptation. Unlike the original series, O'Dowd is not currently expected to have any on-screen role. The comedy hails from Sony Pictures Television, 3 Arts Entertainment as well as original producers Sprout Pictures Limited, Baby Cow Productions and Hot Cod Productions. 3 Arts' Dave Becky and Nick Frenkel will exec produce for 3 Arts.

The Irish sitcom was first produced for British broadcaster Sky. The six-episode first season aired in 2012, with another half-dozen episodes comprising a second season airing earlier this year. Both seasons have run on PBS and are available on Hulu. Season three is currently in the works.

THR's chief TV critic Tim Goodman dubbed Moone Boy the best comedy of 2013, calling the series "the biggest and best surprise" of the year. "So few people knew about it but then ended up loving it when they watched. A heartwarming coming-of-age story set in Ireland with a fantastic cast led by O'Dowd," he wrote after calling the show "one of the most charming series on TV" in his initial review.

The Moone Boy adaptation marks O'Dowd's latest stateside TV gig. He previously starred in HBO and BBC2's Christopher Guest co-production Family Tree.

The comedy comes as ABC, under entertainment group president Paul Lee, continues to mine international fare. Earlier this year, ABC adapted comedy Bad Education with star Jack Whitehall attached; in 2013 the network rebooted comedies Spy and Pulling; in 2012, the Disney-owned net took on Only Fools and Horses and Red Van Man take Family Tools, with the latter the only one going to series.

O'Dowd is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Gordon and French in the U.K. Baby Cow and Sprout are with CAA. Watch the series premiere, below.

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