December 14, 2012 8:59am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Developing 'Linda Green' Remake
Fox and the BBC want to spend some time with Linda Green.
The network and BBC Worldwide Productions, alongside Sony Pictures Television, are developing a remake of the British dramedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The original series, which starred Liza Tarbuck and ran for two seasons in 2001-02 on BBC One, revolved around a thirtysomething woman who was a car salesman by day and nightclub singer by night as she and her friends navigated life and love. The Fox project, which has received a script commitment from the network, will be an hourlong effort compared with the original's half-hour format.
Paul Abbott, who co-created the British series from Red Productions with Nicola Shindler, is on board to executive produce. Family Guy's Alex Borstein, who was a writer and producer on Abbott's U.S. Shameless remake at Showtime, is on board to executive produce and pen the script. Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner will also executive produce for BBC Worldwide Productions.
The Fox installment will revolve around the titular character and her four best friends as they navigate their way through their 30s. Set in Boston, the blue-collar series will put the spotlight on the often-disappointing realities of love, marriage and stability with each potential episode offering a glimpse into their life as they try to be just a little kinder to one another.
This marks Abbott's latest U.S. adaptation, joining Showtime's Emmy Rossum/William H. Macy starrer Shameless and the feature film adaptation of State of Play. His latest series, Chloe Sevigny starrer Hit & Miss, ended after one season on DirecTV.
Borstein is repped by WME; Abbott is with the U.K.'s The Agency.
Watch a clip from the British Linda Green, below.