10:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Starz Developing Adaptation of U.K. Comedy 'Peep Show'
Peep Show is heading stateside.
An adaptation of the award-winning U.K. comedy is in the works at Starz, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Filmed through first-person perspective from its two main character, Peep Show centers around two dysfunctional friends who share their lives while trying to adjust to the professional world. The Channel 4 series, which premiered in 2003 and ran for nine seasons, went on to win two BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards and two Royal Television Awards.
Series creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong will serve as consulting producers on the U.S. adaptation. Eli Jorne (Blunt Talk, Wilfred) is attached to write the half-hour pilot and serve as showrunner. Jorne will executive produce with All3Media America CEO Greg Lipstone and Objective Media Group America’s Jimmy Fox (The Arrangement) and Layla Smith (Witless). (Objective Media Group also produced the original series.)
“Peep Show gives a unique spin to relationship comedy — it’s a great opportunity for Starz to innovate in the half-hour space,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said Wednesday in a statement.
Starz senior vp original programming Ken Segna and original programing director Patrick McDonald will be the network execs in charge of Peep 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,” Bain and Armstrong said in a joint statement.
Added Jorne: "I feel lucky to be working with Starz again. And I'm, of course, grateful to Sam and Jesse for entrusting me with nine seasons' worth of insightful, darkly hilarious material that I can hopefully pass off to American audiences as my own."
The news comes just weeks after Starz moved its original programming from Saturday to Sunday evenings, which resulted in a ratings bump for drama Power. If picked up to series, Peep Show would join the pay cabler's original comedies Blunt Talk, Survivor's Remorse and the hourlong Ash vs. Evil Dead.