Comedy Central nabs U.K.'s 'Time Trumpet'

EXCLUSIVE: Net to adapt show for U.S. market with original creator

NEW YORK -- Comedy Central has handed out a pilot order to "Time Trumpet," based on a series originally aired on the U.K.'s BBC2 channel in 2006.

Comedy Central bought the rights to the format and will adapt it for the U.S. market with original creator Armando Iannucci overseeing scripting and production.

The show is described as an historical documentary, or a look at the news of today -- often political or social in nature -- as told from the future.

In one episode of the U.K. version, the storyline revolved around public fatigue with the monarchy and showed how noone attended the fictional 2012 coronation of King Charles. Another episode focused on reality TV and voyeuristic tendencies and said that the top-rated show of 2010 was called "Rape an Ape."

Clips of such events were interspersed with commentary from pundits and celebrities of our time -- but in their aged future form.

In the U.K., Iannucci is known as the creator of such projects as "The Day Today," "I'm Alan Partridge" and "The Thick Of It," a comedic look behind the scenes of British politics.

Comedy Central is still looking for a showrunner to work with Iannucci on fleshing out the U.S. version. If the pilot gets picked up to series, the network is expected to target it for late 2011 or 2012.
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