Mark Gordon, ITV Remaking 'White Van Man' for ABC

10:00 AM PST 10/17/2011 by Lesley Goldberg
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Former "My Name Is Earl" executive producer Bobby Bowman will pen the project for ABC Studios.

ABC is revving its engines for White Van Man.

The network, with ABC Studios-based the Mark Gordon Co., is teaming with ITV Studios to remake British comedy White Van Man.

The sitcom created by Adrian Poynton was first broadcast on BBC Three and BBC HD this year and starred Will Mellor as Ollie, a man with big business dreams who must put them on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father, Tony (Clive Mantle).

Former My Name Is Earl executive producer Bobby Bowman will pen the adaptation for ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.

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"White Van Man has a great following in the U.K. and is a universal story, one that translates very well across countries and cultures,” ITV Studios America CEO Paul Buccieri said in a statement announcing the news Monday. "There is humor and drama and tremendous potential for this series in the U.S. and we are thrilled that we have Bobby's brilliance, and the pedigree of the Mark Gordon Co. behind the project."

A second season of White Van Man, which stands as BBC Three's highest-rated debut sitcom, is in production for next year.

White Man Van is the latest in a long string of projects this development season for hot producer Mark Gordon.

ITV currently has a slew of series on the air stateside, including NBC's Prime Suspect reboot.

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