Political comedy show 'CQC' has eye on U.S.

Dominic Monaghan among hosts in one-hour pilot

BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas wants to bring its signature political comedy show "CQC" to the U.S. and have shot a pilot co-hosted by "Lost" star Dominic Monaghan.

Monaghan is one of a trio of studio hosts rounded out by comedian Greg Giraldo ("Root of all Evil") and actor-musician Zach Selwyn ("Attack of the Show").

The one-hour pilot -- co-produced by Eyeworks 3Ball -- features segments with presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain, an interview with Danny Bonaduce and a red carpet stop at the MTV Movie Awards.

"CQC" -- Spanish for "Caiga Quien Caiga," meaning "whoever might fall" -- has been a staple of Argentine television for 13 years. It takes an in-your-face and ironic look at current events, driven by the three wise-cracking studio hosts and a team of aggressive street reporters. The show is known for its slick aesthetics, fast edits and the black suits and sunglasses worn by the cast.

"It's such a polished show. It has a Matrix-style quality, and it's very hip. But once you get into it, you realize that we deal with some serious issues," Monaghan told The Hollywood Reporter during filming in Buenos Aires.

Producers are hopeful that the show's politically incorrect style will intrigue U.S. audiences.

"Our attitude has always been: 'This is who we are, and this what we offer.' We never made this show just thinking about the audience," Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas CEO Diego Guebel said.

"CQC" has been successfully adapted in other markets in Latin America and Europe. It airs on Bandeirantes in Brazil, Mega in Chile and on Italy's Italia 1 and Spain's La Sexta.

Production will wrap in Argentina this month, and the company will be shopping the pilot to U.S. networks in July.
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